At the Dubai Air Show last month, Jet Aviation unveiled construction plans for a maintenance center and FBO at Dubai International Airport, United Arab Emirates. With sister operations in Riyadh and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the Dubai location will be the third Jet Aviation facility in the Middle East.
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U.S. Customs has opened a second facility at New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport (TEB). Pilots have a choice of using either the north or south complex, and any of the five FBOs on the airport can advise which facility would likely provide the fastest turnaround at any given time. According to NBAA, the Teterboro Users’ Group (TUG), led by Becton Dickinson chief pilot Pete Bellini, was instrumental in seeing this project completed.
Charter/management firm International Jet, on the newly opened south end of Denver Centennial Airport (APA), has begun operations at its “private jet terminal.” Company president Lynn Krogh described the new building as not an FBO, but rather “a convenient, private and secure setting to fly in and out of.” The $4 million, 37,000-sq-ft terminal, office and hangar complex took about a year to build and opened late last year.
The FAA plans to rule on the noise-compatibility program proposed for Wyoming’s Jackson Hole Airport (JAC) by May 17. The public-comment period runs through January 18. As part of its proposed rule, the FAA has determined that noise-exposure maps submitted for the facility meet the requirements of FAR Part 150.
Million Air Burbank, Calif. (BUR), recently held its grand-opening celebration. The new facility–owned by Harold Lee, who also owns Million Air Van Nuys–provides a second choice for visitors to the “beautiful downtown” city made famous by former Tonight Show host Johnny Carson. The heavily trafficked airport is one of the primary business aviation destinations, along with nearby Van Nuys, for the entertainment industry.
The Rhode Island Airport Corp. (RIAC) is looking for a developer to help renovate North Kingstown Quonset State Airport (OQU), formerly the Quonset Naval Air Station. The airport has 7,500- by 150-foot Runway 16/34, with an ILS on Runway 16 and VOR/DME and GPS approaches to Runway 34. There is also the crosswind Runway 5/23, which is 4,000- by 75 feet.
Customers wanting to fly out of Moscow and London dominate executive charter demand for larger business jets in Europe, according to the latest statistics from Swedish charter booking software specialist Avinode.
Japan’s Aichi Prefecture recently completed construction of the Central Japan Airport (RJGG) to accommodate airline demand for slots that was straining Nagoya Airport beyond capacity. While the new airport, more commonly called Centrair, is big news, it’s what the government did with the old Nagoya Airport that is even more significant.
Million Air Columbus at Port Columbus International Airport (CMH), Ohio, has acquired an additional 32,000 sq ft of heated hangar space. The expansion brings the FBO’s total hangar area to more than 121,000 sq ft equipped with doors measuring 120 feet wide by 30 feet high. Some revisions to the ramp layout have improved safety and ground-traffic flow.
Sleepy Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, N.Y., might get much busier after the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey purchases (for $78.5 million) the operating lease for the airport from National Express. The move is intended to relieve congestion at New York-area airports, which are also operated by the Port Authority, “and help us prepare for inevitable population and passenger growth,” said New York governor Eliot Spitzer.