Million Air held an official opening on Friday for its $15 million flagship FBO at Houston Hobby Airport, which will also serve as the company’s headquarters. The 22,000-sq-ft facility more than doubles the size of the former building and features a three-story glass-clad lobby atrium spanned by a “sky bridge” that connects the building’s two wings.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency can now process non-U.S. citizen general aviation flight arrivals as well as those for U.S. citizens at New York Long Island MacArthur Airport. Arrivals are processed through the agency’s newly renovated facility at the airport’s main terminal between Gates B14 and B15. In operation from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m. seven days a week, the facility can clear a maximum combined 20 passengers and crew per general aviation flight.
In-flight catering provider Air Culinaire Worldwide opened an owned-and-operated kitchen in Miami, just three miles from Miami International Airport. The new kitchen becomes the third Air Culinaire Worldwide kitchen in Florida and brings the total number of owned-and-operated kitchens in the company’s network to 19. “Our new kitchen will provide fresh, regional cuisine and familiar favorites to clients operating to Miami for major events or operating to and from the U.S.
Embry-Riddle’s campuses at Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz. will hold a variety of aviation-focused short courses in a traditional face-to-face classroom environment beginning in April. Two three-day workshops at the Daytona Beach Campus will cover aviation safety management systems and unmanned aircraft systems.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency can now process non-U.S. citizen general aviation flight arrivals at New York’s Long Island MacArthur Airport. Arrivals are processed through the agency’s newly renovated facility at the airport’s main terminal between Gates B14 and B15. In operation from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m. seven days a week, the facility can clear a combined maximum of 20 passengers and crew per general aviation flight.
Commercial aviation has entered its second century, New Year’s Day having marked the 100th anniversary of the first flight with a fare-paying passenger. To celebrate, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has established 2014 as a year to reflect on the “contribution of aviation to modern life.” St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line flew the 23-minute first service across Florida’s Tampa Bay, using a Benoist Model XIV airboat with St. Petersburg mayor Abram Pheil in the only passenger seat. To mark the centennial, a Hoffman X-4 Mullet Skiff airboat retraced the route on January 1.
Activity among the service provider chains over the past few months suggests the FBO consolidation kettle is steaming again and whistling loudly. Last month, Atlantic Aviation, which previously had no Florida FBOs, made a big splash with the announcement of its $195 million acquisition of Galaxy Aviation. Atlantic added four of Galaxy’s Florida FBOs: at Orlando International, Northeast Florida Regional Airport in St. Augustine, Witham Field Airport in Stuart and Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach.
Atlantic Aviation parent company Macquarie Infrastructure announced late last week that it acquired Galaxy Aviation, a Florida-based FBO chain with six facilities, for $195 million. The agreement is expected to close in the first quarter of next year, subject to government approvals.
Plans for a new 40,000-sq-ft paint hangar at West Star Aviation’s Grand Junction Regional Airport facility in Colorado are moving ahead, despite apparent fiscal problems facing the airport authority.
West Star had reached an agreement with the airport authority to build the paint hangar, after which the authority would issue an $8 million bond, purchase the hangar from West Star and then lease it back to the company.
Houston-based Million Air has added the first Florida FBO to its network with the recent purchase of Avion Jet Center at Orlando Sanford International Airport. The service provider is set to embark on a $3.5 million renovation of the facility, with work starting on the 10,000-sq-ft hangar at the beginning of the year. The location also features a 7,000-sq-ft terminal, which will soon provide all the usual Million Air amenities, including a theater room and soda bar.