Million Air Van Nuys (VNY), Calif., still awaiting final approval to begin construction on its permanent facility upgrade, has completed a $750,000 interim renovation project. Harold Lee, president of Million Air Van Nuys and its sister operation Million Air Burbank, said, “While we wait to start construction of our new hangar and office project, we decided it was time to upgrade our existing FBO for our customers.
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During the Cold War in the 1950s, squadrons of North American F-86 Sabres and, later, F-100 Super Sabres stood guard over the West Coast secreted in hangars at what is now Camarillo Airport (CMA), Calif. Alex Fisher, v-p of operations for Sun Air Jets at the airport, said, “There’s a lot of history here. The pilots would sleep in their flight suits and had to be ready to take off in four minutes.
Allied Capital, a Washington, D.C.-based business development firm, last month finalized a complex, controversial $81 million deal (including closing costs) to acquire the Mercury Air Centers (FBO) division of Los Angeles-based Mercury Air Group.
To clarify the consolidation effort under way at Garrett/Piedmont Hawthorne/Associated, as reported in Tuesday’s AINalerts, a company spokesperson said that the Long Island, N.Y. and Columbus, Ohio facilities will be closed entirely within the next couple of months. The engine work performed at Long Island, as well as the engine work done at the company’s Springfield, Ill.
Dubai Aerospace Enterprise is in “active discussions” with Washington, D.C.-Carlyle Group to acquire Landmark Aviation, and in particular its MRO businesses. At press time a definitive agreement was pending, but no timetable was given.
A source close to Mercury Air Group’s top-level management team has told AIN that the sale of the company’s FBO division, Mercury Air Centers, has been delayed. Originally expected to close at the end of January, the deal with Washington, D.C.-based business development firm Allied Capital remains in the due-diligence phase and is now expected to close about the middle of next month.
Signature Flight Support has signaled serious intent to expand its FBO chain outside North America by adding a managing director for Europe. The Orlando, Fla.-based group has hired David Best to fill the new role and has tasked him with expanding its network of business aircraft handling operations throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport has shelved long-standing plans to build a new business aviation terminal on the east side of the Dutch gateway. According to an airport spokeswoman, the development has been postponed due to financial constraints but is expected to be resumed before the end of this year.
Management teams at Signature Flight Support and Fort Lauderdale Jet Center are locked in a war of words over the right to operate the sole general aviation FBO at New York La Guardia Airport (LGA), and it’s the airport operator that looks to be the only winner. Close to the heart of the matter are statements made by former New York Sen. Alphonse D’Amato, whose firm was hired as a consultant by Signature midway through the controversy.
For the past month, business aircraft operators flying into New York La Guardia Airport (LGA) may have been surprised to see a fresh new name going on the fuel trucks and above the counter at the field’s sole FBO.