Judge Rules Dulles Jet Center Must Halt FBO Activities
Dulles Jet Center at Dulles International Airport has been forced to curtail services that made the company appear to be an FBO. According to a U.S. District judge’s opinion last month, Landow Aviation Limited Partnership, which spent $37 million to build Dulles Jet Center on 19 acres subleased from neighbor Signature Flight Support, was never permitted to service transient aircraft or otherwise act as an FBO. Signature testified that eight to 10 transient aircraft per day were using DJC in late 2008 and early 2009. Dulles Jet Center advertised itself as an FBO, according to the judicial opinion, and even attempted to persuade the airport’s management that Signature was providing inadequate fuel service in an effort to offer fuel service of its own. The judge found in favor of Signature Flight Support and “entered a permanent injunction forcing Landow to comply with the sublease and cease and desist from acting as [an FBO] at Dulles and servicing the transient aircraft market.” Ironically, Dulles Jet Center was the corporate hangar facility at IAD that suffered a collapsed roof due to a massive snowstorm on February 6.