Daytona Beach International Airport, Fla. FBO Lynch Corporate Services plans to build a business aviation “gated community” called World Jet Village, first at Daytona Beach and then at other locations. The project at Daytona is expected to include 94 medium to large hangars, 180 residences located within three high-rise towers and a conference center. The company said Tulsa, Okla.-based Navigance Technologies will provide the security.
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.
The June 23 event was called “Celebrate General Aviation,” but with general aviation access to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) still in limbo at the time of the celebration, some thought it might have been a tad premature. That goal inched closer to reality almost a month later with the publication of the interim final rule that would reopen DCA to some GA operations.
On July 8 Keystone Helicopter broke ground on a 173,000-sq-ft “Heliplex” at its Coatesville Airport, Pa. headquarters. According to the company, the new complex will be the “largest independent maintenance, repair, modification and technology development center dedicated exclusively to rotorcraft” in the U.S.
Business aircraft handling group Feras plans to open seven new bases in Germany over the next 12 months. The company has bases at all three Berlin airports, as well as at Frankfurt and Munich. It is now seeking to obtain handling licenses at Hamburg, Bremen, Hanover, Dresden, Leipzig, Nuremburg and Stuttgart.
The UK’s Lydd Airport is trying to attract business aircraft with a new executive facility operated by FAL Aviation. The airport, 60 miles southeast of London, has also added an ILS, resurfaced its 4,937-foot runway and installed new runway lights. Standard opening hours at Lydd, which is rebranding itself as London Ashford Airport, are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., but movements are permitted outside these times by prior permission.
Raytheon Aircraft is trying to obtain approval for the Hawker 400XP to use London City Airport. The aircraft has already made a test flight into the downtown London airport in a bid to convince the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) that it can handle the 5.5-degree steep approach and 4,300-foot runway.
Aircraft towing technology has advanced markedly in the past decade, with towbarless tugs improving efficiency and lessening wear and tear on nosewheels. Now Boeing and Chorus Motors have partnered to demonstrate an exploratory technology that could lead to an even more efficient way of moving airplanes when they are on the ground.
Mercury Air Center LGB, a division of Mercury Air Group, has moved its operations into a newly built facility at Long Beach’s Daugherty Field. Flight crews and passengers will find a full-service day spa, gourmet deli and four-star Italian restaurant overlooking the runways. The FBO also has a passenger lobby topped with vaulted stainless-steel ceiling, full-height windows and privacy booths for telephone/laptop use.
And what’s it like when close to 10,000 airplanes descend on your airport? Toby Kamark and Jeff Wanke, co-owners of Orion Flight Services (CEO and president, respectively) have a unique perspective on the world’s largest aviation event.
The so-called “stealth” amendment passed Congress last month, granting the City of Rialto, Calif., special dispensation to sell its municipally owned airport. That amendment was attached during conference negotiations over the massive highway funding bill.