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.
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Jackson Jet Center at Idaho’s Boise Gowen Field is the latest FBO to join World Fuel Services’ Air Elite network, bringing the total number of facilities in the group to 28 worldwide. The newly remodeled Jackson Jet Center (consisting of the former Boise Air Service and Boise Executive Terminal) features a 9,400-sq-ft terminal with flight planning center, exercise room, men’s and women’s showers, pilot lounge with sleep room, conference room and free Wi-Fi, along with 92,000 sq ft of hangar space.
Northstar Aviation, the lone service provider at Providence, Rhode Island’s Theodore Francis Green International Airport, has just completed its new 5,000-sq-ft terminal.
The year 1935 saw the debut of the timeless board game Monopoly, the retirement of baseball great Babe Ruth and the first flight of the iconic Douglas DC-3. The aviation industry also saw the start of what is today one of the oldest FBOs in the country: Lane Aviation in Columbus, Ohio. Aside from a few years during World War II when the Navy took control of Port Columbus International, forcing to FBO to relocate, the family-owned business has been at Port Columbus International Airport for its entire existence.
A legal battle is under way between the nation’s largest private aviation provider and two of the major FBO chains over whether NetJets’ aircraft charter and management arm, Executive Jet Management, can require the chains to provide fuel discounts to aircraft owners and operators whose aircraft are not part of the company’s fully managed fleet.
Rectrix Commercial Aviation Services acquired APP Jet Center’s FBO at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport earlier this week for an undisclosed cash amount. The move consolidates the Massachusetts-based company’s holdings at the Gulf Coast Florida airport while reducing the number of service providers there to two. Rectrix is in the midst of a growth spurt, having purchased fellow Massachusetts-based aviation services and maintenance provider AirFlyte in January.
The Jet Centre at London City Airport (LCY) is set to conclude a $500,000 renovation of its passenger facility next month. Aimed at streamlining the passenger experience, the improvements, such as a relocated entrance adjacent to the car park and a new layout to facilitate interaction between staff and customers, allow the facility now to offer a “60-second plane-to-car” arrival pledge. Other additions include a new crew facility, private guest meeting room and an updated customs and security screening facility.
Volo Aviation was awarded a three-year contract to manage the FBO at Plattsburgh (N.Y.) International Airport, the company announced today. The airport serves the Plattsburgh/Montreal/Lake Placid Region, including northern New York State, southern Quebec and Vermont.
Earlier this year Gestair (Booth 755) opened a new FBO facility in the former authorities pavilion at Madrid-Barajas airport, which is where all the Spanish capital’s business aviation traffic is now directed. Previously those flights had operated into Torrejón air base, but that operation has been closed down. Gestair, with 35 years experience providing business aviation services, won the initial five-year contract from AENA (Spanish airports and air navigation authority) to manage the Barajas executive terminal.
Inflight Executive Jet Centre at Stansted Airport in London has appointed Steve Grimes as its new managing director. Grimes is assigned the mission of expanding business for Inflight’s FBO and its maintenance shop.
“I am looking forward to growing the business in both areas,” said Grimes, “which could mean expanding with new locations for both operations and maintenance.” Inflight also said its growth strategy includes expanding into aircraft completions and interior refurbishment.