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.

September 26, 2007 - 9:39am

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.

September 26, 2007 - 9:38am

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.

September 26, 2007 - 9:08am

Rectrix Aerodrome Centers is attempting something that has bedeviled many an FBO over the years, trying to force an airport’s municipal owners to allow FBOs to pump jet fuel. Rectrix built a new FBO at Barnstable Municipal Airport-Boardman/Polando Field in Hyannis, Mass., in 2005 and has been fighting with the town of Hyannis and the airport commission that runs the airport ever since.

September 26, 2007 - 6:38am

The NTSB has released initial factual information about the Flight Options Beechjet 400A that suffered a dual engine flameout on Nov. 28, 2005. The investigation is ongoing and the Safety Board has not yet determined a probable cause of the accident.

September 26, 2007 - 6:33am

The fate of Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport is in the hands of local voters, who on October 17 can cast ballots in favor of keeping the historic downtown gateway open. No fewer than 170,000 pro-Tempelhof votes will be needed to force a full public referendum on the issue next year, with the outcome to be determined by majority (provided at least 25 percent of registered voters cast a ballot).

September 20, 2007 - 9:50am

Visit the Air BP booth (No. 2552) to see the custom hunter-green 2007 Mini Cooper convertible that the company will give away at 3 p.m. tomorrow. Eligible participants can fill out and submit entry forms (one per entrant) at the Air BP booth up until 2 p.m. tomorrow. The winner must be present to win and step forward within two minutes of the  drawing.

September 20, 2007 - 6:48am

Three visitors here at the Georgia World Congress Center are wondering whether they’ll be the lucky one to leave with the classic 1959 Chris-Craft Capri Runabout power boat that TAC Air is set to award on tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Booth No. 805.

February 1, 2007 - 7:57am

Busy isn’t an adequate description of life at Teterboro and Van Nuys Airports on a Friday evening the week before Thanksgiving or Christmas. Airplanes idling on the ramp, backed up on the taxiways, as pilots and passengers chafe at the delay.

February 1, 2007 - 6:57am

AOPA supports proposed changes to streamline the process of awarding airport improvement program grant assurances, but also told the FAA that it must “maintain its authority to enforce grant obligations in order to protect the nation’s general aviation airports.” The pilot association made clear that it “would oppose any changes that would divert general aviation airport funds to uses other than maintenance and infrastructure improvement.” The

January 25, 2007 - 4:11am

A small company that began life by providing collision-avoidance hardware to the U.S. Navy has grown into a larger provider of data tools for airports, airlines, charter operators and FBOs. Megadata sells its data products under the Passur name, a contraction of the term “passive secondary surveillance radar.”

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