SEC documents filed yesterday reveal that Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) will pay $1.8 billion–$300 million more than originally estimated–for the Carlyle Group’s Landmark Aviation of Phoenix and Standard Aero of Winnipeg, Canada. More than half of the total, $1.034 billion, is for Standard Aero. The filing confirms DAE’s commitment to selling off the Landmark network of FBOs soon after the deal is completed.
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New developments at FBOs including regulations and noise issues; legal disputes; openings, acquisitions and mergers.
Business flying is definitely up, and so are fuel prices. But, at least so far, aircraft operators aren’t protesting at the pump too bitterly about what they’re paying for jet-A.
The National Air Transportation Association expressed relief with the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to propose a 12-month delay–until August 17 next year–for FBOs to submit amended oil-spill-prevention plans, and Feb. 18, 2006, for FBOs to implement the plans. Comments on the proposal, due by July 7, are expected to be overwhelmingly in favor of the delay. Initial compliance is scheduled for next month.
The Trajen FBO network added its 15th location last month with the purchase of the Million Air facility at Wiley Post Airport, Oklahoma City. In the coming months, Trajen said upgrades will include new ground service equipment, gourmet coffee from Peet’s, Trajen Connect Internet services and other changes to “integrate the new location into its branded network.”
JetEquity, a charter/management company based at Westchester County Airport (HPN) in White Plains, N.Y., has launched into the line-service business with the acquisition last month of HPN’s first FBO–Skyport. “We plan to renovate the existing hangar and office complexes,” said JetEquity v-p Brian Ciambra. According to JetEquity v-p of sales and marketing Millie Becker, the company intends to acquire more FBOs.
Jet Center La Guardia will take over the FBO leasehold at New York La Guardia Airport (LGA) on August 1. Signature, the incumbent at LGA, chose not to re-bid for the contract following a controversial exchange last year with the airport’s operator, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Greenwood Aviation wants to earn aircraft operators’ business, one customer
at a time. Chuck Greenwood, owner of the Ponca City, Okla., operation, spends $30,000 per year on marketing, but emphasizes that it’s the little things that bring people back. For example, he said, “In talking with more than 400 pilots over two years; we identified the number-one image maker of FBOs. It’s the restrooms.
Horizon announced last month that Total-FBO version 4, built on the Microsoft SQL Server 2000 database engine, has received Microsoft’s “Verified for Windows Server 2003” certification. Version 4 of the popular FBO business software changes the database engine, but also involves a rewrite to optimize SQL’s performance capabilities. According to the company, reports that used to take minutes now run in seconds.
Piedmont Hawthorne has installed wireless Internet access at all of its FBOs. Bill Thrift, senior v-p of FBOs for Piedmont Hawthorne, said, “In today’s information-driven society, going wireless was the one comprehensive solution available to general aviation and Piedmont Hawthorne.”
Tampa International Airport (TPA) will have a new FBO by midsummer. Air BP announced last month it would provide fuel and related services to the new business, owned by Mike Azzarelli. AIN has learned that FBO industry veteran Phil Botana will manage the operation. Most recently president of Flightcraft of Portland, Ore., Botana has made the move to Florida and will start work with the new operation this month.