French ground services support coordinator G-Ops has upgraded and relaunched its website. The new navigation system and layout are aimed at allowing operators and flight dispatchers to send online handling requests for flights more easily. Through the system, customers can arrange for numerous services such as ground handling, fueling, landing and takeoff slots, permits, catering, crew accommodations and ground transportation at more than 30 airports throughout France.
Aircraft ground handling
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based FBO Banyan Air Service will be the launch customer for a new ground accident avoidance system. RampTrack, by Wingspan Systems, will help prevent ramp and hangar accidents by tracking aircraft on the ground and issuing a warning if they are at risk of striking a building, another aircraft, vehicle or person. Using redundant sensors, intelligent software and visual as well as aural alarms, the system reduces the chance of hangar rash due to contact with toolboxes or ground tugs while aircraft are being moved or taxiing.
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.
Signature Flight Support has chosen the venue of this year’s NBAA Convention to announce several new programs. The BBA Aviation subsidiary, which currently operates a network of more than 115 FBOs worldwide, unveiled a new partnership with secure identification provider Clear, which uses biometric data to speed travelers through airport security. The partnership gives Signature’s customers a discount on registration in the program.
Improving communications between flight departments and service providers is the goal of FlightBridge, a newly launched company making its NBAA debut. The company’s web-based technology platform was developed to eliminate the many phone, email and fax-based communications that result from changes in travel plans. According to the company (Booth No. 3508), the process of setting up, canceling and modifying arrangements with service providers is much more direct using its product.
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.
Jet Parts (Booth No. 3970), an aftermarket parts provider located between Florida’s Palm Beach International Airport, Fort Lauderdale International Airport and Miami International Airport, announced here that it recently acquired a cache of ground support equipment inventory, including power carts, tools and hangar support items for Falcon and Gulfstream operations. The company’s climate-controlled facility is maintained in laboratory-like conditions year round.
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.
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.
When it comes to the careful handling of millions of dollars worth of aircraft at LABACE 2012 at São Paulo (Brazil) Congonhas Airport, Swissport was the pick to position 75 aircraft on the static display ramp yesterday and today with nary a ding.