Castle & Cooke Aviation burst onto the FBO scene at the NBAA Convention with the purchase of two FBOs, the former Circle Rainbow facility at Honolulu International Airport in Hawaii and Everett Jet Center at Paine Field in Everett, Wash. The acquisition is the first in the company’s plans to add more aviation assets and build an FBO chain in the U.S. and possibly in Europe.
Aviation International News » January 2008
Executive Beechcraft’s three Kansas City area FBOs (owned by BBA Aviation) have joined Avfuel’s dealer network and will offer Avtrip reward points and contract fuel pricing to participating pilots. Avfuel also announced that Craig Air Center in Jacksonville, Fla., has become an Avfuel dealer, and participating customers can receive Avtrip points and Avfuel contract pricing.
The runway resurfacing project at Collin County Regional Airport in McKinney, Texas, is complete, and operations resumed there on November 30. The airport was closed for a month during the project, which added 12 inches of new concrete overlay on 7,001-foot Runway 17/35 and three inches of new asphalt on the taxiway to allow operation of heavier airplanes.
Pilots flying to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and San Diego Lindbergh Field might notice unusual runway status lights that warn of possible conflicting traffic. The systems have been in place since 2005 at DFW and 2006 at Lindbergh, but the FAA recently awarded contracts to upgrade the status light test systems and to install them at more airports with complex configurations.
After transferring its FBO operations to Atlantic Aviation, Ranger Jet Center at Orlando/Kissimmee Gateway Airport began building its new business center with offices and hangar space available to operators and businesses. In November, Ranger Jet Center held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new Osceola Sheriff’s aviation facility. The event also acknowledged two newly finished general aviation hangars.
Growth at Salina Airport in Kansas has been so rapid that the airport is running out of hangar and office space for businesses that want to move to the airport. A new $6 million hangar complex is under construction and is on track to open in the third quarter. The 69,000-sq-ft complex includes 41,400 sq ft of hangar space, 22,600 sq ft of office space and a 5,000-sq-ft customer service area.
FBO chain Encore acquired Million Air Cleveland at Burke Lakefront Airport early last month. This brings the Encore FBO chain to five facilities in the U.S. and three in Europe. Like some of Encore’s other recent acquisitions, the Cleveland FBO also offers engine and airframe maintenance in addition to typical FBO services such as fuel sales and hangar rental.
Houston Executive Airport has leased all available new T-hangars, some even before they have been built. The new Houston airport opened last January to offer a new alternative for general aviation operators in the Houston area. Built west of downtown Houston by former commercial pilot and Houston native Ron Henriksen, the new airport features a 5,050-foot runway that will eventually be extended to 7,604 feet.
The City of Santa Monica City Council plans to introduce a law that will exclude large jets from landing at the city’s airport. The new law would prohibit operation of aircraft meeting FAA Airport Reference Code B-II, a standard that isn’t supposed to be used to limit operations at an airport, according to the NBAA. The B-II code refers to airplanes with approach speeds of less than 121 knots and wings spanning less than 79 feet.
In an effort to protect National Football League Super Bowl XLII patrons and players from the possibility of a terrorist strike, government authorities plan to implement temporary flight restrictions (TFR) over the Phoenix area in addition to traffic-management initiatives.
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