Signature Flight Support expanded its operations at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y., with the $38.5 million acquisition of privately owned Jet Systems, one of five FBOs on the field. The FBO, formerly Avitat Westchester, has operated at the airport for 20 years. The move gives Signature locations on both sides of the field and significantly increases its hangar and ramp space at the airport. The transaction, subject to approval, is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter.
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World Fuel Services (WFS) recently opened an office here in São Paulo, with Paulistano Celso Azuma appointed as business aviation sales executive for the region. The Florida-based company’s new Brazil office provides local “boots on the ground” expertise to enable the fuel-logistics group to effectively serve the needs of FBOs and flight departments in the region.
Next year’s soccer World Cup in Brazil will result in around 3,000 business aircraft flying into and within Brazil, according to trip-support group United Aviation Services. The company says private aircraft could carry as many as 11 percent of all fans traveling to games for the tournament, in part due to somewhat limited commercial airline service.
International trip support group United Aviation Services (UAS) is significantly boosting its ability to serve clients in the Americas with the opening next month of a new headquarters for the region in Houston, Texas. Like its world headquarters in Dubai, the new UAS facility will operate 24/7 and it is set to have more than 50 staff by the end of this year.
Enquanto o tráfego da aviação executiva no Brasil continua a crescer, a infra-estrutura necessária evolui lentamente, com a vantagem de o país sediar dois dos maiores eventos esportivos do mundo: a Copa do Mundo de 2014 e as Olimpíadas de 2016. Mas para aqueles acostumados ao modelo norte-americano de operadores de base fixa (FBO, na sigla em inglês), há ainda algumas diferenças em muitos dos aeroportos do Brasil.
While business aviation traffic in Brazil continues to grow, the infrastructure needed to serve that traffic is slowly evolving as well, in advance of the country’s hosting two of the world’s top sporting events: the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. But for those used to the North American model of an FBO, there are still some differences at many of Brazil’s airports.
While the name on the side of the refueling truck might say Air BP, BR Aviation or Shell, what’s inside it at any airport in Brazil all comes from the same source. All discussions of aviation fuel in the country must start with Petróleo Brasileiro (Petrobras), the national oil refiner of Brazil and the official supplier of Jet-A and avgas. Petrobras produces approximately 70 percent of the Jet-A used in the country and imports the remainder in its effort to supply the three major distributors.
Sonoma Jet Center at Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa, Calif., has joined Signature Flight Support’s affiliate FBO program, Signature Select. As such, Sonoma Jet Center will offer the benefits of the Signature Flight Support network, including Signature Status and Signature TailWins customer rewards programs. Sonoma Jet Center boasts an “elegant” passenger terminal and a newly constructed 22,000-sq-ft hangar built to house G650-size aircraft, as well as a smaller 12,000-sq-ft hangar.
B. Coleman Aviation is building an FBO at Chicago-Gary International Airport, the company announced today. The facility will feature more than 25,000 sq ft of general aviation terminal and hangar area, in addition to a 12,500-sq-ft airside canopy large enough for Gulfstream and Bombardier ultra-long-range jets. Completion of the FBO complex is slated for the second quarter next year, though B. Coleman Aviation is now providing fuel sales and FBO services from a temporary facility at the field.
Boston Executive Helicopters has broken ground on an FBO at Norwood (Mass.) Memorial Airport. The intended 15,000-sq-ft-hangar/terminal complex was originally scheduled to open this summer, but the company now expects services can begin by year-end. Construction was set back by delays in approvals for the company’s fuel farm installation plan, as well as other issues. Late last month, airport authorities issued a final approval for the continuation of hangar construction and installation of the fuel farm after Boston Executive Helicopters agreed to submit more documents.