Aero Toy Store finished a 45,000-sq-ft expansion at its FBO in Dorval, Quebec, in late May. The $7.6 million expansion includes a new 30,000-sq-ft hangar and 15,000-sq-ft completions center, complementing the existing FBO terminal and adding capability in Montreal similar to Aero Toy Store’s operation in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. In Montreal, Aero Toy Store facilities encompass 200,000 sq ft.
Aviation International News » July 2008
Avfuel dealer Threshold Aviation finished renovations of its Chino, Calif. FBO, including plenty of hangar and ramp space. Revenues have increased 35 percent in the last year and should grow by the same amount this year, according to CEO Mark DiLullo. Threshold is also an installation center for the Clifford Development Citation II re-engining program.
ExecuJet Europe is expanding its presence at Berlin Schönefeld Airport in Berlin, following an April 27 public referendum that will lead to the closure of the city’s famed Tempelhof Airport in October. ExecuJet launched an upgrade of its Schönefeld FBO in April, building a new passenger lounge, conference room, pilot lounge and briefing and operations room.
Atlantic Aviation has added 550,000 sq ft to its Teterboro, N.J. ramp, bringing the FBO’s total ramp space at the busy airport to 835,300 sq ft. Atlantic’s Teterboro leasehold is now more than 30 acres and the FBO’s ramp space is the largest on the airport.
Key Air continues expanding, with its newest FBO, Key Air Treasure Coast, at St. Lucie County International Airport in Fort Pierce, Fla. The company acquired the former Jet Service Center FBO and will be using those facilities to serve customers while it builds a new 90,000-sq-ft full-service FBO with office and hangar space as well as maintenance, paint and interior completions capability.
Orlando, Fla. is becoming a major hub and resource center for corporate aviation, and for good reason. Beyond Wichita, the greater Orlando area has one of the highest concentrations of corporate aircraft crew initial and recurrent training centers and aircraft maintenance facilities. Overall, it has one of the denser concentrations of top-notch FBOs in the continental U.S.
There were many times during my years as a mechanic when I was working totally exhausted, but for a number of reasons I continued past the point that I was in danger of causing damage to an aircraft or to myself. For years many of my coworkers and I believed that we were OK to work and not impaired by a lack of rest.
Motorflug Baden-Baden signed an agreement to be acquired by Eurocopter Deutschland. The German company specializes in helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul at bases in Baden-Baden, Rheinmünster and Schönhagen, near Berlin. The facility will become an integral part of Eurocopter’s service and support business and will complement Eurocopter’s maintenance, repair and overhaul capabilities in the civil helicopter market.
Jet Aviation’s aircraft management and charter division for Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia was awarded the EASA Continuing Airworthiness Management Organization (CAMO) “Plus” certificate. The certificate will allow Jet Aviation to perform annual airworthiness reviews not only for its management clients, but for other private aircraft operators as well.
Banyan celebrated its third annual AMT Day (May 24) by honoring its maintenance and avionics technicians. Dave Valenta, Banyan’s director of maintenance, and Lou Homsher, Banyan’s quality assurance manager, organized the event.