Airport information provider AirNav is launching AirBoss, a new fuel card membership service that is open to pilots and FBOs. For pilots, annual membership costs $39 (100 octane) or $79 (100-octane and jet-A) and provides discounted fuel at AirBoss FBOs. FBOs don’t pay a fee to join AirBoss but must advertise on AirNav’s online airport database.
Airports, Heliports and FBOs
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Kenneth Allison has added another FBO, the former Lafayette Regional Airport in Louisiana, to his group of Million Air-branded facilities, bringing the total to seven FBOs. Million Air Lafayette moved into modular offices in the middle of last month and planned to demolish the old terminal building shortly thereafter to make way for a new 15,000-sq-ft terminal.
Pilots flying to the former Palwaukee Airport north of Chicago are going to have to remember to say Chicago Executive Airport when they call the tower. The airport changes its name officially on October 17. Palwaukee Airport opened in 1925 and was originally named Gauthier’s Flying Field.
While the major airports of Cannes and Nice on the Côte d’Azur, the French Riviera, are stepping up business aviation activity, the smaller gateways of Toulon and Le Castellet are challenging the big boys in the competition to attract business aviation access to France’s wealthy Mediterranean coast.
Contract fuel arrangements are a hot topic in the FBO industry and a widening avenue for cutting costs for aircraft operators. AIN asked readers for their opinions about whether contract fuel brokers were worth the investment in time and energy. The question was, “What steps must you take to use your contract fuel program, how much time does this require and how much money do you figure you save?”
Hartmut Mehdorn, chairman of German railway group Deutsche Bahn, has proposed that Berlin’s downtown Tempelhof Airport be redeveloped as a dedicated business aviation facility. Mehdorn has offered to lead a private-sector consortium to implement the project.
The FAA last month issued a proposed order to extend through at least next September the high-density rule at New York La Guardia Airport (LGA), including the general aviation slot reservation program, which is now scheduled to expire on January 1. The agency last month proposed a new rule for public comment to maintain the high-density rule at LGA.
On June 25, the tallest general aviation control tower in the U.S. was dedicated at Front Range Airport, Colo. The structure, operated under the FAA’s contract tower program, stands more than 5,596 feet msl and nearly 200 feet agl. Airport officials believe the tower will be an inducement for business jet operators who do not typically use uncontrolled airports.
The City of Chicago settled an FAA enforcement action that arose after it bulldozed Meigs Field’s runway on March 30, 2003. The city agreed to pay $33,000, assessed for failure to provide advance notice of changes to the airport, although under terms of the settlement the city admits no violation.
IAM Jet Centre, a new FBO in Barbados, held official grand-opening ceremonies late last month. Completed in December, the 6,000-sq-ft facility offers on-site customs clearance, conference rooms, showers, crew and passenger lounges, Internet access and state-of-the-art security screening.