Ross Aviation Acquires New FBO, Adds New Hangar

 - April 5, 2013, 2:00 AM

Ross Aviation has bolstered its West Coast holdings with the purchase of Tradition Aviation, one of the three service providers at Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport in Thermal, Calif. The Palm Springs-area airport has an 8,500-foot main runway and a 4,995-foot secondary runway.

The FBO, which says it specializes in quick turns, has 100,000 sq ft of hangar space and 360,000 sq ft of ramp parking. Its line service technician staff is NATA Safety 1st certified. The VIP terminal features a pilots’ lounge, flight-planning room, business center, Wi-Fi, airside limousine service and crew cars. As is customary with Ross locations, the FBO will retain its present management (in this case, Penny Nelson and Ann Goodwyn) as well as its name, while receiving network benefits and capital for possible expansion.

The Tradition purchase gives the company two service locations in California and brings the number of U.S. airports with Ross FBOs to 15, from the Bradley Pacific chain in Hawaii to Miami Executive Aviation in Opa Locka, Fla. That location announced it has just broken ground on a new $4.7 million, more than 45,000-sq-ft business aviation hangar and office complex capable of sheltering the latest class of ultra-long-range jets such as the Gulfstream G650 and Bombardier Global 7000. It is expected to be completed by year-end.