John Leenhouts, president and CEO of Sun ’n’ Fun, opened the 40th anniversary Sun ’n’ Fun Fly-In with some encouraging news. “I expect between 200,000 and 225,000 feet through the gates this Sun ’n’ Fun,” he told AIN. “Our pre-sales are up two and a half times normal, and the campgrounds are filling up fast,” he continued. He said he expects 11,000 to 12,000 aircraft movements per day, which would result in about 3,500 aircraft on the field at one time.
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Landmark Aviation at Oakland International Airport received Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) Access Standard Security Program (DASSP) approval. As such, the FBO can serve as a gateway for authorized DASSP operators wishing to fly directly into Washington National. Fewer than 30 FBOs in the U.S. have this approval, according to Landmark Aviation.
Landmark Aviation has broken ground on its new FBO at San Diego International Airport. The 12.4-acre FBO campus will feature a 20,000-sq-ft terminal and five hangars, along with 250,000 sq ft of ramp space. The facility will be built to achieve Leed Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. “This groundbreaking officially kicks off the much anticipated FBO campus development that we have all been working so hard toward,” said Landmark president and CEO Dan Bucaro.
Landmark Aviation will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday for its new facility at San Diego International Airport. Its FBO campus at the Southern California airfield will include a 20,000-sq-ft terminal, 250,000-sq-ft ramp and five hangars on 12.4 acres. The new facility is also expected to achieve Leed Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. According to Landmark, the new FBO will open late next year.
Shell Fuel distributor Eastern Aviation Fuels has bolstered its California footprint with the addition of three new FBO dealers. Landmark Aviation’s locations at San Diego International Airport (SAN), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Metropolitan Oakland International (OAK) will now be participating in the Shell AeroClass customer loyalty program, while LAX and OAK will also offer Shell contract fuel. Customs and immigration clearance is available at all three locations.
U.S. airlines have managed to stay profitable during a period of recession and spiking fuel prices, but small- and medium-sized airports have paid the price in reduced domestic air service, according to a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) study.
The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) decision to end funding to 149 federal contract towers to conform with budget sequestration has some airports pursuing legal options.
While all FBOs say that going the extra mile for the customer is their number-one priority, some–such as the Sonoma Jet Center (SJC)–will go to notable lengths to prove it, as the crew of a private jet that landed at the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport facility discovered last year, when they missed their outbound commercial flight. The passenger and jet were going to remain in the area for a number of days, but the crew was headed home and the private flight arrived too late for the crew to catch the first leg of their trip home.
Sittman Aviation, an FBO at Hawkins Field (HKS) in Jackson, Miss., has been sold to All About Planes, which will lease the facility to FBO Aero Jackson, which in turn will consolidate as the sole provider on the field. Hawkins serves as a reliever airport to Jackson-Evers International less than 10 miles away and features a 5,300–foot-long primary runway.