North Carolina’s Asheville Regional Airport will be the site of a $37 million, 373,000-sq-ft terminal, office and hangar development spearheaded by Aviation Development Group (ADG) of Denver.
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New developments at FBOs including regulations and noise issues; legal disputes; openings, acquisitions and mergers.
Encore FBO’s Dublin, Ireland facility made history on March 6 when a company line service technician drove an Encore fuel truck onto the airport’s general aviation ramp and topped off a Citation III. “This is the first time in more than 35 years that someone other than a fuel company has fueled business aircraft in Dublin,” said Dublin Airport Authority operations manager Colman Cochran.
Engineered Arresting Systems (Esco) has developed a third-generation coating system for its engineered materials arresting systems (EMAS) placed at the ends of runways to help prevent runway overruns of airplanes that don’t slow down in time. EMAS consists of porous concrete that absorbs energy as it buckles when an airplane rolls onto the surface.
• Runway reconstruction will close Friedman Memorial Airport, Sun Valley, Idaho, from April 24 at 9 a.m. to May 23 at 7 p.m.
The United States Golf Association’s U.S. Open will be held from June 11 to 17 in Oakmont, Pa., and Allegheny County Airport FBO Corporate Air is taking reservations for ramp space. Practice rounds are June 11 through 13; the championship event will begin June 14. Corporate Air will provide transportation to the U.S. Open for a per-person flat-rate fee, or visitors can rent Hertz cars at the FBO.
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.
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.