Since January, pilots flying to airports in Southern California have been able to obtain overflight permits and fly directly to destinations like McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, instead of making an expensive stop at a border airport-of-entry then flying to the destination.
Aviation International News » July 2008
Emblem Aviation purchased New Breed Aviation at Ralph Wenz Field Airport in Pinedale, Wyo., and plans to add a second FBO location in Arizona. The Pinedale facility offers travelers an alternative to busy Wyoming airports such as Jackson Hole. Although Wenz Field does not have a control tower, it offers a 7,100-foot runway and GPS approaches.
In a survey conducted by information provider Conklin & de Decker, operators reported that they save significant amounts on jet fuel by participating in discount fuel programs.
Castle & Cooke Aviation opened its new FBO at Honolulu International Airport (HNL) on June 10. The former Circle Rainbow facility received a $5 million retrofit, with renovation of the lobby, 18,000 sq ft hangar and 60,000 sq ft of office space. Later this year, Castle & Cooke plans to offer jet-A and avgas service on an expanded general aviation ramp on the island of Lana’i.
Under a memorandum of understanding signed by Jet Aviation and Airod, Jet Aviation will operate an FBO at Kuala Lumpur’s Subang Airport under a partnership with Airod. The two companies plan to finalize a joint venture agreement by next month, after which Jet Aviation will immediately start offering FBO services, including line maintenance, at Subang.
Although it may not seem like a lot of traffic compared to a metropolitan U.S. airport, business jet movements at Britain’s Newquay Cornwall Airport were up 7 percent last year over the previous year and are expected to climb 10 percent, to more than 1,000 per year, this year. Newquay FBO Midwest Executive Aviation sees plenty of traffic making technical stops, thanks to the airport’s 9,000-foot nearly sea level elevation runway.
Although it seems that there are not many alternatives to big-city airports in Europe, small underutilized airports such as Sion, east of Geneva offer a warm and welcome reception for business aircraft that can’t find room at other airports or for pilots who enjoy flying off the beaten path.
Learjet and Challenger maintenance company Spectra Jet has opened an FBO at Springfield Airport in Ohio. The new FBO, named FBO S-Jet, is the result of months of negotiations with the city of Springfield, according to owner and president Mike Catherwood. FBO S-Jet is offering reduced avgas and jet-A prices “to be more competitive with the surrounding airports,” he said.
SunBorne broke ground on a 36,000-sq-ft office and hangar facility on the company’s 125-acre Centennial InterPort property at Centennial Airport near Denver. SunBorne has applied to operate an FBO at the facility but might lease it to another company for aviation uses. This development should be done in the first quarter of next year.
Jet Aviation Ogden (Utah) is scheduled to open before year-end, under an agreement that the Swiss company signed with Kemp Development. The agreement calls for Jet Aviation to take over Kemp Jet Services’ existing FBO operations and also open a new Midcoast Aviation maintenance facility. The FBO includes 51,000 sq ft of terminal, hangar and office space.