Four former military airports that have been converted to civilian airports have been granted funds under the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP). The airports are Portsmouth (N.H.) International; Sawyer International in Marquette, Mich.; Plattsburgh (N.Y.) International; and Killeen-Fort Hood Regional in Killeen, Texas.
Airports, Heliports and FBOs
New developments at airports and heliports, including regulations and noise issues; legal disputes; openings, acquisitions and mergers of FBOs; AIN’s Annual FBO Survey Reports; and news, issues and concerns regarding fuel cards, fuel prices and alternative fuels.
GFK Flight Support broke ground on new FBO facilities at Grand Forks Airport in North Dakota last month. The $4.5 million terminal includes a two-story building with sky-lit walls, hotel-class lobby and additional hangar space, bringing the total to 130,000 sq ft. The building includes four classrooms, pilot pro shop, weather room, 25-person conference room, in-house theater and indoor parking spaces for aircraft owners’ vehicles.
Pilots flying to Berlin Schönefeld Airport in Germany can now enjoy U.S.-style FBO services at ExecuJet Europe’s Berlin FBO. ExecuJet recently began providing fuel on the general aviation ramp using its own leased fuel trucks and employees, thanks to a partnership with Shell.
As part of its strategy to increase its FBO holdings, fractional-share operator Avantair has set its sights on buying or building a second FBO, this one at Essex County Airport in Caldwell, N.J. Avantair opened a new FBO at Camarillo Airport in southern California in August and provides FBO services at its company headquarters at St. Petersburg-Clearwater Airport in Florida.
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Two San Francisco-area airports are growing, with new FBOs and hangars under construction. At Buchanan Field in Concord, an FBO called Concord Jet Center is building a facility on 5.5 acres on the west side of the airport. Another company, Seecon, has begun construction of an office/hangar complex, also on the west side.
The FAA has published two revised Advisory Circulars for airports. AC 150/5200-30B is designed to help airports develop snow- and ice-control plans, conduct and report on runway-friction surveys and establish snow-removal and -control procedures. For airports with wildlife problems, AC 150/5200-33B can help identify areas of airport land that animals find hospitable and suggest ways of keeping wildlife away from the airport.
Aero Toy Store has begun construction on a 45,000-sq-ft expansion of its facility at Montreal’s Pierre-Elliot Trudeau International Airport. The $7.6 million addition includes a 31,000-sq-ft hangar and 14,000-sq-ft completion center. It is scheduled to be finished in December.
For travelers flying to Switzerland early next year for the World Economic Forum (WEF) meetings in Davos (January 23-27), St. Gallen-Altenrhein and Zurich FBO ExecuJet are cooperating to accommodate the expected influx of business jets. ExecuJet has the only private ramp and lounge on the airport, according to the company, and offers full FBO services. The drive from Zurich Airport to Davos is 100 miles.
Infinity Aviation Group has purchased assets of the former Keyson Airways and Keyson Enterprises FBO at Boire Field Airport in Nashua, N.H. Infinity, which provides charter/management and maintenance services at Nashua, is now a full-service FBO with an additional 40,000 sq ft of hangar and office space as well as several more maintenance and avionics technicians.