Cessna Aircraft is fielding its fifth Citation mobile service unit (MSU) and locating it to handle Citation maintenance at South Florida airports. The unit, part of Cessna’s ServiceDirect maintenance delivery group, is based at SheltAir Aviation at Hollywood/Ft. Lauderdale International Airport.
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Business aircraft operators have long asked for a second FBO option at Savannah (Ga.)/Hilton Head (S.C.) International Airport (SAV), and they got their wish in March when SheltAir Aviation Services opened. SheltAir now competes against Signature Flight Support SAV, which has been the airport’s sole FBO for several decades (though before 1992 it was a Butler Aviation facility; Butler and Page Avjet merged in 1992 to form Signature).
With Orlando rapidly becoming the NBAA Annual Meeting and Convention’s unofficial home, the area is banking on the event–currently ranked as the nation’s fifth largest tradeshow–to provide a boost to the local economy.
SheltAir Aviation Services opened its 12th FBO, at Georgia’s Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport, in late March, offering new competition for the formerly sole Signature Flight Support FBO in Savannah. SheltAir’s new FBO is located in a temporary facility in a 1,400-sq-ft office space attached to a 13,000-sq-ft hangar north of the Gulfstream maintenance facility.
SheltAir Aviation Services has opened a new FBO–the 12th in its network–at Georgia’s Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport. The new FBO is located in a temporary facility in a 1,400-sq-ft office space attached to a 13,000-sq-ft hangar north of the Gulfstream maintenance facility. Construction began last year on SheltAir’s new 7,000-sq-ft FBO terminal, which should be completed early in the second quarter.
SheltAir Aviation plans to finish its new FBO at Savannah Hilton Head International Airport around the end of the year and open for service early next year. The Savannah FBO will include a 7,000-sq-ft terminal and one hangar, and SheltAir is investing $7 million in the Savannah facility, which will finally make the airport a two-FBO field.
Pilots who are wondering when a second FBO will open at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport finally have an answer. In late 2006, Liberty Ventures announced plans to build a second FBO, which will compete with the Signature Flight Support FBO, but the planned mid-2007 opening never happened.
SheltAir Aviation Services has reached the 20-year mark and now consists of 11 FBOs–five in New York and six in Florida. SheltAir’s FBO business is part of Holland SheltAir Aviation Group, an enterprise that includes construction company Holland Builders and SheltAir Aviation Facilities, which owns and develops airport hangars and office space. The FBO network began in 1988 with facilities at Daytona Beach and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Northern Virginia businessman and helicopter pilot Scott Kasprowicz, along with copilot Steve Sheik, broke the New York to Los Angeles transcontinental rotorcraft speed record on February 16.
Banyan Air Service began as a small company serving the needs of small operators that had no dedicated maintenance department. As the Florida company has grown, president and head coach Don Campion has strived to maintain that small-company feel. “One of my driving forces in building this business is to be good at what we do as opposed to being a bigger company with a lot of branches or a chain,” he told AIN.