Gama Aviation held a ceremonial opening yesterday for its FBO at Sharjah International Airport in the United Arab Emirates, about 15 miles northeast of Dubai’s downtown. The new facility’s lounge has been operational since June 15, and feedback from users of the private terminal has been “incredible,” according to Gama Aviation MENA general manager Richard Lineveldt.
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.
Swiss FBO Air Service Basel reported it handled a record number of aircraft during last week’s Art Basel exhibition, which attracted 92,000 people over six days. The provider, located at EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse, saw approximately 300 private and business aircraft movements and welcomed nearly 700 passengers to the fair, which attracts art collectors from around the world.
California’s Van Nuys Airport broke ground this week on a new $21 million, 30-acre propeller aircraft park, which will consolidate all of the airport’s piston aircraft activity. Once completed in 2018, the facility will include a separate terminal, maintenance services, flight schools, self-service fueling, aircraft wash rack and a restaurant. The first phase involves relocation of more than 70 existing hangars and the construction of 24 more.
Santa Monica Airport proponents launched two efforts yesterday that accuse city council and airport commission members of financial conflicts of interest in the city’s efforts to close Santa Monica Airport (SMO). Santa Monica Airport Association (SMAA) sent a letter to city attorney Marsha Moutrie alleging that council members Tony Vazquez and Ted Winterer, who both own homes in Santa Monica, have a financial conflict of interest with regards to votes they have made and will make as members of the city council.
A modernization program costing at least $100 million is set to kick off at McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville, Tenn. Officials promise no disruption to flights during the estimated six-year-long project, which will see complete rehabilitation of both runways, as well as modifications to the configuration of taxiways. The improvements will affect about 90 percent of the airport’s 90 acres of pavement. An LED taxiway edge lighting system will also be installed, along with a new ILS system.
Sustained investment in airport infrastructure and a continuing view of all airports as part of a national aviation-transportation network are paramount to maintaining America’s world-leading aviation system, NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen told U.S. lawmakers yesterday at a House aviation subcommittee hearing on airport financing and development.
Hong Kong-based EVO Jet Services, which supplies jet fuel and aviation support services worldwide to business jet operators, recently established a U.S. subsidiary, EVO Fuels, with an office in Houston. This location will better serve its executive aviation clients within the North American market, the company said. “EVO Fuels offers competitively priced jet fuel at more than 500 FBOs across the U.S., Canada and Mexico,” said EVO Fuels director of marketing Brenda Norwood. “Our U.S.
Jet Aviation signed an agreement today with Luxaviation Group, a major European business aviation operator, to provide exclusive handling services through its network of FBOs in Europe, Middle East and Asia (EMEA). Under the FBO service agreement, Jet Aviation will provide dedicated handling services to Luxaviation’s managed fleet of almost 100 aircraft at its FBOs in Switzerland, Germany, Russia, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong and Singapore.
The San Diego Superior Court in California recently ruled that three airplane hangars purchased and occupied on leased space at San Diego Brown Field are “removable trade fixtures.” As such, the court found that the hangars are the sole property of the tenant, Finch Aerospace, which operates the California Flight Museum. Finch subleased the space for the hangars from FBO Lancair, which argued that its master lease with the city gave it control over its tenants’ hangars. Therefore, it prevented Finch from selling or moving the hangars, a situation that led to the lawsuit.
F&E Aerospace selected Jetex as the host FBO for the aviation events it organizes in the UAE at Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai World Central, namely MEBA and the Dubai Airshow. At these events, Jetex will provide aircraft pushback and towing to all show aircraft. The FBO will also provide a VIP lounge for passengers and crew, with services such as customs and immigration, visa arrangements, aircraft parking and coordination of aircraft display areas. MEBA 2014 will be held in December, followed late next year by the Dubai Airshow.