Aircraft charter and management firm Talon Air added four new Hawker 4000s to its Part 135 certificate this week. The super-midsize jets are based at Talon’s new 100,000-sq-ft hangar and office complex at New York’s Republic Airport in Farmingdale, Long Island. With nine Hawker 4000s on its charter certificate–nearly one-fifth of the in-service fleet of this type–Talon remains the largest owner and operator of these twinjets in the world.
Wilson Technological Center at Republic Airport in Farmingdale, N.Y., has received a Gulfstream II from JFI Jets owner and Long Island resident Arik Kislin. The retired aircraft, once owned by Frank Sinatra and more recently Harrison Ford, will serve as a training jet for students in the aviation maintenance technology program at Wilson Tech’s Republic Airport campus. “I love this airplane and truly hate to see her grounded, but after 44 years of service her time has come,” Kislin told AIN.
As of today, AeroBridge had coordinated more than 70 business aircraft flights to deliver more than 100,000 pounds of relief supplies to areas of New York and New Jersey affected by Hurricane Sandy. The group has also been involved in more than 18 additional flights to five collection sites. AeroBridge is operating relief missions into three N.Y./N.J.-area airports–Republic Airport in Farmingdale, N.Y.; Robert J.
JetFlite International of Long Beach, Calif., saw its charter revenue surge by 37 percent last year and is projecting more than 30-percent growth this year. International flights account for nearly 55 percent of the company's total aircraft charter business, said JFI president Albert Pod. JetFlite also has an operating base at Republic Airport in Farmingdale, N.Y.
Charter/management operator Air Rutter International has changed its name to JetFlite International and added a new operating base at Republic Airport in Farmingdale, N.Y. JetFlite is headquartered in Long Beach, Calif., and the new
The Northeastern group of companies, which bills itself as a “specialty services operator” because it isn’t an FBO (no fuel service), is building a new hangar at Republic Airport in Farmingdale, N.Y. The most recent addition was a $4 million, 35,000-sq-ft hangar, and next year the company’s fourth hangar should open, adding another 35,000 sq ft of hangar and 17,500 sq ft of office and shop space to Northeastern’s 16-acre complex.
Associated British Ports of the UK is in negotiations with possible buyers of its American Port Services’ U.S. aviation businesses, including its AvCenter chain of FBOs and the management of several airports. The company reportedly is selling most of its U.S. Amports businesses because they don’t fit with the rest of the U.S. group, which operates primarily seaports.
Associated British Ports of the UK is in its sixth month of negotiations with possible buyers of its American Port Services’ U.S. aviation businesses, including its AvCenter chain of FBOs and the management of several airports. The company has been trying to sell most of its U.S. Amports businesses since last September because they don’t fit with its core business of operating seaports.
All three Long Island (N.Y.) Jet Centers (LIJC) will soon get major facelifts. The three separate projects are expected to cost about $50 million, collectively, with work starting early next year and taking up to three years to finish. Long Island Jet Centers include facilities at Francis Gabreski Airport (FOK) in Westhampton Beach; MacArthur Airport (ISP) in Islip; and Republic Airport in Farmingdale.
At the end of last month, Macquarie Bank of Sydney, Australia, entered into an agreement to purchase Executive Air Support, the Dallas-based group whose sole business is Atlantic Aviation. The transaction is valued at US$238 million. Combined with the five FBO AvCenters already owned by Macquarie, the deal for the 10 FBOs will triple the number of Macquarie-owned aircraft-service operations in the U.S.
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