In support of Jet Aviation’s program to expand its business, its Midcoast Aviation subsidiary has launched construction of a new $10.5 million, 115,000 sq-ft-hangar at its St. Louis Downtown Airport facility. The new 770- by 135-foot structure will bring Midcoast’s hangar space on the airport to more than 500,000 sq ft in eight buildings on more than 27 acres.
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New developments at FBOs including regulations and noise issues; legal disputes; openings, acquisitions and mergers.
Flight planning guide publisher Ac-u-Kwik (Booth No. 1036) has announced that its 2006/07 World Edition will be available in early August. The new edition will have over 1,000 pages of updated and expanded airport, FBO and services information, including hotel, telephone and fax numbers and, for the first time, FBO addresses on airport diagrams.
ExxonMobil Aviation (Booth No. 1026) is now using its own equipment and staff to refuel business jets at Milan Linate Airport. The direct operation started in February. The company also announced that it has been awarded a six-year contract to supply aviation fuels to TAG Farnborough Airport in the UK. In addition, ExxonMobil will once again provide fuel and services during the Farnborough International Air Show in July.
Prague-based Feras executive ground handling organization is using the EBACE show to roll out its new StarJet customer loyalty program. StarJet is aimed at providing various value enhancements for frequent users of the Feras network, which now covers more than 100 stations in Europe, Russia and the CIS countries.
AvFuel Corporation (Booth No. 1115) now offers its customers three convenient ways to purchase fuel at sales outlets: with a fuel card at the point of purchase, by arrangement over the phone before the flight or, as a new alternative, via the Internet at www.avfuel.com. The service is limited to North America for the time being.
Universal Weather & Aviation, which provides a variety of preflight and in-flight services, has also set up FBO facilities at 15 locations in Europe over the last few years.
TAG Farnborough Engineering (Booth No. 1156) plans to expand its existing two-hangar set-up with additional workshops and is aiming to move into aircraft completions within the next two years, according to engineering director Les Batty.
TAG Aviation has inaugurated a business aviation terminal that is arguably the finest in Europe. The new building at the London-area Farnborough Airport was officially opened yesterday by Britain’s Prince Andrew in a ceremony attended by many top industry executives en route to the EBACE show here in Geneva.
Macquarie Infrastructure, a New York subsidiary of Australia-based Macquarie Bank, late last month entered into an agreement to purchase Trajen Holding, including its network of FBOs, for nearly $339 million. Trajen operates 21 facilities and is in the process of acquiring two more that are expected to be a part of the Macquarie purchase.
The FAA last week revoked the Part 135 certificate of American Air Network (AAN) of Chesterfield, Mo., saying the company permitted flights for hire to be conducted on its air carrier certificate but allowed individuals who did not hold such a certificate to have operational control of those flights.