The recent shift in top management signals the beginning of a new phase of growth for business aviation management and charter provider PrivatAir Group. On February 1, former COO Greg Thomas was named CEO, succeeding David Hurley, who was appointed vice-chairman of PrivatAir SA of Geneva.
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.
It has turned out to be one of the biggest deals in business aviation that never was. In late January Jet Aviation announced it had rejected all purchase offers after a months-long effort to find a buyer for the charter, completions, maintenance and FBO conglomerate.
Reims Aviation, one of Europe’s few remaining independent light aircraft manufacturers and subcontractors, has been saved from bankruptcy. The Reims, eastern France commercial court lifted the bankruptcy protection order on the company but said it should be broken up and sold in two parts, with 164 of the 461 employees losing their jobs.
Energy companies’ experience of the early-1990s Gulf War suggests that any sudden increase in oil prices owing to a new Iraq conflict might be brief, since the market has become much more responsive to demand. However, current oil supplies are plentiful, according to a petroleum industry senior executive.
Farnborough Airport officially came under the control of TAG Aviation on February 5, when the Swiss-based group signed a 99-year lease with the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD).
• The Los Angeles board of airport commissioners has authorized airport staff members to begin advertising for qualified companies to perform Part 161 noise mitigation studies for Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Van Nuys Airport (VNY). The separate studies are not expected to be completed for three to five years.
• Operations on the new fifth runway at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport began on February 20. Initially, the 12,467-ft Runway 18R/36L is open only at night, but from July it is scheduled to start being used for limited daytime operations until November 1, when it becomes fully operational around the clock. The runway is configured to allow aircraft to take off and land over less densely populated surrounding areas to reduce noise affects.
Although members of the House aviation subcommittee commended the FAA for its efforts to address delays at Chicago O’Hare International Airport in the short-term, NBAA expressed frustration over a decision to limit general aviation flights into the facility by reinstituting the airport reservation office.
The National Air Transportation Association and AOPA both took bows after voters in Martin County, Fla., defeated three politicians who wanted to downsize the county’s Witham Field (SUA) in Stuart, Fla.
NATA attributed the victory of the three incumbent county commissioners, who supported keeping the airport open as it is, to its Town Hall meeting with pilots and other interested parties and editorials in the local newspapers.
Stockholm City Airport is set to get its first purpose-built FBO when Grafair Jet Center opens early next month. The facility will consist of a 2,800-sq-ft, two-story terminal building and an 8,600-sq-ft hangar connected by some offices for maintenance staff. The terminal will include a lounge, flight planning offices and a range of FBO services.
- Signature Opens New Facility at Newark Airport
- San Jose Approves Signature’s FBO at Mineta Airport
- Gulfstream G550 Damages Instrument Landing System at London Stansted Airport
- Aeroplex and Signature To Host Veterans Airlift Command Benefit at Long Beach Airport
- MEBAA Supports Bizjet Migration to Dubai World Central