Airplanes have been landing at what is now Igor I. Sikorsky Memorial Airport (BDR) in Stratford, Conn., since newfangled flying machines were in their infancy. The airport was the site of the first airshow in the U.S. in 1911, and has changed names several times before its current title was adopted in 1972. At one point it was served by several airlines, but that ended in 1999, when the last carrier left.
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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.)
Online aviation real estate resource Hangar Network has signed a deal with Signature Flight Support to market available hangar and office space at the BBA Aviation subsidiary’s U.S. locations. Flight departments or individuals looking for aircraft storage or office space at nearly any U.S. airport can visit the company’s website to search for available space using an interactive map or by entering the airport code. As part of the deal, Signature will incorporate a direct link to the site on each of its location’s web pages.
Cutter Aviation began operating its FBO at Van Nuys Airport yesterday. Cutter is operating the facility under a long-term management agreement with facility owner and legendary airshow pilot Bob Hoover. Pentastar Aviation previously operated the FBO. Tom Magglos, who used to manage the former Petersen Aviation FBO on the south side of Van Nuys Airport, is managing the new Cutter operation, which will undergo a multimillion-dollar renovation.
Landmark Aviation began operations last week at its newest location, Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Mich. The service provider has acquired the assets of Northern Air and Grand Rapids Air Center and will operate out of the former Northern Air facility. Amenities include a VIP lounge, executive conference room, flight-planning room and crew showers. The location is Landmark’s first in the state and will offer both FBO and MRO services.
The Air Elite FBO network now numbers 30 locations worldwide with the addition of UK-based Harrods Aviation and the UAE’s Royal Jet. An offshoot of the group that owns the London department store, Harrods Aviation operates facilities at London Stansted and Luton Airports with luxurious guest and discrete VIP lounges, workstations, conference facilities and select Harrods merchandise. In addition to the standard crew amenities, the Stansted facility offers two private crew bunk rooms. Both locations can handle private bizliner-class aircraft, up to a Boeing 747-400 in Stansted’s case.
Mexican service provider Asertec expects to break ground this month on a new FBO terminal at San Antonio International Airport in Texas, the company’s third location and its first in the U.S. Since last November, Asertec has been operating an FBO at the airport out of offices in the former Sino-Swearingen facility, now a hub of aviation businesses known as Skyplace Center.
Volo Aviation has been awarded a three-year contract to manage the FBO at Plattsburgh (N.Y.) International Airport, which serves the Plattsburgh/Montreal/Lake Placid Region, including northern New York State, southern Quebec and Vermont. “We are pleased to have been awarded this contract,” said Volo Aviation senior vice president for FBO operations Brian Ciambra. “By leveraging our FBO experience and market knowledge, we are confident that we can assist Clinton County in achieving its goal of enhancing the customer experience while expanding business at this location,” he added.
APP Jet Center has broken ground on a new 20,000-sq-ft heated hangar at its Manassas Regional Airport facility near Washington, D.C. When completed in January, the FBO’s sixth hangar will be able to accommodate business aircraft up to the size of a Gulfstream G650. The addition will bring the total aircraft storage space at the facility to 150,000 sq ft. APP’s existing hangar space at Manassas is fully occupied, and the company said it continues to receive inquiries from operators based at Dulles seeking to relocate there.