FBO chain Avflight opened its new facility this week at Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City, Mich., a year-round tourism destination. Operating out of the airport’s general aviation terminal, the Avfuel-branded facility offers a range of fueling products and services. In addition to fuel and Avfuel programs, Avflight Traverse City features concierge services, a pilot lounge area, flight-planning facilities, courtesy vehicles, de/anti-icing services, cargo loading/unloading, charter handling and on-site rental cars.
Signature Flight Support agreed last month to purchase the FBO component of Metro Flight Services at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW). Metro Flight was one of two FBOs at the airport, the other being owned by Signature sister company ASIG, which also provides the airline fueling and ground handling at DTW. Once the acquisition is complete, the FBOs will be combined into one Signature Flight Support location, leaving the BBA Aviation subsidiary the lone general aviation services provider on the field, while ASIG will continue to handle the airline traffic.
The 14th Annual Great Lakes Aviation Conference, which includes a maintenance symposium for technicians, is being held February 14-15 at The Lansing Center in Lansing, Mich. The symposium offers sessions that can be used to log eight hours of training to meet annual Inspection Authorization renewal requirements.
Immaculate Flight launched aircraft cleaning and detailing services today at six new airports in the greater Detroit and Toledo metro areas. These include Toledo Express, Detroit Metro Wayne County, Coleman A. Young Municipal, Ann Arbor Municipal, Willow Run (Ypsilanti) and Oakland County International Airports. The additions mark the company’s second regional location in Michigan, while also adding Ohio as the company’s 11th state where it provides service. With these openings, Immaculate Flight’s network now exceeds 80 locations in the U.S.
Duncan Aviation’s location in Provo, Utah, has been designated by Mexico’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation as an approved aircraft maintenance organization. In addition, the company’s Battle Creek, Mich. location recently received approval from the Bermuda Department of Civil Aviation. Besides the FAA, Duncan Aviation’s locations in Lincoln, Neb., Battle Creek and Provo hold certificates from 10 more civil aviation authorities around the world.
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.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reached a new record when inspectors at U.S. airports confiscated 65 guns in one seven-day period ending May 24. That number represents a 30-percent increase over the agency’s previous record of 50 in a week.
The Paragon Network, a group of independent FBOs, has added Detroit to its growing web of national coverage. Metro Flight Services at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport is the 24th FBO to join the group since its inception in early 2011. One of two FBOs on the field, Metro Flight is preparing to open a new 100,000 sq ft facility at the airport later this summer. The former site of a private flight department, it includes 45,000 sq ft of heated hangar space, 20,000 sq ft of climate controlled parking, and a 35,000 sq ft terminal, offices and shop space.
The future is uncertain for Waterford, Mich.-based aviation services provider Aerodynamics Inc. (ADI) after the company laid off its remaining MRO staff last Wednesday. At the beginning of October, the company, which also operates an FBO and aircraft management business at Oakland County International Airport, announced a suite of layoffs of approximately half its employees, and another round followed earlier this month, around the same time its subsidiary ADI Shuttle Group filed for bankruptcy protection, citing more than $1 million in liabilities.
FAA statistics show a total of approximately 5,175 public-use airports in the U.S., down by approximately 170 since 2000. While many of the lost facilities were small strips suitable solely for small aircraft, there were a few notable closures such as the infamous midnight destruction of Chicago’s Meigs Field in 2003 and the closure of Atlantic City New Jersey’s Bader Field in 2006. According to the statistics, 27 facilities closed their doors in 2006, ranking that year as first for airport closures since 2000.
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