The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency has designated Reina Beatrix International Airport in Oranjestad, Aruba, as the second international authorized pre-clearance location for general aviation aircraft transporting up to 19 passengers and crew. Ireland’s Shannon Airport was the first to receive the approval, in March 2010.
Quintessentially Aviation Handling has opened a new executive passenger and crew terminal facility at Ireland’s Shannon International Airport. The 1,750-sq-ft terminal includes an executive passenger lounge, as well as an airside crew rest lounge complete with shower facilities, satellite TV, Netflix, Wi-Fi, complimentary catering and modern Swiss furnishings. The terminal is also equipped with its own air bridge.
After reaching an agreement with Los Angeles World Airports, Atlantic Aviation has begun construction of the first corporate aircraft storage hangar at Los Angeles International Airport, where the company already operates an FBO. The $7.8 million 36,500-sq-ft general aviation hangar is scheduled for completion early next year and will be able to accommodate up to four large-cabin business jets. According to the company, the hangar is already sold out, and the company plans to offer transient space as available.
Landmark Aviation has purchased Midlantic Jet Aviation, the sole aviation services provider at New Jersey’s Atlantic City International Airport. The location and its U.S. Customs presence is open 24/7, and its 5,000-sq-ft terminal features a passenger lounge, crew lounge and snooze room, crew car, flight-planning room with WSI weather tracking and conference room. The FBO also has 65,000 sq ft of heated, video-monitored hangar space.
After two years, Chicago-area DuPage Airport has finished a $4.2 million upgrade of its FBO, which is open 24/7. Among the improvements to the facility–the lone provider at the airport–are new passenger entrances leading to an updated lobby with newly renovated restrooms, crew lounges and upgraded U.S. Customs facilities. Additions include a crew kitchen and dining lounge, theater room, fitness center with cardio workout equipment and weights, and a quiet room with sleeping accommodations.
The World Cup, the world’s largest sporting event, is set to kick off next month, and more than half a million fervent soccer fans are poised to descend on host country Brazil. Of that total, 11 percent are expected to arrive on business aircraft, and estimates call for approximately 3,000 business aircraft to be operating in the country during the month-long tournament, which begins on June 12. Such numbers will place a heavy strain on Brazil’s aviation services.
Macquarie Infrastructure subsidiary Atlantic Aviation closed its $230 million acquisition of Galaxy Aviation yesterday. The deal included six FBOs–five in Florida (four branded as Galaxy Aviation and one as Boca Aviation) and one Galaxy location in Hayden, Colo. With the acquisitions, Atlantic Aviation now has FBOs at 68 airports in the U.S.
The city of Santa Monica’s efforts to discourage aviation activity at Santa Monica Airport (SMO) have had the desired effect. Piston aircraft operations have dropped 29 percent since landing fees were raised 2.5-fold last year and made applicable to all airport users, including based tenants. At the same time, the effect on business aircraft users of the airport doesn’t seem as profound.
After a five-month delay, MidairUSA has resumed construction of an expansion project at Melbourne International Airport. The FAA had ordered a work stoppage, citing concerns about the project’s impact on airspace and air traffic. The 87,000-sq-ft expansion is expected to be completed this October and will consist of an additional ramp, two hangars and administrative offices, as well as sales, planning and engineering facilities and a warehouse. The facility will house a back shop for parts fabrication and repairs.
Jeppesen is holding a series of free webinars to help pilots improve their knowledge of navigation information and charts. The “Chart Clinic Confidential” series runs for five sessions beginning May 15 and will cover airport diagrams, obstacle departures and SIDs, en route charting and symbology, Stars and destination airport and approach charts. The webinars will cover both digital and paper charting products.