The FBO community at California’s Van Nuys Airport, one of the most heavily used business aviation fields in the U.S., is seeing some upheaval with the announcement this morning that Signature Flight Support parent company BBA Aviation will acquire Maguire Aviation’s two FBOs at Van Nuys for $69 million. Subject to antitrust approvals, the deal is expected to be completed by year-end.
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Cutter Aviation will start work soon on a $1.75 million expansion and renovation project on its facility at New Mexico Albuquerque International Airport. Set to begin next month is a $250,000 modernization of its FBO terminal, including the refurnishing of the lobby, conference room and pilots’ lounge areas. The remaining $1.5 million will be used to construct a new 20,000-sq-ft hangar on property already under the company’s leasehold, capable of storing ultra-long-range business jets.
Bedford, Mass.-based Rectrix Aviation began construction of a 26,000-sq-ft FBO at Worcester Regional Airport in Central Massachusetts on Tuesday. The $5 million facility will provide hangar space for maintenance and storage, and a customer terminal and conference center. Rectrix is currently providing FBO services at the field from the airport’s original main terminal until the new FBO is completed by the end of next year.
FBO operator Saker Aviation Services filed a lawsuit against its landlords at Wilkes-Barre Scranton (Pa.) International Airport, claiming contract violation when the airport board failed to renew its lease and awarded a 15-year lease on the property to Aviation Technologies. According to Saker, the airport awarded the contract to Aviation Technologies without Saker’s ever being informed of the specifics of the competing offer or being given the opportunity to match it, which it says is required under the contract terms.
The U.S. Customs office at Fargo (N.D.) Hector International Airport has moved to the north general aviation ramp into a new facility adjacent to Fargo Jet Center. Before the move, crews and passengers flying in from airports outside of the U.S. had to clear customs at a facility more than a mile from the FBO, the airport said. Now located just 100 yards from the Fargo Jet Center, the new 3,603-sq-ft customs office allows passengers and crews clearing customs and immigration to have easier access to the FBO facilities. Customs is open 24/7 in Fargo.
The FAA issued SAFO 13007, which warns pilots to use extra caution when taxiing on intersecting or active runways. “At many airports, it is common for ATC to use an active or inactive runway as a taxiway [to accommodate] airport geometry, construction, congestion or taxiway restrictions.”
The world’s three leading airline alliances have signaled their unwillingness to relocate from London Heathrow Airport in the event that a government-appointed commission proposes the development of a second hub airport for the UK capital.
Ground-handling group Swissport has been selected to manage an FBO/hangar project currently under construction at Brazil’s Sorocaba Airport. When completed at year-end, the new World-Way Aviation facility will cover 150,000 sq ft, including a pair of hangars with enough room for large-cabin business jets and some 100,000 sq ft of ramp space. The terminal will feature a VIP lounge, conference room, pilots’ lounge, flight-planning room and fitness center.
Signature Flight Support expanded its operations at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y., with the $38.5 million acquisition of privately owned Jet Systems, one of five FBOs on the field. The FBO, formerly Avitat Westchester, has operated at the airport for 20 years. The move gives Signature locations on both sides of the field and significantly increases its hangar and ramp space at the airport. The transaction, subject to approval, is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter.
To support and develop business aviation traffic between New York and London, Teterboro Airport and London Biggin Hill Airport have signed a memorandum to become “sister airports.” According to the agreement, they will participate in mutual assistance and cooperation in areas such as customer service, communication, safety and security. Both airports are international general aviation gateways near large metropolitan cities with multiple FBOs and MROs.