Atlantic Aviation came to this year’s NBAA show with an expanded exhibit and confidence in the future of the company’s 72 U.S. FBOs at 67 locations (some airports have multiple facilities).
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Mac Dan Aviation, one of two FBOs at Essex County Airport in northern New Jersey, closed its doors last Wednesday, according to a security guard tending the now-empty facility. The company apparently had stopped providing fuel services earlier last month and sold all of its equipment, according to information provided to AIN. Mac Dan operated the FBO, as well as an aircraft sales division, charter operation and flight school.
Camarillo Airport in Southern California is one of those airports that reveals its treasures as visitors either drive or fly in, starting with the hulk of an ancient Convair CV-240–used for firefighting training–in a field on the east side.
On October 13 and 14, Avfuel is holding a quality-assurance and fire-safety seminar at the Avflight FBO at Capital City Airport in Lansing, Mich. The seminar is free for Avfuel customers (FBOs) and covers a variety of subjects, including oil refining, fuel properties, quality testing, safety, fuel storage facility maintenance, fire training, equipment maintenance and hands-on exercises at the Avflight FBO.
European business aviation has endured a steep downturn in activity for the best part of a year, and many in the industry are resigned to a slow recovery. But for some the proverbial glass remains half full and some of these people are now eyeing growth opportunities.
Operators of small- to medium-size turbine aircraft looking for a quality facility to use in the Boston area should consider Norwood Municipal Airport (OWD) and its FBO, Flight Level Aviation. The airfield offers two 4,000-foot runways and localizer and Rnav approaches, and it is a U.S. Customs landing rights facility. An FAA-contract tower operates from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. in the spring and summer and to 8 p.m. in the fall and winter.
U.S.-based AvFuel is once again exhibiting at EBACE, promoting its worldwide network of fuel and service suppliers. The company supports operators via a network of more than 600 affiliated FBOs, several of which are exhibiting under the AvFuel banner here at Booth No. 227.
Twelve months ago, the introduction to AIN’s 2008 international FBO special report remarked that there had probably never been a better time to be in the FBO business. At the time, business aircraft traffic growth was in full flow in markets outside North America and there was no obvious sign that this trend would diminish to any great extent.
When jet-A prices spiked last year after oil prices rose to new highs, pilots complained that the large FBO chains were taking advantage of monopoly locations to extract stiff per-gallon prices and high ramp fees from jet-A-buying customers. It’s true that prices rose, in some cases above $8 per gallon at some locations where sole FBOs are the norm.
Ocean Sky is to open a new FBO at London Luton Airport on March 30. The UK company has signed a lease on the facility formerly occupied by Harrods Aviation before it developed its current facilities at the airport. This is situated on Luton’s south ramp and is immediately parallel to the runway.