Aviation fuel supplier Epic and U.S. Bank Multi Service Aviation introduced a new Epic/Multi Service Aviation co-branded aviation services card today at the Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference in New Orleans. According to the companies, the new card will be accepted globally via the Multi Service Aviation network starting in the first quarter.
Airports, Heliports and FBOs
New developments at airports and heliports, including regulations and noise issues; legal disputes; openings, acquisitions and mergers of FBOs; AIN’s Annual FBO Survey Reports; and news, issues and concerns regarding fuel cards, fuel prices and alternative fuels.
On Friday, the U.S. government filed a response to a lawsuit filed against it by the city of Santa Monica, which is seeking to establish its right to control future use of the Santa Monica Airport property. The city believes that it did not relinquish title to the airport when it leased the property to the U.S. government during World War II. When the government relinquished the leasehold on Aug. 10, 1948, it stipulated that the property must remain an airport.
A bitter dispute that had been fought for more than three years reached its conclusion this week when it was announced that the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority will buy out the Tac Air FBO at the city’s Lovell Field Airport for $12.375 million. Tac Air had protested the authority’s decision to build another FBO at the airport, citing a lack of business to support two FBOs.
At NBAA’s 25th annual Schedulers and Dispatcher Conference taking place this week in New Orleans, global fuel provider Avfuel will have a record number of its dealers present as exhibitors.
AIN’s annual FBO survey for 2014 is now live for selected participants to vote for their favorite facilities. Those selected will receive email notifications regarding the survey over the coming weeks.
Next month, as the Super Bowl and its pageantry take the New York City area by storm for the first time, local GA airports and service providers are hoping that metaphorical storm will be the only one on the radar.
Wilson Air Center has begun the second phase of expansion at its FBO at Houston Hobby Airport. Phase one consisted of a total renovation of its existing facility, including pilots’ lounges and snooze rooms, a presidential suite and more than 80,000 sq ft of hangar space. The next installment will include the construction of a G650-size 25,000-sq-ft hangar with office complex.
A new heliport is set to open this month in the Dallas suburb of DeSoto, Texas. Construction on the $5 million, 19-acre facility began last March and will include 25,000 sq ft of heated hangar space to accommodate 50 helicopters and more than an acre of concrete ramp. The 12,000 sq ft of terminal and office space will house businesses such as flight training providers, emergency medical services, law enforcement, charter and ENG operations. Jet-A and avgas will be available 24 hours a day from self-serve fuel islands.
After a four-year absence from its product line, Lektro will be restoring its smallest battery-powered aircraft tug, the AP8350, to its lineup next month. According to the Oregon-based company, the tug–which can handle aircraft weighing up to 10,000 pounds–has been revived to meet the needs of customers operating very light jets. The tug couples a traction motor directly to a helical-gear Dana differential and has a universal nose-gear lifting cradle. An on-board GPU is optional.
In time for next month’s Super Bowl, Jet Aviation has completed a 70,000-sq-ft expansion of its ramp at Teterboro Airport, bringing the total footprint of its facility there to more than 1.6 million sq ft. The added space will create room for 20 to 25 more aircraft, which is important since the FBO is expecting some 200 business aircraft movements during the week of the Super Bowl. The company also completed renovations on a 20,000-sq-ft maintenance hangar and adjoining offices.