Riley Aviation of Kirsch Municipal Airport in Sturgis, Mich., has received FAA certification as a Part 145 repair station for limited instrument and limited radio aircraft. The company also offers major and minor phase inspections, complete interior refurbishment, full-scale helicopter maintenance and maintenance management. Riley Aviation is also a full-service FBO offering charter and aircraft management.
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New developments at FBOs including regulations and noise issues; legal disputes; openings, acquisitions and mergers.
Mach 1, a Southern California aircraft broker, and two of its principals, Brian Doherty and John Mouyos, plan to appeal a jury’s decision that they are liable for fraud, according to their attorney. A Southern California Superior Court jury recently ordered the defendants to pay more than $30 million in damages to Jet Source, an FBO and aircraft sales firm at McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, Calif.
Publicly traded Macquarie Group, the Australian company that owns the Atlantic Aviation chain of FBOs, is purchasing the FBOs owned by private-equity firm Allied Capital and will merge them into the Atlantic network. Macquarie, which bought Atlantic in April 2004, is performing due diligence to purchase Allied’s 22 Mercury Air Centers, Corporate Wings, FirstAir and IX Jet Center FBOs, according to Atlantic v-p Sue Sommers.
Club Airways, a members-only scheduled business jet charter operation in Europe, has chosen PrivatPort to provide ground handling for its flights from Geneva International Airport. PrivatPort, which operates out of Geneva’s C3 executive terminal, is a new FBO joint venture between business aviation service group PrivatAir and handling company Swissport Geneva.
Guardian Jet Center, an FBO and Avfuel dealer at Ontario International Airport, Calif., last month opened a 22,000-sq-ft hangar and adjoining 2,000-sq-ft office space. The company, which opened in November 2002, now plans to build a new executive terminal in between the new hangar and an original hangar. Guardian Jet Center is also home of Guardian Air Services, the company’s charter operation, and other aircraft services.
Since the EPA crackdown on dumping sumped fuel on airport ramp surfaces, draining fuel has become a problem for aircraft operators. In some cases, the inconvenience has compromised safety, since some pilots skip this portion of the preflight examination or pour possibly contaminated fuel back into the tanks of the aircraft.
The headline on the current TAC Air FBO chain’s direct-mail publicity campaign reads, “Showing you our love by giving you the bird.” But “the bird” in this case is not the classic New Jersey Turnpike salute, but rather a fully restored 1957 Ford Thunderbird– the classic two-seater upon which the current upscale Thunderbird is based. Pilots have the rest of this month to register for the prize at any of the 10 TAC Air FBOs.
Back in June, the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) expressed relief with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to propose a 12-month delay–until August 17 next year–for FBOs to submit amended oil-spill-prevention plans, and until Feb. 18, 2006, for FBOs to implement the plans.
Lanmar Aviation has opened its newly refurbished facility at the Groton-New London Airport (GON), Conn. Amenities include available maintenance service; hangar storage for aircraft up to the size of a Gulfstream V; WSI computerized weather service; snooze rooms; showers; a conference room; courtesy vehicles; aircraft cleaning and detailing; catering; a crew lounge; Internet service; limo service; and car rentals.
Business Jet Center recently completed a $5 million expansion project at its Dallas Love Field (DAL) facility. The facelift includes a new hangar and adjoining office space, collectively called Hangar B. The new building increases the fixed base operator’s total square footage of hangar and office space by nearly 25 percent–to approximately 220,000 sq ft from 178,000 sq ft.