Landmark Aviation announced yesterday that it has doubled down on its property holdings at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y., with the acquisition of independent FBO Panorama Flight Support. With its latest addition, Landmark acquired a 20,000-sq-ft hangar, for a total of approximately 96,000 sq ft of heated community hangar space on nearly 26 acres of property.
Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) has terminated discussions with BBA Aviation about combining unspecified parts of its business. DAE, a Dubai-based MRO, aircraft completions and aircraft leasing company, entered into the discussion with British aircraft services firm BBA late last month to explore merging some of their assets. Reuters reported the talks centered upon an estimated $4.2 billion deal focusing on DAE’s StandardAero. StandardAero did not respond to requests for further comment.
British aircraft services company BBA Aviation is in talks with StandardAero over a $4.2 billion deal, according to a Reuters report. The news agency said it “would hand Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE), owner of Arizona-based engine repair and maintenance business StandardAero, a large stake in the combined business.”
Landmark Aviation began operations last week at its newest location, Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Mich. The service provider has acquired the assets of Northern Air and Grand Rapids Air Center and will operate out of the former Northern Air facility. Amenities include a VIP lounge, executive conference room, flight-planning room and crew showers. The location is Landmark’s first in the state and will offer both FBO and MRO services.
Landmark Aviation has made several additions to its executive staff. Ben Murray, former president of XOJet, has joined the company as president of its aircraft management and charter division. The service provider also named Skip Madsen, previously Jet Aviation’s v-p for MRO operations, to its newly created v-p of MRO. Tyson Goetz was selected as company v-p. Most recently he was a senior regional manager for Atlantic Aviation.
A legal battle is under way between the nation’s largest private aviation provider and two of the major FBO chains over whether NetJets’ aircraft charter and management arm, Executive Jet Management, can require the chains to provide fuel discounts to aircraft owners and operators whose aircraft are not part of the company’s fully managed fleet.
NetJets has filed lawsuits against Signature Flight Support and Landmark Aviation in an attempt to force the two FBO chains to extend contracted high-volume fuel discounts to Support Services clients at NetJets aircraft charter and management arm Executive Jet Management.
Skip Madsen has joined Landmark Aviation as vice president of MRO. “Skip will be a great addition to our senior executive team,” said Dan Bucaro, president and CEO of Landmark Aviation. “He brings with him a great deal of experience and knowledge that will be important to improving our MRO division.” Before joining Landmark, Madsen was the vice president of MRO operations for Jet Aviation.
Craig Fuller, president and CEO of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), will step down from his position as soon as a successor is identified. The association also promoted Sean Collins from manager of the pilot information center to eastern regional manager.
Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) president Gregory Principato intends to step down from leadership of the association at the end of June.
While Hawthorne Global Aviation might be one of the newest FBO brands in the field, in its DNA it is also one of the oldest. The Hawthorne name has been involved in aviation since the early 1930s and the company’s chain of service locations was purchased in 1998 by the Carlyle Group to form the bones of what is now Landmark Aviation.
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