Signature Flight Support has agreed to buy a controlling stake in Greek FBO group Athens Aviation Services (see page 125) for $1.8 million (£1 million). Signature parent BBA Aviation announced the deal, which is subject to regulatory approval, on September 2.
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.
French corporation Zodiac has purchased Scott Aviation from Tyco International, and renamed the Lancaster, Pa.-based oxygen system components supplier Avox Systems. The sale was followed by a contract from Cessna to supply Avox oxygen mask deployment containers for the new Citation Mustang very light jet.
Washington, D.C.-based private-equity firm The Carlyle Group last month completed the acquisition of Garrett Aviation Services from General Electric. Frank Klaus has been named president and chief executive officer of the newly created joint company of Carlyle subsidiaries Garrett Aviation Services, Piedmont Hawthorne Aviation and Associated Air Center.
Bahama Bay Resort had no sooner announced the opening of its heliport for public use when it had to close because of damage from Hurricane Frances. Located in West End, Grand Bahama, on the north jetty of the marina at Old Bahama Bay, the helipad’s normal operating hours will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. U.S. customs and immigration clearance fees are about $100.
Air Canada has converted to firm status a former tentative commitment for 15 new Bombardier CRJ700 Series 705s and 15 CRJ200s. The airline plans to start taking deliveries of CRJ200s this year, followed by the CRJ705s next year, the exact dates depending on the timing of its emergence from bankruptcy. The airline also holds a conditional order for 15 CRJ200s and options on another 45 airplanes.
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.
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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