Ross Aviation announced this week at NBAA 2013 that it is partnering with Cessna to support the 2014 Citation Special Olympics Airlift. The company’s Ronson Aviation facility at Trenton (N.J.) Mercer Airport will be the host FBO, welcoming the special athletes and coaches; staging arrivals and departures; hosting pilots, crew and aircraft owners; providing discounted jet fuel; and handling the hundreds of Citations involved in the airlift. Ross has also pledged a donation to the Special Olympics based on the gross profits from fuel sales during the event.
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TAG Farnborough Airport (Booth No. C6726) has outlined some of its plans over the next decade, including new on-site facilities such as upscale office space, a dedicated customer entrance to the airport, additional passenger lounges and other enhancements, it announced here at NBAA 2013.
“We continue to identify better ways to serve our customers and employees,” said Brandon O’Reilly, CEO of TAG Farnborough. “Our ongoing investment shows our commitment to improve facilities at the airport, maintaining our position as the leading business aviation gateway to London,” he said.
Full-service aircraft management and charter provider Taughannock Aviation of Ithaca, N.Y., is showcasing its line of 02 and N2 intensifiers, fueling software solutions and mobile computing hardware at NBAA 2013 (Booth No. C9417).
Founded in 1980, the company is now one of the largest business aviation services providers in the Northeast, with offerings including business jet sales, FBO services and solutions, aircraft maintenance and repair and supply of ground support equipment, as well as aircraft management and charter.
Universal Weather and Aviation has enhanced Universal Mobile, its free iPad app, with the integration of its UVTripPlanner tool. The system now provides the same data used and audited daily by the Houston-based company, such as information on worldwide airports, FBOs, ground handlers, in-flight caterers, ground transport handlers and hotels. “It’s critical that business aviation professionals have accurate, worldwide airport-related information they can rely on to successfully plan their trips,” said Randy Stephens, Universal’s division vice president for product management.
Signature Flight Support (Booth No. N3505) has signed up to be a featured business in the newly announced ForeFlight Directory, the FBO chain announced on Monday here at the NBAA show. The listing service enables airport and aviation businesses to engage users of iOS-based flight-planning app ForeFlight Mobile by including branding, artwork, photos and business and service descriptions in the entries.
Atlantic Aviation (Booth No. N4500) has announced it will embark on a $15 million development plan for its two Houston-area FBOs. At its flagship Houston Hobby Airport location, the company will build a new 16,000-sq-ft terminal, which will replace its current 1972 vintage structure, one of the original Atlantic FBOs.
Fuel management software provider FuelerLinx is here at the NBAA show to announce the debut of sister company FBOlinx, which now allows FBOs to broadcast their fuel prices to their flight department customer base. As opposed to posting a uniform price online and waiting for customers to contact them, using the new system, FBOs can send confidential quotes directly to their customers. Prices can be exclusively tailored to meet a flight department’s fuel-use profile for a more streamlined and personalized process.
Flight support group Palm Aviation (Booth No. C10816) is laying plans to open an office in the U.S., perhaps in partnership with a local company. The move will be the latest expansion for Dubai-based Palm, which is already represented across the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States.
The new U.S. headquarters of international trip support group United Aviation Services (UAS) in Houston is now fully operational and has handled several hundred trip requests since its soft-launch opening on August 26. The office has a staff of 40 people, more than 20 of whom are in the operations department, which operates on a 24/7 basis like the UAS global headquarters in Dubai, arranging services such as fuel, flight permits and ground handling.
A new player in the FBO arena has made its debut here at NBAA 2013. Earlier this month, Quintessentially Aviation (QA) Handling announced it began ground-handling operations at Ireland’s Shannon Airport.