As part of a growing suite of noise- and pollution-control measures, France’s Nice Cote D’ Azur Airport will invest in the installation of a new underground power system that will reduce business jets’ dependency on auxiliary power units on the ramp. The system, the first of its kind in Europe, provides hatches under each aircraft engine start-up stand for access to a centralized power and heating/cooling system, greatly reducing the number of APU operation hours, as well as reducing exhaust emissions. The $2.7 million project is expected to begin this summer.
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Following our June 28 report about a change of ownership at the Diamond Hangar FBO at London Stansted Airport, Mike Foley contacted AIN to explain that he had not, in fact, been managing director of the facility’s former owner, Eighteen Aviation, as the company had previously described him in official statements. Foley said that he had served as a “consultant director” in setting up the FBO before resigning this position last December.
If you have flown into Spokane International Airport (GEG) in Washington State, it’s hard not to notice “the Cube,” a strikingly modern glass-clad structure that houses XN Air, currently the only FBO on the field. Built in 2007, the 6,300-sq-ft building is part of the complex purchased by Ross Aviation early in 2011, which also included former FBO rival Spokane Airways. Ross merged the two–then competitors–into one operation under the XN Air brand.
The Diamond Hangar FBO at London Stansted Airport is set to reopen under new ownership after the previous operator ceased trading at the facility some time around late April or early May. Diamond Hangar, a subsidiary of UK real estate group Greatex, confirmed that it has taken over the lease on the building but has yet to elaborate on what services it will provide at what is now Stansted’s fifth FBO.
Signature Flight Support announced today that it will purchase a majority share of Starlink Aviation’s FBO at Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport. The acquisition is subject to “customary closing conditions” and expected to be completed during the third quarter, Signature said. Under the agreement, Starlink Aviation will retain full ownership and continue to operate the real estate and aircraft management, aircraft maintenance, corporate shuttle and aircraft charter services. For the past two years, Starlink Aviation has been a Signature network location.
The Banyan Pilot Shop announced a “June is Father’s Day All Month Long” promotion that includes an online aviation-oriented Father’s Day gift guide and a chance to win a $250 Banyan Pilot Shop gift card. The gift guide includes the shop’s most popular items, such as flight bags, watches, iPad kneeboards and aviation apparel. Visitors can enter the drawing for the gift card in person at the shop, which is adjacent to Banyan’s FBO at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, or online. The drawing will be held on July 1.
The Paragon Network, a group of independent FBOs, has added Detroit to its growing web of national coverage. Metro Flight Services at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport is the 24th FBO to join the group since its inception in early 2011. One of two FBOs on the field, Metro Flight is preparing to open a new 100,000 sq ft facility at the airport later this summer. The former site of a private flight department, it includes 45,000 sq ft of heated hangar space, 20,000 sq ft of climate controlled parking, and a 35,000 sq ft terminal, offices and shop space.
Jackson Jet Center at Idaho’s Boise Gowen Field is the latest FBO to join World Fuel Services’ Air Elite network, bringing the total number of facilities in the group to 28 worldwide. The newly remodeled Jackson Jet Center (consisting of the former Boise Air Service and Boise Executive Terminal) features a 9,400-sq-ft terminal with flight planning center, exercise room, men’s and women’s showers, pilot lounge with sleep room, conference room and free Wi-Fi, along with 92,000 sq ft of hangar space.
Northstar Aviation, the lone service provider at Providence, Rhode Island’s Theodore Francis Green International Airport, has just completed its new 5,000-sq-ft terminal.
The year 1935 saw the debut of the timeless board game Monopoly, the retirement of baseball great Babe Ruth and the first flight of the iconic Douglas DC-3. The aviation industry also saw the start of what is today one of the oldest FBOs in the country: Lane Aviation in Columbus, Ohio. Aside from a few years during World War II when the Navy took control of Port Columbus International, forcing to FBO to relocate, the family-owned business has been at Port Columbus International Airport for its entire existence.