FBO chain Sheltair has joined the Avfuel network, announcing the rebranding of its 14 locations yesterday here at the show. As the first indication of the new relationship, the company is displaying at the Avfuel booth (No. N5100). “This group here is a very professional group, a very thoughtful group in how they do things, they have super people in the marketing area, great people in operations, we’re really proud to be associated with Sheltair,” said Avfuel president and CEO Craig Sincock.
Gulfstream Aerospace has added three specially outfitted Field and Airborne Support Team (Fast) vehicles to its support network. The new rapid-response Gulfstream Fast vehicles are based at Van Nuys Airport near Los Angeles, William P. Hobby Airport in Houston and New York-area Teterboro Airport.
Each vehicle has a team of two or three technicians and is designed to support operators facing an AOG. Onboard capabilities include line service repairs, engine changes, post-flight and storage inspections, minor scheduled inspections and minor cabin interior repairs.
Universal Weather and Aviation has enhanced its free iPad app, Universal Mobile, with the integration of its UVTripPlanner tool. The system now provides the same data that is used and audited daily by the Houston-based company, such as information on worldwide airports, FBOs, ground handlers, in-flight caterers, ground transport handlers and hotels. Among its utilities, the app allows operators to check fuel pricing and uplift requests through the UVair fuel program.
Signature Flight Support (Booth No. N3505) has signed up to be a featured business in the newly announced ForeFlight Directory, the FBO chain announced on Monday here at the NBAA show. The listing service enables airport and aviation businesses to engage users of iOS-based flight-planning app ForeFlight Mobile by including branding, artwork, photos and business and service descriptions in the entries.
As NBAA kicks off this year’s annual convention here in Las Vegas, preparations are well underway for next year’s Asian Business Conference and Exhibition (ABACE), to be held April 15-17 at the Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre (SHPBASC), which has been its home since the show’s rebirth in 2011.
NetJets “soft opened” its new 10,000-sq-ft dedicated passenger terminal solely for the fractional provider’s customers at Palm Beach (Fla.) International Airport last month, almost exactly a year after breaking ground on the facility. A formal grand opening is scheduled for November 6, but AIN was able to get a first look at the new complex just before the NBAA Convention this week.
More than two years after Tac Air filed a Part 16 complaint over the construction and operation of an airport-owned FBO at Tennessee’s Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport/Lovell Field, the agency has issued its ruling, finding the airport authority was not in violation of its federal grant obligations.
ExecuJet Aviation has begun aircraft handling operations at a temporary general aviation terminal at Indonesia’s Bali International Airport. The facility is ExecuJet’s first to open following the last year’s signing of an MoU with state-owned Indonesian airport manager Angkasa Pura I for the design, construction and management of general aviation terminals at up to 13 airports in the Asian country.
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.
On Friday, Rockwell Collins unveiled its new EVS-3000 enhanced vision system, which includes a multi-spectral EVS sensor that “significantly improves detection of outside terrain, hazards and obstacles in low-visibility conditions caused by weather phenomena such as fog.” The EVS-3000 also brings the industry-first ability to fully detect LED lighting, which is increasingly being used by airports as a runway lighting solution. It does not require a built-in cooling system, reducing weight.