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.
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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.
Signature Flight Support began service at Hyeres Airport (TLN) in Toulon, France, on January 5, operating out of the main terminal until the new purpose-built, 4,000-sq-ft facility is completed. The new FBO complex is scheduled for completion in the second quarter of this year. Bruno Hardy will oversee operations at the FBO and will report to Louis DeMarque, general manager of Signature’s facility at Paris Le Bourget Airport.
Independent fuel supplier Avfuel announced last month that Bellingham Fuel Service at Bellingham International Airport (BLI), Wash., has joined its expanding roster of dealers.
Ronson Aviation has announced plans for a new hangar and office complex to complement its existing 52,200-sq-ft facility at the Trenton Mercer Airport (TTN), N.J. Louis Aronson II, president and CEO, said, “We are pleased that despite a challenging economy, Ronson Aviation continues to enjoy steady growth from corporations and private pilots who appreciate the convenience and efficiency offered by our Trenton, New Jersey location.”
Construction has begun on a $5.5 million upgrade at Atlantic Aviation’s facilities at Chicago Midway (MDW). The project includes new construction of a 20,000-sq-ft hangar, a 10,000-sq-ft combined office and shop building and a 7,000-sq-ft ground-support building. There will also be a 3,500-sq-ft addition made to an existing building for extra shop space.
“We’re one of the best-kept secrets in the Southampton area,” said New York Jet corporate services manager Lindsay Durand. Founded as Mid Island Air Service in 1946 by World War II veteran Louis Mancuso, New York Jet began servicing corporate aircraft in 1987 at Long Island MacArthur Airport (ISP) in Islip, N.Y. “Commitment to excellence is the backbone of New York Jet’s success,” said Durand.