The city of McKinney, Texas, has completed changing the name of its airport to McKinney National Airport from Collin County Regional Airport. The rebranding accompanies the city’s $25 million purchase of the lone FBO on the field, formerly operated by Cutter Aviation, from Schuler Development, along with several more hangars and improvements. The Dallas suburb planned the changes as a cornerstone for economic development of the airport as well as a means to erase the annual $600,000 subsidy the city has provided it.
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.
In its continued attempt to close Santa Monica (Calif.) Airport, the city of Santa Monica is now claiming that the statute of limitations on the FAA’s interests in the airfield should be applied with an earlier date.
TAG Farnborough Airport has started a 12-week public consultation period on an airspace change proposal that would “create a new operating environment with elements of controlled airspace” around the London-area business aviation airfield. Feedback gathered during the consultation will be considered before TAG submits a final plan to the UK Civil Aviation Authority, the company said.
As the New York area geared up for the Super Bowl on February 2, the local FBOs were preparing for the arrival of hundreds of business aircraft along with their passengers and crews.
In 1968, the Vietnam War was raging, the public got its first glimpse of Boeing’s iconic 747 and Apollo 8 orbited the Moon for the first time. Meanwhile, up in the “Great White North,” entrepreneur and general aviation pilot Irving Shoichet launched an aircraft charter company and founded the first FBO at Toronto International Airport (renamed Lester B. Pearson International Airport during the 1980s).
Airport and aircraft sales information provider Globalair.com has added GPS locating to its FBO Fuel Prices Apple iOS app.
At NBAA’s Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference in New Orleans this week, the National Air Transportation Association recognized JetCenter Los Angeles at Jack Northrop Field/Hawthorne Municipal Airport as the second FBO to successfully complete the requirement for its Safety 1st Ground Audit Standard.
The FBO industry should expect a flat market this year with spotty increases in fuel sales, according to the results of an annual FBO industry survey conducted by John Enticknap and Ron Jackson, principals of the Aviation Business Strategies Group (ABSG). Their findings, released today at the NBAA Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference in New Orleans, predict that approximately half the marketplace will see a small increase in fuel volume.
FBOs in the World Fuel Services Network can now use the FlightAware FBO ToolBox tracking suite at discounted rate through an agreement announced today by the two companies at NBAA’s Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference in New Orleans. The FBO ToolBox software includes new features that give FBO managers more information about the flying habits of current and prospective customers.
FBOs in the World Fuel Services Network can now use the FlightAware FBO ToolBox tracking suite at discounted rate through an agreement announced today by the two companies at NBAA’s Schedulers & Dispatchers conference in New Orleans.
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