An Atlanta businessman has opened JetServ PDK, a new FBO at FBO-rich Atlanta’s DeKalb-Peachtree Airport (PDK). The new FBO pumps only jet fuel (Phillips 66) and serves only transient turbine aircraft. JetServ occupies three acres of tarmac and renovated facilities that once belonged to Air BP, including a 5,000-sq-ft terminal building. It also offers a 10,000-sq-ft hangar for use by those transient aircraft.
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European FBOs have once again scored highly in the annual survey of international FBOs conducted by Aviation International News (sister publication of EBACE Convention News). No fewer than eight of the Top Ten FBOs (outside the Americas) are in Europe. The Hong Kong Business Aviation Center (in second place) and Abu Dhabi-based Royal Jet (Booth No. 2225), which ranked fifth, rounded out the top 10 FBOs.
On the subject of security procedures, Sandy Waters, v-p of KaiserAir at Oakland (Calif.) International Airport, said, “There has never been a successful hijacking of a charter or air taxi aircraft in history, and there is no reason to impose the same requirements [as those for aircraft over 95,000 lb] on smaller aircraft.” Still, Waters has voluntarily developed scrupulous security measures specifically for KaiserAir–measures the company hop
Air-taxi operators, including those that buy fuel at Raytheon Aircraft Services, will now be competing with the FBO chain for air-taxi customers. Raytheon Aircraft Charter and Management (RACM) is becoming a division of Raytheon Aircraft Services (RAS) to offer aircraft and charter management throughout the company’s nationwide network of 14 FBOs.
It seems that not a week goes by without an FBO company announcing either the acquisition of more FBOs or a one-FBO company buying half a dozen more FBOs to establish its own growing chain. Witness, for example, Volo Aviation’s rapid accumulation of five bases, when just last year the company had one FBO to supplement its primary charter business.
New European Union (EU) requirements have been introduced requiring most aircraft weighing more than 22,045 pounds or having more than 19 passenger seats to be subject to existing airline security standards. Only corporate or private aircraft that are not operating for hire are exempt from the rules, as are internal company training flights.
Starting this year, AIN is conducting its North American FBO survey annually, having run the program every other year for the past 25 years. Now pilots can take more timely advantage of their colleagues’ ratings of the service facilities that keep business aviation flying. What makes the AIN survey uniquely useful is that it is just that–a survey.
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) has drawn up a list of security recommendations in a bid to ensure uniform standards at the continent’s FBOs. The recommendations are expected to be included in the association’s new code of practice for business aircraft ground handling when it is published later this year.
Encore FBO and private-equity firm GTCR Golder Rauner on November 22 entered a joint definitive agreement to acquire Landmark Aviation’s FBOs from Dubai Aerospace Enterprise Aviation Holdings. The $436 million transaction is “subject to adjustment as provided in the purchase agreement,” according to a disclosure filed publicly by Dubai Aerospace Enterprise Aviation Holdings on December 13.
After working to put down roots in Europe for the best part of a decade, Signature Flight Support now appears to be gathering some real momentum with its recent acquisition of facilities in the UK, Ireland, Belgium and Greece, as well as the opening of a new base at Toulon-Hyéres Airport in the south of France. The European chain now includes some 15 full-service FBOs and an executive aircraft handling presence at almost 20 more airports.