Houston-based Million Air has added the first Florida FBO to its network with the recent purchase of Avion Jet Center at Orlando Sanford International Airport. The service provider is set to embark on a $3.5 million renovation of the facility, with work starting on the 10,000-sq-ft hangar at the beginning of the year. The location also features a 7,000-sq-ft terminal, which will soon provide all the usual Million Air amenities, including a theater room and soda bar.
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.
Atlantic Aviation negotiated a deal to purchase Hangar Ten Aviation Services, one of two turbine aircraft service providers at Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport (MKC) in Kansas City. The three-year-old facility stands on 10 acres and features a 26,000-sq-ft terminal with a crew lounge and fitness center among its amenities. The FBO also features a 29,000-sq-ft hangar and an in-house catering kitchen. “Hangar Ten realized that to provide even better service to our customers around the country, we needed to be a part of a something bigger,” said company chairman and CEO Jim Stowers.
BBA Aviation subsidiary Signature Flight Support’s new FBO at Newark International Airport (EWR) opened last month, after an 18-month construction project. The $11 million facility occupies approximately 11 acres at the airport. It features a 39,000-sq-ft hangar and an 11,200-sq-ft terminal serving as the prototype for Signature’s newly designed interior traffic flow pattern. Built to Leed Gold standard, the terminal provides three lounges, including a separate VIP area.
Signature Flight Support has signed a deal with Imperial Oil of Canada that could see the service provider chain add as many as 38 FBOs to its network. The agreement offers all Canadian Esso-branded FBOs the option to become members of the Signature network or to join the service provider’s Signature Select affiliate program. As part of the agreement, Imperial Oil will continue to be the fuel provider and the locations will continue to carry their Esso fuel branding, in addition to any possible Signature badges.
More than two years after Tac Air filed a Part 16 complaint with the FAA over the operation of an FBO built and owned by the airport operator at Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport/Lovell Field, the agency has finally issued its ruling, finding the airport authority did not violate its federal grant obligations. The situation became the centerpiece of the private ownership vs.
Pentagon 2000 Software is on hand here in Las Vegas (Booth No. C9426) to demonstrate its “enterprise resource planning” software for the aerospace industry. “At this year’s exhibits, we [are] fully staffed to meet with both existing customers and new prospects,” company president Gabriel Mofaz, told AIN. “We [are] showing the full set of Pentagon 2000SQL system capabilities, and we have some new e-commerce and mobile applications that will be attractive to attendees.”
Fort Worth, Texas-based FBO American Aero announced a charity partnership initiative here at the NBAA show that will allow its fuel customers who are eligible for discounts to opt to assign to the Navy Seal Foundation 10 cents (of each gallon price) of their allotted discount rate. The donation is made through American Aero, but in the customer’s name. The program, dubbed “Red, White and Blue,” is in place at American Aero’s Meacham International Airport location. It began at the opening of the NBAA show and continues indefinitely.
Indonesia’s civil aviation authority plans to reduce the number of airlines operating in the country from 53 to 28 following the failure of most of its carriers to satisfy a minimum fleet-size requirement by January. The requirement calls for all airlines, including charter and cargo operators, to operate no fewer than 10 airplanes each, five of which they must own.
The ruling, introduced in 2009, originally called for implementation on Jan. 12, 2012. The government extended the deadline by another year when smaller carriers appealed for more time.
As fuel price increases have encouraged airlines to fly larger aircraft on short-haul routes, Austria’s Salzburg Airport has found itself handling far fewer flights even as passenger traffic has shown a slight increase. Over the past two years, traveler numbers have increased by about 2.5 percent, while movements at the airport–named for Salzburg-born composer W. A. Mozart–have fallen by 15 percent.
Harrods Aviation (Booth 671) has entered into two engineering partnerships with Bombardier and Dassault Falcon Services at its Luton base in London, the company announced at EBACE.