Connecticut-based Volo Aviation has been chosen to manage the FBO at Tampa Executive Airport (VDF) in Florida and brand it as the latest facility in the growing chain. Formerly Leading Edge Aviation Services, the FBO services at the location (Leading Edge still operates an aircraft dealership and maintenance shop at the site) were purchased by Skyport Holdings, an investment company affiliated with Volo. “We see a strong local demand for services in the Tampa area,” said Brian Ciambra, Skyport president and CEO and Volo senior vice president for FBO operations. “VDF was losing business to surrounding airports in the area because of its uncompetitive pricing. Volo Aviation will quickly introduce aggressive pricing schedules at Tampa Executive that we hope will serve to re-engage our tenant base and attract traffic and business back to the airport.”
The Ascent fuel-supplied FBO occupies more than 30 acres at VDF and offers a 40,000-sq-ft hangar to accommodate aircraft up to the size of a Global Express. The 10,000–sq-ft terminal provides a spacious lobby, 15-seat a/v-equipped conference room, onsite rental cars and office space for tenants.
Volo now operates six FBOs, among them another Florida location at Sebring Regional Airport, where it is also the lone provider on the field.