For business aviation passengers, international arrivals and departures at Hector International Airport in Fargo, N.D., have become a lot easier with the relocation of the U.S. Customs and Immigrations facility to the north general aviation ramp, adjacent to the 23-acre Fargo Jet Center, the lone services provider on the field. The new $1 million, 3,600-sq-ft structure, which is available 24/7, was designed using U.S. Customs guidelines and features the latest technology to expedite clearance.
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Van Nuys Airport owner Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) has issued a request for qualifications for two FBO properties at the airport. One property, situated on Daily Drive, has been vacant for several years. According to a LAWA spokeswoman, a pending deal on the location fell through, resulting in a new proposal process. The other location is the former Pentastar FBO, currently managed by Cutter Aviation, which has pledged a multimillion-dollar renovation of the facility if it is awarded a new lease. The submission window for the two properties closes at the end of this month.
Bradley Pacific has become the leading FBO chain in Hawaii, uplifting an astounding one million gallons of jet-A daily to a mix of business jets and airliners. It also has the only Corporate Aircraft Association-preferred FBOs in the state, which puts it in the top echelon of business aviation service facilities.
Wings Air, a wholly owned subsidiary of Indonesian low-cost carrier Lion Air, has expressed interest in operating flights of 60 to 90 minutes flying time from Indonesia to Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang using ATR 72-500/600 turboprops. The airline will submit a formal application to the Ministry of Transport in Putrajaya for the approval to launch flights in late 2015 or early 2016 when the expansion of SkyPark is completed.
Malaysia’s SkyPark Subang aviation hub will be expanded at a cost of almost $67 million with the aim of attracting more FBOs and maintenance, repair and overhaul companies. The bulk of the redevelopment budget (around $48 million) will go toward building a new terminal at the site of Kuala Lumpur Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport’s mothballed Terminal 2, which will be demolished.
Bankruptcy hearings for Avantair held last month in Tampa, Fla., brought some needed good news for share owners of the 56 ex-Avantair Piaggio Avantis who are hoping to return their aircraft to the sky. During one of the hearings, the Italian aircraft manufacturer unveiled a Service Bulletin (SB) that provides a path for owners of these Avantis to regain their airworthiness certificates, which were revoked by the FAA in late July and August.
Wilbur Wright was the first pilot to record a bird strike (in 1905), and the first fatal crash attributable to a bird strike came seven years later. But to most members of the non-flying public, the first time aircraft bird strikes became newsworthy was probably in 2009, when a flock of Canada geese sent Chesley Sullenberger’s A320 into the Hudson River.
Several airports billing themselves as “London-area” are hoping to secure more business aviation traffic to the British capital, putting them in competition with those normally associated with the segment such as Farnborough, Luton and Biggin Hill. While Oxford has carved a niche and Cambridge has upped the ante with respect to business aviation, airports such as Lydd and Southend have also entered the fray as their wider development activities have made them more appealing–and they have started to attract business aircraft.
Basel Aero, a division of Russian industrial group Basic Element, has opened a VIP terminal at Sochi International Airport in Krasnodar Krai, Russia, which is situated on the coast of the Black Sea near the Georgia-Russia border. The new 43,000-sq-ft (4,000-sq-m) terminal can handle 80 passengers per hour and will serve its first large groups of guests during the upcoming XII International Investment Forum Sochi-2013. According to Basel Aero, the terminal’s VIP lounge has five conference rooms and a workroom equipped with Internet-connected computers.
Congestion at China’s three major international airports–Beijing Capital, Shanghai Pudong and Guangzhou Baiyun–has quashed Xiamen Airlines’ plans to offer long-haul nonstop flights from the People’s Republic using Boeing 787s starting next August. Increasing demand for slots from foreign airlines and China’s four big carriers to operate point-to-point services from the three big airports leaves smaller carriers such as Xiamen no choice but to look at other Chinese cities as ports of entry into China.