London-based flight planning group Flight-Operations. com has been rebranded under the name Air Planner. The company has also benefited from fresh funding that has allowed it to invest in more specialist staff and achieve compliance with Europe’s JAR-OPS 1 operating standards for commercially operated aircraft.
Aircraft ground handling
Operating in Aruba became easier last month after the opening of a 16,000-sq-ft general aviation terminal at Queen Beatrix Airport in the capital city of Oranjestad. The terminal is being operated by Universal Aviation Aruba, a subsidiary of Universal Weather & Aviation.
The Aruba Airport Authority has awarded Universal Weather & Aviation the concession to build and operate a new general aviation FBO at the Reina Beatrix Airport. The new terminal building will have direct access roads and customs and immigration facilities on-site.
Pentastar Aviation has signed a five-year ground handling contract with Daimler- Chrysler Aviation for its Airbus A319 shuttle. Located at Oakland County International Airport (PTK), Pentastar Aviation will provide maintenance, fueling, passenger processing, cleaning, security, catering to DaimlerChrysler Aviation’s Airbus A319 shuttle, the Transatlantic Star. The aircraft can accommodate up to 48 passengers in executive seats.
Tronair, manufacturer of ground support equipment for a range of users including general aviation and corporate aircraft operators, has acquired JETporter, a major player in the aircraft towing industry.
The products of the two companies are complementary, as EBACE visitors will quickly discover by visiting Booth No. 1213.
Prague-based Feras executive ground handling organization is using the EBACE show to roll out its new StarJet customer loyalty program. StarJet is aimed at providing various value enhancements for frequent users of the Feras network, which now covers more than 100 stations in Europe, Russia and the CIS countries.
To paraphrase the sentiments on a popular plaque, FBO owners in these changing economic times need the courage to change business practices that need to be changed; the serenity to accept those that cannot be changed; and the wisdom to know the difference.
Ocean Air Aviation, in North Bend, Ore., began operations last month at its newly built 4,000-sq-ft executive terminal.
Another aviation association is forming, this time to serve FBOs with three or fewer facilities. The Independent Fixed Base Operators Association (IFBOA) is the brainchild of John Wraga Jr., president and CEO of the Cambridge Group of Bedford, Mass. “I visit a lot of small FBOs,” said Wraga. “They all had the idea. They need an association that can support them.”
FBO owners of three or fewer facilities are being invited to join a new organization, the Independent Fixed Base Operators Association (IFBOA).
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