The Independent Fixed Base Operators Association (Ifboa) announced last month that it has now surpassed the 500-member-company mark. Founded in 2006, the group includes FBO operators, flight schools, repair stations and aircraft management and sales firms among its ranks.
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Henriksen Jet Center at privately owned Houston Executive Airport is now fully operational, with the completion of its 22,500-sq-ft terminal. The FBO began operations in 2006 and has done business from temporary trailers ever since. The facility has the world’s largest arrivals canopy (at more than 32,000 sq ft large enough to shelter a pair of Boeing Business Jets parked side-by-side).
Signature Flight Support has purchased a majority share of Starlink Aviation’s FBO at Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (CYUL). In 2010 Starlink entered into a licensing agreement with Signature that saw the FBO become co-branded and gave it access to Signature’s sales, marketing and customer service programs and proprietary employee training.
In continuing its plan to refresh its FBO locations, Atlantic Aviation completed a $1.5 million total remodel of its Casper, Wyo. site last month. The lone services provider at Casper/Natrona County International Airport, Atlantic’s newly completed facility reflects the airport’s history and the Western heritage; as with the company’s other recent renovations, the remodel makes extensive use of natural materials on the interior. It includes a fireplace, Internet café, A/V-equipped conference room, coffee bar and Wi-Fi availability throughout the facility. The FBO is staffed from 6 a.m.
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.
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.