Jet Aviation’s FBO at London Biggin Hill Airport is now providing fuel, and its facility at Dubai International Airport now includes in-house customs clearance. Separately, this summer Jet Aviation is set to begin construction that will more than double the size of its Dusseldorf, Germany maintenance facility. The project, which should be completed in the fall, will add 20,450 sq ft of workspace.
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New developments at FBOs including regulations and noise issues; legal disputes; openings, acquisitions and mergers.
Signature Flight Support broke ground late last month on a new facility at Boston Logan Airport. The new 12,000-sq-ft, two-story terminal and 8,800-sq-ft ground-support repair shop are scheduled to open next July. The company, which has operated an FBO at Logan for nearly 40 years, recently signed a new lease with the Massachusetts Port Authority under which it will operate the FBO at Logan until 2016.
Tech Engineering, an AOG mobile repair service, has expanded its capabilities to include an operation at FBO Lanmar Aviation at Groton-New London Airport, Conn. Tech Engineering said its 24/7 services include avionics maintenance and inspections as well as airframe and powerplant repair and inspections.
Macquarie Infrastructure, a New York subsidiary of Australia-based Macquarie Bank, completed its $58.2 million purchase of Las Vegas Executive Terminal. One of two FBOs at McCarran International Airport, the facility has been renamed Atlantic Aviation, joining the Macquarie-owned FBO chain.
North Bend Municipal Airport is about one-third of the way up the coast of Oregon, directly on scenic Coos Bay. For those who have a reason to visit, there’s a well equipped FBO. Ocean Air Aviation is diverse, with an air ambulance division, a charter department, line service, aircraft maintenance, catering and on-site Enterprise and Hertz rental cars.
Just in time for this year’s ski season, Rifle Air has acquired Corporate Aircraft Services and The Rifle Jet Center, the two existing FBOs at Garfield County Airport in Rifle, Colo. The operation will continue under the name Rifle Jet Center. This acquisition gives the now-consolidated FBO a total of more than 80,000 sq ft of heated hangar space.
FalconTrust Air/Avitat in Miami hosted a special gathering of Nascar teams and fans last month. With its regular customers including auto racing icons such as Richard Petty and Bobby Labonte, the new FBO at Tamiami Airport has quickly acquired a reputation for luxury and high levels of service. According to a spokeswoman, one regular visitor refers to FalconTrust Air as “the Taj Mahal of private aviation.”
Spill prevention, control and containment (SPCC) rules for fuel trucks and fuel farms will be eased significantly under two proposals published last month by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The first proposal extends the compliance date from Aug. 18, 2006, to Oct. 31, 2007, for FBOs and other fueling providers to implement SPCC plans. However, the date for submitting those plans to the EPA remains February 16 next year.
FBO chain SheltAir last month finished building its executive terminal at Isla Grande Executive Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The FBO, which opened for business in San Juan last summer, said the new terminal features “state-of-the-art amenities.” In addition to San Juan, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based SheltAir also operates facilities at six airports in Florida, as well as the sole general aviation facility at New York La Guardia Airport.
Coos Aviation, a full-service FBO at the North Bend (Ore.) Airport, is undergoing a facility upgrade, scheduled for completion by this summer. Renovation plans include an improved pilots’ lounge, rest area, flight-planning room, increased maintenance services and additional hangar storage space. “Our goal is to extend our fine reputation that has been established since 1964,” said Dale Sause, owner of Coos Aviation.