In continuing its plan to refresh its FBO locations, Atlantic Aviation completed a $1.5 million total remodel of its Casper, Wyo. site last month. The lone services provider at Casper/Natrona County International Airport, Atlantic’s newly completed facility reflects the airport’s history and the Western heritage; as with the company’s other recent renovations, the remodel makes extensive use of natural materials on the interior. It includes a fireplace, Internet café, A/V-equipped conference room, coffee bar and Wi-Fi availability throughout the facility. The FBO is staffed from 6 a.m.
A federal judge has allowed buffalo herding by helicopter, in response to a lawsuit filed by an environmentalist group that had obtained a restraining order against such operations in Yellowstone National Park last year, alleging the practice adversely affects grizzly bears. Helicopters have been used for more than a decade to steer wandering bison back into Yellowstone each spring.
Avfuel dealer Choice Aviation’s new facilities are up and running at Yellowstone Regional Airport in Cody, Wyo., which is less than an hour from Yellowstone National Park. Choice Aviation was founded at the end of World War II by Glenn Nielson. His grandson Jay Nielson and his father, Jim, run the FBO. The new facilities include WSI weather, satellite television, a library, relaxation rooms and lounges and free courtesy cars.
Emblem Aviation purchased New Breed Aviation at Ralph Wenz Field Airport in Pinedale, Wyo., and plans to add a second FBO location in Arizona. The Pinedale facility offers travelers an alternative to busy Wyoming airports such as Jackson Hole. Although Wenz Field does not have a control tower, it offers a 7,100-foot runway and GPS approaches.
Gary Kaufman sits in his office at the Jackson Hole (Wyo.) Airport and thinks of ways to sell all this scenery. Just a few miles away from this vest-pocket-sized airport (elevation 6,455 ft) the massive granite buttresses of the Grand Tetons rise another mile and more into the sky.
Anti-noise Advocates Lose Grand Teton Appeal
Effective January 23, the FAA is codifying the provisions of Title VIII of the National Parks Air Tour Management Act of 2000. This new law finalizes the government’s definition of just what constitutes a commercial air-tour operator (chiefly, an entity that flies sightseers over the Grand Canyon or any other of the 384 parks of the National Park Service regularly at an altitude of less than 5,000 ft agl).
This is a story about an airport in the American West surrounded by towering mountains, an airport nestled amid staggering scenic beauty and smack in the middle of an exclusive playground for celebrities and the quietly rich. It is also an airport beset with land-use issues, zoning fights and noise squabbles.
It helps to have a clear mission in business, and Yellowstone Jetcenter, at Gallatin Field (BZN) in Bozeman, Mont., enjoys just such a focus. Jim Dolan, one of the financial driving forces behind the elite Yellowstone Club real-estate project, acquired the FBO in 2000 as a gateway to the region. His plan for promoting the Yellowstone Club included easy access by business jet, and the FBO was an integral piece of the puzzle.
Magic happens during quiet late-June evenings on Firehole River in Yellowstone National Park. Ideally, the day has been sunny and warm, with little or no wind. That’s what the bugs like. And the trout like the bugs.