Santiago, Chile-based Aerocardal Limitada is the first service provider in Latin America to be accepted into the Air Elite Network. Aerocardal, an FBO with its own tank farm and fuel trucks, is now World Fuel Services’ preferred ground handler and fuel distributor for business aviation at Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport. Its newly renovated facility, which is open 24/7, has a 7,700-sq-ft terminal, one of the largest in Latin America.
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Atlantic Aviation has completed a $1.325 million renovation of its ramp at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport, one of the service provider’s top three busiest bases. The 16-acre project was intended to upgrade its McCarran ramp to recognized standards. It addressed leveling issues and repaired distressed areas with a covering of new asphalt. An existing drainage ditch was filled in to accommodate additional aircraft parking and a new drainage system was installed during the course of the project’s two phases, which took three weeks in total to complete.
Authorities at the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority in Indiana have approved a contract to construct a new $4 million FBO facility at Fort Wayne International Airport. Set for completion late next year, the new 12,000-sq-ft facility will eventually supplant the current Atlantic Aviation facility, destined for removal when the service provider’s lease expires in January 2016 to make room for expansion of the airline terminal. The airport has yet to determine whether it will operate the new facility itself or bring in an established service provider to manage it under contract.
Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport still lays claim to being not only the busiest business aviation hub in Russia, but one of the busiest in Europe. According to the airport administration’s statistics made public as it was hosting the Jet Expo show, the airport’s Vnukovo-3 business aviation terminal served 19,437 business jet flights (with 133,000 travelers aboard them) last year.
South Florida’s Gulf Coast has long been known as a destination for snowbirds, those Northerners who flee winter’s wrath for the balmy climate of places like Fort Myers. At the city’s Page Field, the airport-owned FBO, known officially as Base Operations at Page Field, is the lone services provider. Built and operated by the Lee County Port Authority, the FBO sees seasonal swings in traffic, with the tempo picking up before Thanksgiving and lasting through Easter.
For many corporate aircraft heading west from Europe, their first glimpse of the U.S. isn’t the spires of New York City but the shores of Maine. Bangor Aviation Services, the municipally owned and operated FBO at Bangor International Airport, the closest U.S. airport to Europe, sees more than 400 private flights each month by business jets crossing the Atlantic. While Maine is lacking in neither scenic beauty nor New England charm, that isn’t what draws the flocks of private travelers. “We’re a tech stop,” said Kevin Tipler, the airport’s ramp service manager.
Boston Executive Helicopters’ long-planned FBO at Norwood (Mass.) Airport is stalled again amid allegations of ethical and criminal misconduct by members of the airfield’s administrative body, the Norwood Airport Commission. The company claims this infighting is intensifying a campaign being waged by certain members to thwart the planned FBO. City and state ethics and rulemaking officials are reviewing requests by the company to investigate the purported improprieties. Members were unavailable for comment, but documents obtained by AIN corroborate some of the allegations.
Signature Flight Support signed an agreement with InterDel Aviation Services of Vancouver to become a licensed Signature Flight Support location, the companies announced today at the Canadian Business Aviation Association Convention. Signature Vancouver, located at Vancouver International Airport, is the third Canadian facility for the FBO chain. This follows an agreement signed in October between Signature and Imperial Oil of Canada that offers the former Avitat network members the opportunity to become Signature Select or licensed Signature Flight Support locations.
It’s not every airport that lists wandering herds of caribou as one of its operational hazards, but then again, not every airport is located 600 miles north of the Arctic Circle like the evocatively named Deadhorse Airport in Prudhoe Bay, on Alaska’s Northern shore. In operation since 1970 to provide service to the largest oil field in North America, the airport–believed to have been named for an old trucking company rather than an equine carcass–has for the last two decades had its aviation fuel service provided by Colville Inc.