The Environmental Protection Agency’s final amendments on spill prevention, control and countermeasures (SPPC) have been issued but still might generate some confusion in the aviation service industry.
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New developments at FBOs including regulations and noise issues; legal disputes; openings, acquisitions and mergers.
The new FBO at Roseburg Regional Airport in Oregon is Ocean Air Aviation, which took over FBO services at the airport from Wingnuts Flying Services. Roseburg is Ocean Air’s second FBO, joining the company’s facility in North Bend, Ore., and “we’re looking at three more FBOs now,” said Denise Langerveld, wife of Ocean Air founder Ed Langerveld.
A new FBO, Capital City Jet Center, recently opened at Bolton Field Airport near Columbus, Ohio. The company is now the sole full-service FBO at the field, according to Doug Blakely, director of marketing and sales. Formed after purchasing the physical assets of CMH Aviation and Bolton Flying Service, Capital City Jet Center opened a new lobby in the airport’s terminal building.
Liberty Air Ventures has signed a 20-year lease for eight acres on the southwest quadrant of Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, where it plans to build a new FBO to serve piston and jet traffic. Groundbreaking is scheduled for this month, and construction should be complete in July or August, according to Liberty Air president Mary Pilgrim.
The city of Santa Monica, Calif., is proposing to shorten the airport’s runway to accommodate installation of a 250-foot engineered material arresting system (EMAS) at the west end of Runway 3/21. The proposal would also use “declared distances” to obtain safety areas that are not available without shortening the runway.
Universal Weather & Aviation said it could take until the middle of this month before it can fully repair damage to its Paris Le Bourget FBO. The facility suffered extensive fire and smoke damage during an overnight blaze on January 3. The company established a temporary operations center and made other arrangements for passengers and crew.
Swiss-based Jet Aviation Group announced today that it reached an agreement to acquire St. Louis business jet maintenance and modification company Midcoast Aviation from Sabreliner. The deal is subject to the customary approvals and is expected to be closed in the spring. Sabreliner purchased Midcoast in 1994. When Jet Aviation was acquired by Permira Funds last October, the new owners committed to expanding the company.
This year’s AIN FBO Survey questionnaire is now available online, hosted by aviation market analyst Forecast International of Newtown, Conn. Those AIN readers selected to participate in this survey should have received a coded number and a link to the survey Web site by e-mail or fax.
Universal Weather & Aviation has said that it could take until the middle of next month before damage to its Paris Le Bourget FBO can be fully repaired. The facility suffered extensive fire and smoke damage during an overnight blaze on January 3, with the lounge areas being the worst affected.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) is replacing its annual convention with two events, the FBO Leadership Conference March 19 to 22 in Orlando, Fla., and the Air Charter Summit (including fractionals) to be held in early summer near Washington, D.C. NATA surveys showed that members “are interested in learning about issues affecting their business,” spokesman David Almy explained.