Business Jet Center recently completed a $5 million expansion project at its Dallas Love Field (DAL) facility. The facelift includes a new hangar and adjoining office space, collectively called Hangar B. The new building increases the fixed base operator’s total square footage of hangar and office space by nearly 25 percent–to approximately 220,000 sq ft from 178,000 sq ft.
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Million Air Van Nuys (VNY), Calif., still awaiting final approval to begin construction on its permanent facility upgrade, has completed a $750,000 interim renovation project. Harold Lee, president of Million Air Van Nuys and its sister operation Million Air Burbank, said, “While we wait to start construction of our new hangar and office project, we decided it was time to upgrade our existing FBO for our customers.
The 12,300-foot Runway 17/35 at the Salina Municipal Airport (SLN), Kan., reopened at the end of July following a three-month rehabilitation period. The $2.7 million project, funded by an Airport Improvement Program grant, included resurfacing the runway and taxiways and adding high-intensity runway lights and a backup power generator for airfield lighting.
An ongoing racketeering and corruption investigation by the Florida state attorney’s office has produced indictments of 19 suspects and seven companies for alleged theft of jet fuel and contract manipulations at Miami International Airport (MIA) dating back to 1999. Estimates of how much fuel was stolen or other money misappropriated add up to as much as $5.3 million.
The Illinois DOT selected Palwaukee Municipal as the state’s general aviation reliever airport of the year. Palwaukee was chosen for its work in community support, airport maintenance and “overall promotion of general aviation.” Airport manager Dennis Rouleau credited the two-year-old PACE (Palwaukee Airport Community Engagement Council) outreach program for helping to shift the community’s attitude toward the airport.
Independence Air’s designs on developing a Midwestern outpost for new discount-fare flights could suffer a serious blow if regulators follow through with proposed new slot restrictions at Chicago O’Hare Airport.
Swissport Executive Aviation (SEA) is preparing for a November start up of business aircraft handling operations at Spain’s Malaga Airport from the general aviation terminal. It will compete with existing handling groups General Aviation Services, United Airport Services, Servisair, Sart and Iberia, although the latter three companies are largely focused on airline handling.
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), which has been closed to general aviation traffic since 9/11, will be the subject of a hearing by the House aviation subcommittee, probably sometime later this month.
The FAA is reviewing an FAR Part 150 noise-compatibility proposal for Little Rock National Airport, Ark., and expects to approve or disapprove the plan no later than July 21. The agency has already approved noise-exposure maps required under Part 150. A public comment period ends March 23. For more information, contact the FAA’s Tim Tandy at (817) 222-5635.
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport has shelved long-standing plans to build a new business aviation terminal on the east side of the Dutch gateway. According to an airport spokeswoman, the development has been postponed due to financial constraints but is expected to be resumed before the end of this year.