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.
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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.
With six locations in the Northeast, Groton, Conn.-based Columbia Air Services celebrates 25 years in business this year with some landmark developments. It’s new 20,000-sq-ft hangar and 6,000-sq-ft terminal building at Groton-New London Airport (GON) is already in service, and will be dedicated later this spring.
TSA Transairco has refurbished its lobby and passenger/crew lounges at Geneva Airport. The Swiss FBO runs Geneva’s original general aviation terminal on the north side of the site, competing with TAG Aviation, PrivatAir and Jet Aviation, which occupy the executive terminal at the western end of the airport.
With 34 FBOs in the U.S. and Canada, Landmark Aviation has grown to be one of the larger FBO chains. The company was formed through the merger of Piedmont Hawthorne, Garrett Aviation and Associated Air Center, all of which trace their roots to the 1930s and 1940s. These aviation service companies started coming together in 2001, when Piedmont Hawthorne bought Associated.
Kansas City Aviation Center celebrated the grand opening of its newest FBO, Midwest Aviation Center at Missouri’s Spirit of St. Louis Airport, on February 13. The St. Louis FBO includes a 30,000-sq-ft hangar tall enough for Gulfstream Vs and 12,000 sq ft of office space. Ten acres are also available for future FBO expansion.
Boise, Idaho-based Western Aircraft is offering FBO customers a new concierge-style service called Gold Standard. Arriving aircraft will be assisted by a Western Aircraft ramp coordinator, who will take care of all passenger, crew and aircraft needs. According to the company, services–including arranging for ground transportation and sprucing up the cabin–are provided free to customers.
Avfuel dealer FirstFlight is building a new chain, starting with two FBOs at Pennsylvania’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport and Garden City, Kan. FirstFlight also manages the Tech Aviation FBO at Niagara Falls International Airport in New York. In addition to FBO services, FirstFlight offers charter/management, aircraft sales and acquisition consulting and jet maintenance.
Mercury Air Group signed a letter of intent to take on the management contract for a new FBO at Kuwait International Airport. Jet Aviation had announced plans to open an FBO in Kuwait in 2004 but revealed to AIN late last year that it had discontinued those plans. The Mercury project is in cooperation with Kuwait’s United Projects, the company behind the previously planned Jet Aviation FBO.