For many corporate aircraft heading west from Europe, their first glimpse of the U.S. isn’t the spires of New York City but the shores of Maine. Bangor Aviation Services, the municipally owned and operated FBO at Bangor International Airport, the closest U.S. airport to Europe, sees more than 400 private flights each month by business jets crossing the Atlantic. While Maine is lacking in neither scenic beauty nor New England charm, that isn’t what draws the flocks of private travelers. “We’re a tech stop,” said Kevin Tipler, the airport’s ramp service manager.
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Boston Executive Helicopters’ long-planned FBO at Norwood (Mass.) Airport is stalled again amid allegations of ethical and criminal misconduct by members of the airfield’s administrative body, the Norwood Airport Commission. The company claims this infighting is intensifying a campaign being waged by certain members to thwart the planned FBO. City and state ethics and rulemaking officials are reviewing requests by the company to investigate the purported improprieties. Members were unavailable for comment, but documents obtained by AIN corroborate some of the allegations.
Signature Flight Support signed an agreement with InterDel Aviation Services of Vancouver to become a licensed Signature Flight Support location, the companies announced today at the Canadian Business Aviation Association Convention. Signature Vancouver, located at Vancouver International Airport, is the third Canadian facility for the FBO chain. This follows an agreement signed in October between Signature and Imperial Oil of Canada that offers the former Avitat network members the opportunity to become Signature Select or licensed Signature Flight Support locations.
It’s not every airport that lists wandering herds of caribou as one of its operational hazards, but then again, not every airport is located 600 miles north of the Arctic Circle like the evocatively named Deadhorse Airport in Prudhoe Bay, on Alaska’s Northern shore. In operation since 1970 to provide service to the largest oil field in North America, the airport–believed to have been named for an old trucking company rather than an equine carcass–has for the last two decades had its aviation fuel service provided by Colville Inc.
In an informational session yesterday, IBAC formally unveiled its new International Standard for Business Aviation Handling or IS-BAH as it will be more commonly known.
Just as IBAC’s International Standard for Business Aviation Operations (IS-BAO) has brought a formalized safety standard to the operation of private aircraft over the past 12 years, so, too, will IS-BAH for the FBO and ground-handling businesses, say the program’s organizers.
Lagos-based Evergreen Apple Nigeria has announced a new name here at EBACE. The original name was inevitably shortened in the industry to “EAN,” so the name EAN Aviation has been adopted to better reflect the company’s growing portfolio of services, which has grown to include inflight catering and sales representation for Gulfstream in Nigeria. Along with the new name is a new logo designed by the Etu-Odi agency. EAN Aviation is showing off its new look here at EBACE on the AfBAA stand (Booth 5542).
Lagos-based Evergreen Apple Nigeria (EAN) announced a new name this week at EBACE–EAN Aviation–to reflect the company’s growing portfolio of services, from in-flight catering to sales representation for Gulfstream in Nigeria. Along with the new name is a new logo. Beginning operations as an FBO at Lagos-Murtala Mohammed Airport, EAN Aviation currently also offers maintenance services under the regulatory approval of local authorities, the FAA and the EASA.
Hadid International Services (Booth 6515) is at EBACE promoting its newly established network of local flight support supervisory agents, which covers every airport in Africa.
Ground support group Euro Jet Intercontinental (Booth 129) celebrated its fifth anniversary at the EBACE show last year and the past 12 months have seen it stepping up its expansion with new facilities in the east of Europe to respond to rising levels of traffic. Here at this year’s event, the Czech Republic-based group is launching a new smartphone application to allow its staff to provide real-time reporting to customers.
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