Avjet expects to break ground this month on a new FBO at Seoul Gimpo International Airport. According to the company, plans for the facility call for enough hangar space to accommodate four BBJ-sized aircraft, along with four large-cabin business jets such as the Bombardier Global. The project is a partnership between the California-based aviation services provider and Korea Airport Corp. Avjet Asia was awarded a 10-year contract to manage the facility, which is expected to be completed in October next year.
Airports, Heliports and FBOs
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The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency can now process non-U.S. citizen general aviation flight arrivals at New York’s Long Island MacArthur Airport. Arrivals are processed through the agency’s newly renovated facility at the airport’s main terminal between Gates B14 and B15. In operation from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m. seven days a week, the facility can clear a combined maximum of 20 passengers and crew per general aviation flight.
Volo Aviation has been awarded the contract to manage the FBO at MidCoast Regional Airport at Wright Army Airfield, a joint public- and military-use airport located within Fort Stewart, 35 miles from Savannah. In 2007, several local agencies partnered to build a 13,825-sq-ft terminal to house both the military and civilian operations at the airport.
Michigan-based aviation services provider Avflight has taken over the lease of the former Flower Aviation and fueling operation of America Jet, previously the two FBOs at Salina Regional Airport in Kansas. It will operate the two facilities as Avfuel-branded Avflight North and South. The addition marks Avflight’s ninth owned and operated location. The Salina Airport Authority board of directors approved a new 20-year lease for the former Flower Aviation property, with two 10-year renewal options for it and the other properties in the agreement.
Wilson Air Center has begun the second phase of expanding 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 25,000-sq-ft hangar, capable of accommodating the G650, along with a new office complex. The project is scheduled for completion in the spring.
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.
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).
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