Universal Weather & Aviation (Booth No. 7030) is launching a new service to guarantee that fuel purchases in Europe are made at the correct rate of value added tax (VAT). The complimentary service, which started on May 1, should overcome the headaches commonly associated with calculating which VAT rate should apply based on an aircraft operator’s status.
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.
Already a well-known brand in the Caribbean for the past 12 years, Odyssey Aviation (Booth No. 268) plans to open three new FBOs in the Bahamas on November 1. An island-friendly atmosphere will soon be seen at Treasure Cay, Abaco; Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera; and Exuma International, Great Exuma. The FBOs will offer Texaco-branded fuel through Chevron Global Aviation.
In a survey of members who own or operate aircraft hangars, the National Air Transportation Association asked how new National Fire Protection Association 409 foam fire-suppression requirements would affect their businesses. According to NATA, “Forty-four percent of respondents claim that they have cancelled plans to build a hangar or have reduced hangar size because of the cost of compliance with NFPA 409.
Avcard, which claims to be the most widely used and accepted aviation credit card in the world, recently added the approximately 50 Shell Canada Aviation locations to its list of merchants who accept the card. Testing of the new acceptance procedures took place early last month and all Shell Canada Aviation locations are fully capable of Avcard electronic acceptance now.
With the number of wing-collision incidents growing, so has demand for a device to assist pilots in avoiding them. As a result, Securaplane Technologies is developing a wing collision avoidance system (WCAS) for bizjets.
The new owner of Pentastar Aviation is described as an “aviation enthusiast,” and his acquisition of the former DaimlerChrysler Aviation is his first venture into an aviation service company. Edsel Ford II was elected to the board of directors of Ford Motor Co. in 1988. His career at Ford spanned more than 25 years. He was named president and COO of Ford Motor Credit Co. in May 1991 and elected a company vice president in December 1993.
The French government has selected an area to build what it calls a third airport to serve Paris, but the area is in Chaulnes, a distant 85 mi north of the capital. The new airport, which is expected to be operational in 2015, will ostensibly be served by an already planned high-speed rail link to Paris, and two existing highways.
“When we look at building a hangar for a client we see someone who has made a significant investment. It doesn’t matter if it’s a Cessna 150 or a Gulfstream V,” noted Seth Kohn, president of New Castle, Pa.-based Fleming Steel. “People usually buy the most airplane they can afford, so it is always a major investment for everyone. Our first consideration is what we need to do to protect that investment.
Starting last month, operators clearing customs at so-called “user fee” airports began to see as much as a 10-percent increase in clearance charges. The increases are based on an increase in the flat fees charged to the airports by the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection. There are approximately 40 user-fee airports, so called because they don’t qualify as international or landing-rights facilities due to insufficient traffic volume.
Atlantic Aviation has signed letters of intent to acquire FBOs at two New Orleans airports–Lakefront (NEW) and Louis Armstrong International (MSY), formerly Moisant Field. Terms of the deal for the two FBOs, currently owned by General Aviation Corp., were not released, though the transaction is expected to close within 60 days, following due diligence and airport-authority approval.