Chicago-area FBO and maintenance/avionics company J.A. Air Center is building a 108,000-sq-ft facility at Aurora Municipal Airport. The company also operates an FBO at DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport. The $20 million Aurora facility includes more than 60,000 sq ft of clear-span hangar space and 50,000 sq ft of office space.
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Heinz Kohli, who in May 2003 was named CEO of Jet Aviation Group, abruptly decided to leave the company “effective immediately.” In revealing this development today, officials of the Zurich-based worldwide business aviation services conglomerate would not comment beyond saying, “Differences over the company’s future strategy” led Kohli to resign.
Jet Aviation is preparing to open a new executive terminal at Germany's Dusseldorf Airport by the end of this year. The Swiss-based group, which won a competition against seven other companies to build the 4,305-sq-ft facility, plans to start construction next month. Jet Aviation has operated an FBO from somewhat limited premises there for several years.
Co-owner and general manager of Aspen Base Operation Cliff Runge expects to close on a deal today or tomorrow to sell the FBO at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport (Sardy Field) to Trajen FBO Network, the growing chain backed by private equity firm CapStreet. The Aspen location would be the 18th for Trajen.
It's a landmark event for Garrett/Piedmont Hawthorne/Associated (GHPA). The services once provided by the well known and respected names of engine and airframe maintenance firm Garrett Aviation, FBO chain of Piedmont Hawthorne and large aircraft completions center Associated Air Center are reemerging under the new identity of Landmark Aviation.
Jet Aviation is working on plans to establish an FBO in Moscow, offering handling as well as business aircraft charter and management. The U.S.-based group’s Swiss division is running the project and it hopes to have an FBO operational at one of the airports in the Russian capital before year-end.
Signature Flight Support has expanded its fast-growing European FBO network further with the acquisition of the Executive Aircraft Services (EAS) facility at London Heathrow Airport. Signature’s parent group, BBA Aviation, is set to buy the operation for $8.1 million (£4.5 million).
For general manager Bob Cruey, the recent renovation at Million Air Asheville (N.C.) was finished just in time. He told AIN, “We opened the refurbished terminal building on October 1. That’s our busiest month for visitors–with the fall colors in full bloom.”
Mercury Air Centers and TAG Aviation have joined to provide added travel services through Mercury’s FBO network. Mercury customers throughout the U.S. can now use a variety of ancillary services, including charter and management, through TAG Aviation. Mercury president John Enticknap said his FBOs often receive requests from customers for services outside the normal scope of the FBOs’ operations.
As the cold weather settles into the Northeast, construction is advancing well on Million Air Teterboro’s new terminal/hangar complex. Founded in 1958, the FBO recently recast the charter arm of its business as Meridian Air Charter, which will also operate from the new facility.