Visitors to the Africa Aerospace & Defence show (AAD 2012), held in September at South Africa’s Waterkloof Air Force Base near Pretoria, might have been excused for thinking that they had arrived at a business aviation convention. While the exhibition halls groaned under the weight of armored vehicles, the outside static aircraft display was dominated by an impressive array of corporate and private jets.
Phillips 66 Aviation announced here on Tuesday a new corporate credit card program featuring Avcard, a co-branded card with Phillips 66.
The new Phillips 66 Aviation Wings Card will provide acceptance at more than 7,200 locations globally, along with double WingPoints at participating FBOs.
The new corporate card will serve pilots and flight departments flying into the nation’s largest network of branded FBOs. Some 870 FBOs are part of the Phillips 66 Aviation network.
Flight planning and support group Universal Weather & Aviation (Booth No. 2516) has largely built its reputation on its 50 years of experience and harnessing technology to make life easier for business aircraft operators. But now the U.S.-based group is looking to upgrade the quality of its ground handling facilities in some 20 countries around the world, starting at London Stansted Airport, where it last month took the wraps off a comprehensively refurbished FBO.
The National Business Aviation Association Aviation Support Services Safety Award is presented to aviation personnel employed for three or more consecutive years by NBAA member companies primarily for support of corporate/business flight operations and whose company has had no aircraft accidents during their employment period. AIN interviewed the top recipients for 2011.
Ron Ludema, president/owner, 45 years
Linda Ludema, vice president, 45 years
Mick Osborne, director of line service, 40 years
A regional fixed-base operation that grew into an internationally-recognized maintenance and manufacturing facility is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Atlantic Aero, formed in response to customer dissatisfaction with an existing FBO provider in Greensboro, N.C., will hold an anniversary celebration at its booth (No. 2569) today at 3:30 p.m.
Texas-based flight training provider Anson Air has broken ground on a new 24,000-sq-ft FBO facility at Sugar Land Regional Airport in Houston that will cater mainly to the region’s piston aircraft community. The $3 million office and hangar facility, expected to open next spring, will have its own avgas fueling operation. The corporate jet segment at the airport is served by the city-owned FBO, Global Select.
Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Avfuel has added a trio of FBOs to its lineup of more than 600 branded dealers. Bellingham Aviation Services at Bellingham International Airport, located near the Canadian border, between Vancouver, B.C., and Seattle, serves as a gateway to the Pacific Northwest, as well as a tech stop for Alaskan-bound fliers. The facility offers transient hangar space, GPUs, lav service, de-icing and oxygen. The FBO’s maintenance division provides services such as avionics, general maintenance, inspections and major repairs for both piston- and turbine-powered aircraft.
Dialog over the propriety of competition from airport-sponsored FBOs ratcheted up when several members of Congress submitted a letter to acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta expressing their concern about the use of federal funding provided by the agency for airport development.
New York-based Allied Aviation has signed a deal with Canada’s Niagara District Airport to purchase the airport’s fuel farm and establish an FBO. Operations began at the end of August. The airport, which is located near Niagara Falls, sees approximately 40,000 movements annually. It sold the 5,300-gallon jet-A and 5,300-gallon avgas capacity fuel farm that it took over in 2008 after the previous FBO operator left the airport. The airport authority has been providing rudimentary services since.
Last March, the business aviation spotlight shined brightly on Shanghai at the relaunch of the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE). While the show was considered a rousing success by nearly all accounts, for the host venue, Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre–the sole FBO at Hongqiao International Airport–the event served as a golden opportunity to showcase itself.