The operators of the Black Canyon Jet Center FBO at Colorado’s Montrose Regional Airport have filed suit against the publicly owned airport, claiming officials withheld documents it requested during a recent RFP for a second FBO at the ski-country airport. The suit came days after the airport committee announced that Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Majestic Skies was the only one of the two respondents to meet the minimum FBO requirements. As per the FAA’s grant assurance policy, the county must enter into good-faith contract negotiations with the company.
Airports, Heliports and FBOs
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Switzerland-based global aviation services provider Execujet will be moving from a 3,200-sq-ft temporary FBO structure at Bali International Airport, to a permanent facility next month. The new 34,229-sq-ft facility, currently undergoing completion, will offer 10 times more space than the temporary location next door. A 700,000-sq-ft ramp built next to the new terminal is designed to handle all business aircraft up to single-aisle jetliners.
An anticipated $35 million runway reconstruction and expansion project at Dallas Executive Airport is expected to begin this summer. The plan calls for a phased rehabilitation program on the airport’s 6,451-foot and 3,800-foot runways, followed by an extension of main Runway 13/31 to 7,000 feet, in 2016, making the field more appealing for large-cabin business jet operations.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency can now process non-U.S. citizen general aviation flight arrivals as well as those for U.S. citizens at New York 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 maximum combined 20 passengers and crew per general aviation flight.
The city of Cleveland, Tenn., has notified the FAA that it intends to close Cleveland Hardwick Field Airport (HDI) on March 14, starting a public comment period. The airport has a single 3,300-foot runway that it is unable to expand because of surrounding residences. As a replacement, the city developed the Cleveland Regional Jetport (RZR) approximately five miles away with a 5,500-foot runway. All flight operations and tenants, including the Crystal Air FBO, relocated there when it opened last year.
Last month Million Air occupied its new headquarters facility at Houston Hobby Airport. Under construction for approximately a year, the 27,000-sq-foot FBO offers the latest amenities, including the “Million Air Sky Lounge,” an upstairs 800-sq-ft event room with a folding glass curtain wall that opens onto a 753-sq-foot balcony overlooking the airport and ramp. The room features a kitchen area with ice machine, refrigerators and bar area for special events. Six tenant offices have glass doors that open to the lounge, while another four offices are located downstairs.
Since the opening of the first of three phases in planned expansion of its FBO at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport last year, Sheltair reports the $25 million complex is home to more than 30 business jets and five new operators, while six existing aviation businesses there have expanded their operations. The Florida-based company also welcomed a full simulator flight training facility to its campus.
The World Economic Forum, held annually in Davos, Switzerland, traditionally attracts a large number of business aircraft, and this year was no exception, with hundreds of government and business leaders heading to the area. Jet Aviation Zurich this year handled 726 movements and nearly 2,000 passengers during the course of the conference (January 22 to 25), while tallying fuel sales of more than 1.1 million liters (290,000 gallons). The FBO noted larger aircraft carrying more passengers this year.
After more than a year of construction, Galaxy FBO is in full operation at its new facility at Lone Star Executive Airport in Conroe, Texas. Galaxy FBO had been providing service at the location since 2006. In 2012 Black Forest Ventures purchased the company and undertook construction of the new complex. The terminal occupies the entire 17,000-sq-ft first floor of a three-story building and includes lounges for passengers and crews, and an A/V-equipped conference room that can seat 100 people.
BBA Aviation’s flight support division, consisting of international FBO chain Signature Flight Support and commercial aircraft handler ASIG, saw revenues last year climb by 4 percent over 2012, to $1.375 billion, or 62 percent of the parent company’s overall revenue, according to 2013 financial results released yesterday. At more than $968 million, Signature’s revenues accounted for 70 percent of that amount, a 2-percent increase over its 2012 performance.