Rectrix Commercial Aviation Services has acquired APP Jet Center’s FBO facility at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SQR), Fla., for an undisclosed cash amount. The move consolidates the Massachusetts-based company’s holdings on the field while reducing the number of service providers there to two. The Rectrix Aerodrome Center now encompasses 24 acres with more than 180,000 sq ft of hangars and passenger service areas. The addition allows the FBO to service up to four aircraft at a time, with space to accommodate another 60 aircraft.
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Aviation services provider FlightLevel Aviation has signed a five-year lease to run the lone FBO at Cape May County Airport in Wildwood, N.J. The Delaware River and Bay Authority, which owns and manages the airport, ran the FBO on a limited basis for nearly a year after the departure of Big Sky Aviation in 2011. “A quality FBO is critical to an airport because it’s the first thing residents and visitors see when they arrive,” said airport director Steve Williams.
With its acquisition of Jet Aviation’s London Biggin Hill maintenance facility early this year, the 328 Group, which supports the worldwide fleet of Dornier 328 turboprops and jets among others, also acquired the former Jet Aviation FBO, which it is operating under its newly established Jets brand.
As part of a growing suite of noise- and pollution-control measures, France’s Nice Cote D’ Azur Airport will invest in the installation of a new underground power system that will reduce business jets’ dependency on auxiliary power units on the ramp. The system, the first of its kind in Europe, provides hatches under each aircraft engine start-up stand for access to a centralized power and heating/cooling system, greatly reducing the number of APU operation hours, as well as reducing exhaust emissions. The $2.7 million project is expected to begin this summer.
Following our June 28 report about a change of ownership at the Diamond Hangar FBO at London Stansted Airport, Mike Foley contacted AIN to explain that he had not, in fact, been managing director of the facility’s former owner, Eighteen Aviation, as the company had previously described him in official statements. Foley said that he had served as a “consultant director” in setting up the FBO before resigning this position last December.
If you have flown into Spokane International Airport (GEG) in Washington State, it’s hard not to notice “the Cube,” a strikingly modern glass-clad structure that houses XN Air, currently the only FBO on the field. Built in 2007, the 6,300-sq-ft building is part of the complex purchased by Ross Aviation early in 2011, which also included former FBO rival Spokane Airways. Ross merged the two–then competitors–into one operation under the XN Air brand.
The Diamond Hangar FBO at London Stansted Airport is set to reopen under new ownership after the previous operator ceased trading at the facility some time around late April or early May. Diamond Hangar, a subsidiary of UK real estate group Greatex, confirmed that it has taken over the lease on the building but has yet to elaborate on what services it will provide at what is now Stansted’s fifth FBO.
Signature Flight Support announced today that it will purchase a majority share of Starlink Aviation’s FBO at Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport. The acquisition is subject to “customary closing conditions” and expected to be completed during the third quarter, Signature said. Under the agreement, Starlink Aviation will retain full ownership and continue to operate the real estate and aircraft management, aircraft maintenance, corporate shuttle and aircraft charter services. For the past two years, Starlink Aviation has been a Signature network location.
The Banyan Pilot Shop announced a “June is Father’s Day All Month Long” promotion that includes an online aviation-oriented Father’s Day gift guide and a chance to win a $250 Banyan Pilot Shop gift card. The gift guide includes the shop’s most popular items, such as flight bags, watches, iPad kneeboards and aviation apparel. Visitors can enter the drawing for the gift card in person at the shop, which is adjacent to Banyan’s FBO at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, or online. The drawing will be held on July 1.
The Paragon Network, a group of independent FBOs, has added Detroit to its growing web of national coverage. Metro Flight Services at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport is the 24th FBO to join the group since its inception in early 2011. One of two FBOs on the field, Metro Flight is preparing to open a new 100,000 sq ft facility at the airport later this summer. The former site of a private flight department, it includes 45,000 sq ft of heated hangar space, 20,000 sq ft of climate controlled parking, and a 35,000 sq ft terminal, offices and shop space.