According to many aviation consultants, aviation is about to enter a period of growth broader than it has experienced in quite a while. Several world events–including the rising cost of fuel–are driving this growth. It seems many operators are replacing their older corporate aircraft with modern, more fuel-efficient aircraft. First-time operators acquiring new aircraft are also driving growth.
Aviation International News » June 2007
Galaxy Aviation is, for now, a small regional FBO chain with five bases in Florida and ambitions to extend the company’s brand of family-atmosphere customer service to locations in other parts of the U.S.
XJet’s private jet facility at Denver’s Centennial Airport opened late last month. XJet members get to use the new facility, which will eventually include four large hangars for member aircraft, a lounge, library, fine art gallery, conference rooms, underground car parking and a five-star restaurant. Members receive a substantial fuel discount that will also be available at participating FBOs elsewhere.
Miami Executive Aviation celebrated the groundbreaking for a new hangar at Opa Locka Executive Airport in Miami on May 23. The new 70,000-sq-ft hangar, set to open in the fourth quarter, will be large enough for Boeing Business Jets or Airbus A319s and will include office space, conference rooms and shop space.
After 10 years of building a large charter/management company and full-service FBO at McClellan-Palomar Airport in San Diego, Jet Source is preparing to expand with a second FBO at Henderson Executive Airport in Las Vegas. Henderson is a growing alternate destination for Las Vegas-bound travelers who don’t want to deal with congestion at McCarran International Airport, according to Frank Milian, Jet Source president and COO.
FalconTrust Air at Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport in Miami, is preparing to build a 34,320-sq-ft storage hangar next to its FBO. Groundbreaking should take place in October. FalconTrust Air has also secured 18 additional acres at Tamiami Airport and plans to build 11 more executive hangars on that land.
The budding Encore FBO chain added two FBOs, with the May acquisition of Sun Western Flyers at Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport in Bullhead City, Nev., and this month’s opening of a new FBO at Cote d’Azur in Nice, France. This brings Encore’s total to six FBOs–three in the U.S. and three in Europe. At the Nice FBO, Encore is using the Encore Euralair brand name, as it does for its FBO at Le Bourget Airport in Paris.
Irish entrepreneur Dermot Desmond has acquired a majority shareholding in the entities that compose ExecuJet Aviation Group, which provides charter/management services, sales for Bombardier Business Aircraft and Grob Aerospace, aircraft maintenance services and operates FBOs on four continents. Niall Olver will remain ExecuJet’s CEO, while Desmond will become chairman of the company.
An alternative airport is now available for those flying near Jackson Hole, Wyo. Afton Flight Services at Afton Municipal Airport, about 60 miles south of Jackson Hole, is now operating as a full-service FBO. The airport has a 7,025-foot runway and no landing or tie-down fees. Afton Flight Services offers jet-A, avgas, concierge services, de-icing and anti-icing, hangars that can fit a Gulfstream V and car rentals.
According to NBAA, during the last week of April, the Santa Monica, Calif., airport commission voted to adopt a proposal to create runway safety areas using declared distances that would effectively limit the airport to jets weighing 23,000 pounds or less. The commission also voted to close 300 feet of runway.