Jet Aviation and its newly acquired affiliate Midcoast Aviation completed the restructuring of the group’s MRO and FBO business in North America. Four of Jet Aviation’s MRO divisions in Bedford, Mass.; Chicago; Palm Beach, Fla.; and Teterboro, N.J.; have been merged into Midcoast Aviation, while Midcoast’s St. Louis Downtown Airport FBO is now operated by Jet Aviation.
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New developments at FBOs including regulations and noise issues; legal disputes; openings, acquisitions and mergers.
Boston Hanscom Field may yet get a third FBO to compete against Jet Aviation and Signature Flight Support. Crosspoint, which in May 2005 won the bid to build a new FBO on vacant property used by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for research, elected not to build, so Hanscom operator Massport (Massachusetts Port Authority) plans to reopen the bidding process.
Brian Kirkdoffer has been promoted to president of Clay Lacy Aviation, the Los Angeles-based aircraft charter and service provider. Kirkdoffer, who joined the company 16 years ago as a pilot and director of marketing, served as the company’s vice president and general manager for the last seven years.
Business Jet Center (BJC), a Dallas Love Field FBO, is now authorized by the Transportation Security Administration as a gateway for general aviation flights into Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).
Avjet, an aircraft charter, management, sales and leasing company, announced an expansion of its operation at Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport in Southern California. The company said it needs the new 54,000-sq-ft 2.8-acre facility–which it expects to move into in December next year–to accommodate growth. The extra hangar space will include enough room for two Boeing Business Jets and a Gulfstream V.
Responding to rapid growth in maintenance and completion activities since the repair station’s formation two years ago, Indianapolis Jet Center (Booth No. 4093) has added a 50,000-sq-ft hangar to its facilities at Indianapolis International Airport.
Arinc Direct has introduced an online tool called the Virtual Fuel Desk to help its business aviation customers boost their fuel purchasing power. The program provides comparative pricing from multiple fuel suppliers at virtually all major U.S. and Canadian airports and FBOs frequently used by business aviation.
Sheltair Aviation Services (Booth No. 4600) has completed the renovation of its flagship facility at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. In addition to cosmetic improvements such as new interior furnishings and a redesigned customer-service station, the $1.2 million renovation enlarges the business center and flight-planning area. The Quick Turn café, also added as part of the enovation, is expected to open soon.
JetDirect Aviation has added Regal Aviation at Dallas Love Field to its network of FBOs and maintenance facilities, an acquisition that brings to five JetDirect’s operations, which include locations at Republic Airport, Farmingdale, N.Y.; Chester County Airport, Pa.; Spirit Airport, St. Louis; and Van Nuys Airport in California.
Swissport Executive Aviation is scheduled to open new handling operations at Zurich Airport on January 1. The company has been active at the airport for some time but now has assured access to passenger facilities at the airport’s General Aviation Center (GAC). Corporate pilots can use Swissport’s center in the main terminal building, where their customers are also able to access Swissport Executive’s VIP lounge.