Boston Executive Helicopters has broken ground on an FBO at Norwood (Mass.) Memorial Airport. The intended 15,000-sq-ft-hangar/terminal complex was originally scheduled to open this summer, but the company now expects services can begin by year-end. Construction was set back by delays in approvals for the company’s fuel farm installation plan, as well as other issues. Late last month, airport authorities issued a final approval for the continuation of hangar construction and installation of the fuel farm after Boston Executive Helicopters agreed to submit more documents.
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They may be thousands of miles apart but the UK’s Manchester Airport and Vietnam’s Tan Son Nhat International Airport shared in the recent commissioning of brand-new control towers. The new 197-foot-tall tower at Manchester (the UK’s second tallest after Heathrow’s) was a birthday present for itself as it went operational at the end of June on the airport’s 75th anniversary. At the airport in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s largest city, the new tower rises nearly 230 feet. Construction began in December 2009, and the project cost more than $19 million (U.S.).
Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) has wrapped up a $29 million expansion project known as the North Aviation Development. The project, funded by FAA entitlement grants and airport revenues, saw the realignment of Gulfstream Road to a newly built 1,200-foot tunnel under Taxiway A, which was extended 1,800 feet to a total of 9,302 feet. The additional length allowed the taxiway to connect with the newly built new 4,033-foot taxiway H, which now links Gulfstream Aerospace’s new $500 million campus expansion to the rest of the airport.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott participated in a ground-breaking ceremony yesterday at Galaxy Aviation’s new hangar complex at Palm Beach International Airport. Known as Hangar 1, the 75,000-sq-ft facility will add to the one million square feet that the local FBO chain already occupies at the airport. Galaxy has begun the pre-leasing process for the new structure, slated for completion by early next year. The hangar, which will be able to accommodate long-range business jets, will also feature its own lounge and flight-planning and catering areas.
Signature Flight Support officially opened its new FBO at Singapore Changi International Airport on Sunday, just two months after announcing its newest Asian location at EBACE 2013. This location marks the second facility in Asia for Signature. (The company has also invested in the Hong Kong Business Aviation Centre at Chek Lap Kok/Hong Kong International Airport.)
The FAA has issued a final policy statement that permits general aviation airports to enter into residential through-the-fence (RTTF) agreements with property owners or associations representing property owners. To gain access, the property owner is required to pay access charges; bear the cost of building and maintaining the infrastructure necessary to provide access to the airfield; maintain the property for residential, noncommercial use for the duration of the agreement; prohibit airport access from other adjacent or nearby properties; and prohibit any refueling on the property.
The European Commission (EC) wants to impose tighter guidelines restricting state aid for airports and airlines in the European Union (EU). In a consultation document launched on July 3, the EC proposed that all publicly funded aid for airports must end after a 10-year transitional period and that it restrict funding in the meantime to only smaller, regional airports. The same guidelines subject to industry consultation through September 25 would also limit start-up aid for airlines.
The European Business Aviation Association has protested proposed new European Commission guidelines restricting state aid for airports. The rules would seek to phase out all public support for airports over a 10-year period and would introduce a sliding scale that limits permitted aid to airports with fewer than five million passengers per year and bans it for facilities with more than that throughput.
Aviation services provider FlightLevel Aviation has signed a five-year lease to run the lone FBO at Cape May County Airport in Wildwood, N.J. The Delaware River and Bay Authority, which owns and manages the airport, ran the FBO on a limited basis for nearly a year after the departure of Big Sky Aviation in 2011. “A quality FBO is critical to an airport because it’s the first thing residents and visitors see when they arrive,” said airport director Steve Williams.
Fast-growing Bahrain International Airport (BIA) is expanding its present terminal by 50 percent to accommodate 13.5 million passengers. The $1 billion expansion project will provide an additional terminal area of 90,000 sq m and 10,000 sq m of retail space. Construction of the new BIA terminal is scheduled to start at the end 2014 with Phase 1 to be completed by the second quarter of 2016.