Bankruptcy hearings for Avantair held last month in Tampa, Fla., brought some needed good news for share owners of the 56 ex-Avantair Piaggio Avantis who are hoping to return their aircraft to the sky. During one of the hearings, the Italian aircraft manufacturer unveiled a Service Bulletin (SB) that provides a path for owners of these Avantis to regain their airworthiness certificates, which were revoked by the FAA in late July and August.
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Basel Aero, a division of Russian industrial group Basic Element, has opened a VIP terminal at Sochi International Airport in Krasnodar Krai, Russia, which is situated on the coast of the Black Sea near the Georgia-Russia border. The new 43,000-sq-ft (4,000-sq-m) terminal can handle 80 passengers per hour and will serve its first large groups of guests during the upcoming XII International Investment Forum Sochi-2013. According to Basel Aero, the terminal’s VIP lounge has five conference rooms and a workroom equipped with Internet-connected computers.
Flight planning and support group Hadid International Services has expanded its network in Africa with the appointment of supervisors in Ethiopia, Djibouti and Congo. In addition to providing handling supervision and arranging payment for airport fees, the Dubai-based company’s local staff can arrange ground transportation and hotels.
Jet Aviation relocated its FBO at Zurich International Airport to a new building adjacent to the existing General Aviation Center. It has been rebranded with the new corporate look and feel unveiled earlier this year at Jet Aviation’s FBO in Geneva. The new Zurich FBO now has a separate entrance with a reception area and customer lounge, as well as a “spacious” customs and immigration area. An expanded crew lounge with a snooze room at the Zurich facility will be completed in November, Jet Aviation said.
In celebration of its third anniversary as a service provider at North Carolina’s Davidson County Airport, Fly High Lexington is rewarding pilots with six Shell AeroClass points per gallon of fuel purchased through the end of the year. The FBO recently launched a “no fees with fuel” program under which it waives ramp, handling and tie-down fees with any fuel purchase. It also offers transient customers free overnight hangar storage if it is available.
Moscow’s Sheremetievo International Airport is challenging the dominance of Vnukovo-3 Airport as the Russian capital’s main gateway for business aviation. “The best services for business aviation are offered here,” said Sheremetievo general manager Mikhail Vasilenko on the eve of this week’s JetExpo show, which is being hosted by Vnukovo-3.
Signature Flight Support broke ground late last week on the first FBO at Panama’s Tocumen International Airport. The new 7,000-sq-ft facility, which is expected to open late next year, will include a customer lobby, pilot’s lounge, in-house customs and immigration facilities and dedicated customer parking. However, a Signature spokesman said the location will not include any hangars.
On Sunday, Kinston Jet Center took over FBO operations at Kinston (N.C.) Regional Jetport after the departure of Delta Private Jets. The FBO is being managed by ABS Aviation and offers hangar space, pilot lounge, wireless Internet and a crew car, among other amenities. Hours of operation are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, with after-hours access available by callout. Kinston’s airport has an 11,500- by 150-foot grooved asphalt runway with an ILS.
Landmark Aviation has launched an enhanced version of its mobile application. Connect 2 Landmark provides a convenient link to company news and the service provider’s customers can use it to find amenity descriptions, runway maps, directions, weather conditions and frequencies for all Landmark locations. While the previous version of the application allowed access to most of this information, in the new program customers can view MRO offerings, as well as browse the company’s current charter fleet and request charter quotes from their mobile devices.
Industry consultant Michael Dye has released a handbook on the ins and outs of selling an FBO. The FBO Consultants Guide, How to Sell Your FBO or General Aviation Business details the considerations involved in the decision to sell, and the steps a prospective FBO seller should go through to value and price the business properly.