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.
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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.
The Fayette County Airport Authority (FCAA) has announced the schedule for its groundbreaking ceremony for the new General Aviation Terminal at Connellsville Airport in the heart of Fayette County, Pa. The ceremony will be held near the Taylorcraft Hangar at the airport at 2 p.m. on March 3. The new general aviation terminal building is said to be the cornerstone of the FCAA’s program to improve general aviation access to the region.
St. Louis has its fair share of big events, including last year’s World Series and the upcoming NCAA Final Four next month. Midcoast Aviation’s newly renovated FBO at St. Louis Downtown Airport (CPS) has seen its measure of foot traffic. The World Series did not end happily for local fans, as the Boston Red Sox slaked an 86-year thirst for a title, defeating the hometown Cardinals in four straight games.
Business Jet Center at Oakland International Airport (OAK) has completed the construction of a new fuel farm, incorporating 40,000 gallons of jet-A–more than three times the fixed-base operator’s previous capacity for jet fuel–and 12,000 gallons of 100LL. The new above-ground storage tanks were added to handle increased traffic to the FBO.
Jet Source completed its remodeling project last month at McClellan-Palomar Airport, Carlsbad, Calif., including fresh paint, carpet, leather furniture and the addition of solar power. Pilots will focus on the new media room designed especially for visiting crews. It features satellite TV and a DVD player running through a Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound system linked to a 100-inch projection television screen.
WSI, of Andover, Mass., announced that its WSI Pilotbrief Pro system will be installed at all 41 Signature Flight Support FBOs across the U.S. Using the WSI kiosks, pilots may now store and retrieve personal weather briefing display preferences along with actual routes of flight using the new WSI Prolink account. WSI Pilotbrief Pro is installed in more than 500 locations.