The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and NBAA today released a new survey showing that recent portrayals of business aviation as mainly “fat cats” flying in large-cabin jets are inaccurate.
Pittsburgh International Airport
Eclipse Aerospace, the reincarnation of defunct Eclipse Aviation, has vacated its $8 million factory service center and told Albany County Airport Authority officials not to expect it to return. Doug Myers, director of public affairs for the Authority, told AIN that five years ago the airport authority began an economic development initiative to attract new businesses and jobs to the Albany, N.Y. airport.
After 18 months and approximately $6.9 million, Ameco Aviation College (AAC) on Beijing Capital International Airport has opened the doors on its new addition. The four-story, 27-classroom portion of the building and two-story attached workshop feature a solar heating system and extensive building insulation to reduce energy consumption.
The Transportation Security Administration has added Richmond Jet Center at Richmond International Airport in Virginia and Executive Beechcraft
St. Gallen-Altenrhein Airport in Switzerland is building a new terminal to serve the European business aviation market. To be completed within two years, the facility will add office space at the airport, including executive suites, and provide security screening facilities that meet the requirements of the Schengen Treaty, which Switzerland has signed.
Signature Flight Support’s Miami International Airport (MIA) base has a private hangar available, perfect for a large flight department, according to a company spokesman. The facility includes a 2,200-sq-ft departure lounge, 19,810-sq-ft hangar, covered parking and fuel discounts from the local and network Signature FBOs.
The Transportation Security Administration has added Los Angeles International, Manchester (N.H.) and Long Beach (Calif.) airports to its list of gateways for Part 135 and 91 flights into Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. FBOs Landmark Aviation at Los Angeles, Wiggins Airways at Manchester and Signature Flight Support Long Beach are the approved facilities where flights can originate.
NetJets Europe has become the first operator permitted to fly the Falcon 7X trijet into London City Airport (LCY), which requires special approval for the downtown airfield’s 5.5-deg steep approach. The fractional ownership provider last year flew nearly 5,000 flights to and from the airport, making London City the fourth most popular destination in the operator’s fleet.
AirQuest Aviation, based at Butler County Airport north of Pittsburgh, is
now an Avfuel dealer and offers customers Avtrip points for fuel purchases as well
as participation in Avfuel’s contract fuel card program. AirQuest opened in 2004 and is building a 20,000-sq-ft hangar, due to open shortly. A recently opened pilot lounge offers its own bathrooms, shower, television and snooze rooms. “We try to
At its headquarters at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Latrobe, Pa., L.J. Aviation has built a new 16,800-sq-ft hangar for its FBO facility and charter operation. “We are confident that our continued investment in our infrastructure will provide us with the tools necessary to build our business and provide exceptional service, even in a challenging economic climate,” said president and CEO Ed Kilkeary Sr.