With the Super Bowl now ranked as the largest one-day sporting event in the country, managers at FBOs in the Dallas/Fort Worth area knew it would take months of careful planning to accommodate the approximately 4,000 people expected to arrive by private aircraft, and have their customers come away from Super Bowl XLV feeling like a winner.
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The new Shenzhen Business Aviation Center that opened for business in late December is tangible evidence that at long last China is getting serious about providing infrastructure for this segment of air transport. Indeed, it is effectively the first purpose-built FBO in southern mainland China.
Eastern Aviation Fuels/Shell Aviation has added Panorama Flight Service at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y., to its fuel dealer network.
Denver-based AvConnect (Booth No. 6857) plans to begin offering its Aircraft Manager for the iPad in November. The new app will allow pilots and operators to track maintenance and flight planning, while offering in-flight data such as moving maps, approach plates and squawks. Aircraft Manager will also give pilots the ability to share maintenance information with service centers, FBOs or OEMs as needed.
Signature Flight Support is offering ground handling, fuel, catering, hotel and limousine arrangements and other services at 12 airports in Germany. These services are available through agreements with local FBOs and airport authorities and are being coordinated by Signature’s Munich FBO. Operators benefit by paying just one invoice for all of the services provided when flying in Germany and dealing with just one service provider.
Chase Larabee has launched a new Web-based service called AllFBO.com to eliminate the problem of pilots showing up at an FBO only to find that the customer service representatives have no record of prearranged fuel, crew and rental cars, catering and hangar storage services.
Stuck at an airport without a car? Airport Cars Club can help. The online reservation service allows a network of pilots who keep low-value cars at their airports to use each other’s airport cars without charge. The only costs are the $50 annual membership fee to Airport Cars Club and the requirement to own an airport car (maximum value $5,000).
Avfuel announced that Colorado Springs FBO Colorado jetCenter has joined its dealer network. The jetCenter FBO is a member of the Rocky Mountain jetCenter FBO network and features 22 acres of airport holdings, 400,000 sq ft of ramp space and 50,000 sq ft of climate-controlled hangar space. Amenities include on-site U.S.
1. Sugar Land Regional Airport
Sugar Land Regional Airport’s city-owned and -operated FBO once again takes the top spot in the AIN FBO survey. The airport and the FBO enjoy some distinct advantages that combine to boost its popularity, including strong support from the city of Sugar Land, a dedicated long-term team running the airport, a fabulous FBO terminal and a strong relationship with the field’s neighbors.
PHILLIPS 66 ADDS FBOs
Central Flying Service of Little Rock, Ark., has switched to the Phillips 66 fuel brand. The FBO has been in business more than 70 years and covers 77 acres at Adams Field, including 558,000 sq ft of covered space and 21 hangars. The company also offers charter, flight training, heavy maintenance, avionics repair and installation, aircraft sales and an onsite restaurant.