Growing East Coast FBO chain SheltAir Aviation ervices opened a new FBO–the chain’s fifth N.Y. facility–at Plattsburgh International Airport in New York on August 1. Formerly an Air Force base, the Plattsburgh Airport has an 11,750-foot runway and 240 acres of concrete ramp space. It is also served by airlines.
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For the past month, business aircraft operators flying into New York La Guardia Airport (LGA) may have been surprised to see a fresh new name going on the fuel trucks and above the counter at the field’s sole FBO.
SheltAir’s goal to add Atlanta to its growing FBO network took a major step forward last month when company officials met with the city airport authority. The agenda included negotiating lease terms in SheltAir’s bid to take over the Mercury FBO at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. SheltAir COO Ed Zwirn called the city’s positive review of notification a strong indicator that the deal would eventually come to fruition.
The turn of the new year has seen several new facilities opening in time for the winter season.
• In Oakland, Calif., the Business Jet Center had its grand opening on December 1. The FBO terminal is the old airline passenger terminal on the historic airport, and the art deco motif used in the renovation reflects its history.
A small company that began life by providing collision-avoidance hardware to the U.S. Navy has grown into a larger provider of data tools for airports, airlines, charter operators and FBOs. Megadata sells its data products under the Passur name, a contraction of the term “passive secondary surveillance radar.”
Sometime in April, when the turquoise waters of the Florida Keys warm to a certain triggering temperature, thousands of prehistoric-looking fish called tarpon appear in schools on the shallow-water flats of Florida Bay. Soon after, they begin an annual circular migration on the Atlantic Ocean side from the middle Keys around Islamorada to Key West and back. Their backs are green.
Long Island Jet Center sold its Farmingdale, N.Y. FBO to Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based SheltAir Aviation Services and contracted with SheltAir to operate the company’s Islip, Long Island FBO under the SheltAir brand name. Under the agreement, which was scheduled to be finalized on December 1, SheltAir will also help manage Long Island Jet Center at Westhampton Beach, but that FBO won’t take on the SheltAir name.
A proposed new airport in Panama City, Fla., has cleared a final hurdle. In a record of decision signed on September 16, the FAA said the proposed new airport meets all applicable environmental and safety guidelines. The plan for the new airport calls for two runways–one 8,400 feet long and another 5,000 feet long–on 4,000 acres 20 miles northwest of Panama City donated by the St. Joe Company. St.
Sheltair Aviation Services (Booth No. 4600) has completed the renovation of its flagship facility at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. In addition to cosmetic improvements such as new interior furnishings and a redesigned customer-service station, the $1.2 million renovation enlarges the business center and flight-planning area. The Quick Turn café, also added as part of the enovation, is expected to open soon.
At Vancouver International Airport, Landmark Aviation added to its FBO inventory with the recent purchase of Executive Aircraft. The new FBO adds 80,000 sq ft of facilities to Landmark’s existing Vancouver FBO, which offers 110,000 sq ft of hangars, office and terminal space. Landmark is planning new ramp construction to join the two properties.