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.
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Last month, three separate major FBO deals were announced involving four heavy-traffic business-aviation locations. Atlantic Aviation will acquire two new leaseholds in California–the former Newport Jet Center at John Wayne Airport-Orange County (SNA) and the former Million Air at Palm Springs (PSP).
SheltAir Aviation Services last month announced it will acquire the former Jet Executive Center FBO at Florida’s St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport (PIE), pending airport approval. A complete renovation of the FBO executive terminal, including a new business center and extensive renovations to the lobby and office complex, are planned, said SheltAir.
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.
Light aircraft fractional provider OurPlane last month took delivery of the first Eclipse 500 that will be operated under Part 91K fractional aircraft ownership rules. The very light jet (VLJ), Eclipse 500 S/N 066, is based at SheltAir at Jacksonville International Airport for a corporate customer. According to OurPlane, the event marks the launch of the company’s nationwide fractional VLJ aircraft service.
SheltAir completed interior renovations at its St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Fla. FBO and is planning to build 60,000 sq ft of new hangars at the airport. While SheltAir also renovated its Farmingdale, N.Y. FBO terminal, it is planning to build new terminal and hangar facilities there to serve the Northeast market. Also on Long Island, SheltAir upgraded the interior and exterior of its Westhampton Beach, N.Y.
For those flying to the NBAA Convention in Orlando this month, there’s new ownership at one of the FBOs at Orlando Executive Airport (ORL), which hosts the NBAA static display. Sheltair Orlando Executive and Fort Lauderdale Jet Center acquired the general aviation operations and real-estate rights of Executive Air Center at ORL. The acquisition includes more than 200,000 square feet of hangar storage space on the airport.
Apparently most business aircraft operators had the wherewithal and the good sense to clear out of the way in the face of the Southeastern hurricane hat trick in August
Jetscape Services said it plans to expand its FBOs at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport in Florida as the first step in a new partnership with a Miami-based private-investment firm.
SheltAir Aviation Services has christened an FBO at Plattsburgh International Airport (PBG) in Upstate New York. The announcement marks the Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based company’s fifth operation in the state. According to SheltAir’s CEO, Ed Zwirn, Plattsburgh’s location just one hour south of Montreal makes it a good hub for U.S.-bound Canadian flights. SheltAir has also announced renovations to three other FBOs.