Wilson Air Center has quietly acquired Fletcher Aviation at Houston Hobby Airport (HOU). Wilson’s Memphis facility has rated at the top of AIN’s FBO Survey for the past six years, and owner Bob Wilson recently signed on as the contract FBO for the airport authority at Charlotte-Douglas (N.C.) International Airport, where a new facility is under construction.
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New developments at FBOs including regulations and noise issues; legal disputes; openings, acquisitions and mergers.
Signature Flight Support announced November 2 a single purchase involving two FBOs: Long Beach Million Air and another at Oxnard Airport near Santa Barbara. The facility at Oxnard will serve as a reliever to Signature’s busy operation at Santa Barbara Municipal Airport.
Avitat Westchester has begun an 18-month extensive facelift for its existing acility at Westchester County Airport, in White Plains, N.Y. The new facility will include a 21,000-sq-ft, two-story terminal, tenant offices, crew facilities, maintenance shops and storage facilities, as well as mprovements to the existing 23,760-sq-ft hangar.
Using temporary buildings and skid-mounted fuel tanks, Million Air reopened for business October 19 at New Orleans Lakefront Airport (NEW). The FBO’s hangar and terminal building were severely damaged by high winds and flooding from Hurricane Katrina on August 28. Runways, taxiways and ramps at Lakefront have been declared safe to use, albeit for daytime operation only, according to Addie Fanguy, Million Air general manager.
Five FBOs and a New York City heliport have joined the Atlantic Aviation chain en masse, bringing the network to a total of 18 locations. The new FBO locations include Burlington, Vt.; Gulfport, Miss.; Louisville, Ky.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; and Wilmington, Del. The deal also includes the East 34th Street Heliport in New York City.
Paris Le Bourget FBO Euralair Airport Services (EAS) has renewed a five-year agreement to remain in the Exxon Mobil Avitat network until 2010. The French company is also preparing to move into new premises at Le Bourget as part of a deal with Belgium’s Flying Group, which will be taking over and rebuilding its existing facility.
Tampa International Jet Center (TIJC) at Tampa International Airport has upgraded its crew cars to include an X-Type Jaguar and Ford Mustang convertible. Mike Azzarelli, president of TIJC, said, “We appreciate the fact that pilots don’t want to hang around the FBO all day, so we felt we should provide them a classy way to enjoy some of the great attractions the Tampa area has to offer.”
In August, Banyan Air Service celebrated a long-awaited groundbreaking ceremony for its 25,000-sq-ft terminal building with an attached 20,000-sq-ft hangar at Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Executive Airport (FXE). Plans for the new terminal were announced last November, but construction had been delayed by a combination of airport ground issues, financing and building permits. The new construction is scheduled for completion in May.
Barnstable Municipal Airport in Hyannis, Mass., is the facility of choice for business aviation on Cape Cod, but operators have not been blessed with the most luxurious of terminal options.
“It’s still a work in progress,” said Win Perkins, referring to the business plan of his “private terminal” at Morristown (N.J.) Municipal Airport (MMU). “But it seems to be working.”