Final bids to buy the UK’s London City Airport (LCY) were lodged on September 12 and a deal was expected to be agreed upon around press time. According to LCY managing director Richard Gooding, the sale will release new funds for further investment at the privately owned, downtown gateway.
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.
Many local residents who successfully opposed TAG Aviation’s application to increase the number of weekend and holiday movements at the UK’s Farnborough Airport are hypocrites, according to their local member of parliament, Gerald Howarth.
North Bend Municipal Airport is about one-third of the way up the coast of Oregon, directly on scenic Coos Bay. For those who have a reason to visit, there’s a well equipped FBO. Ocean Air Aviation is diverse, with an air ambulance division, a charter department, line service, aircraft maintenance, catering and on-site Enterprise and Hertz rental cars.
Just in time for this year’s ski season, Rifle Air has acquired Corporate Aircraft Services and The Rifle Jet Center, the two existing FBOs at Garfield County Airport in Rifle, Colo. The operation will continue under the name Rifle Jet Center. This acquisition gives the now-consolidated FBO a total of more than 80,000 sq ft of heated hangar space.
Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Mich., now has a new 14,700-sq-ft, climate-controlled corporate jet hangar, as well as two beefed-up ramps. The announcement marks the culmination of two key expansion projects investing more than $7.5 million in Michigan’s second-busiest commercial airport. The new jet hangar, constructed by Northern Jet Management, will house up to nine aircraft.
On November 15, Runway 1-19 at Charles Wheeler Downtown Airport (MKC) in Kansas City, Mo., reopened following extensive work. The rehabilitation was the first phase of an ambitious $69.6 million program to update the 77-year-old airport, which serves as a general aviation reliever for Kansas City International.
Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the House of Representatives and architect of the “Contract with America,” will serve as the keynote speaker at this year’s Aviation Industry Expo (formerly Aviation Industry Week).
The de-icing contractor at California’s Truckee-Tahoe Airport (TRK) recently quit providing services, and the airport reports that it is unlikely any de-icing will be available in the foreseeable future. An airport spokesman said icing is, indeed, an important safety consideration during the winter months and encourages operators to closely evaluate the weather.
FalconTrust Air/Avitat in Miami hosted a special gathering of Nascar teams and fans last month. With its regular customers including auto racing icons such as Richard Petty and Bobby Labonte, the new FBO at Tamiami Airport has quickly acquired a reputation for luxury and high levels of service. According to a spokeswoman, one regular visitor refers to FalconTrust Air as “the Taj Mahal of private aviation.”
Spill prevention, control and containment (SPCC) rules for fuel trucks and fuel farms will be eased significantly under two proposals published last month by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The first proposal extends the compliance date from Aug. 18, 2006, to Oct. 31, 2007, for FBOs and other fueling providers to implement SPCC plans. However, the date for submitting those plans to the EPA remains February 16 next year.