For the Atlantic Aviation facility at Connecticut’s Igor I. Sikorsky Memorial Airport (BDR), life is finally returning to normal after the repairs and clean-up from 2012’s Superstorm Sandy, which ravaged the Northeast two days before Halloween. The FBO occupies a historic WWII-vintage complex on the north end of the airport near the Long Island Sound and sustained approximately $1 million in damage and cleaning costs to its terminal and hangars, forcing it to relocate temporarily.
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Banyan Air Service (Booth No. N4726) has announced the appointment of Craig Huston as chief operating officer for the FBO, which is located at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, in Florida.
Huston comes to Banyan with more than 18 years of leadership experience at large OEMs around the globe. He is responsible for overseeing all of Banyan’s operations, from FBO services to avionics repair, maintenance, parts and Banyan’s retail pilot shop.
Signature Flight Support signed a deal yesterday that could see the service provider chain make as many as 38 new additions to its network. In a ceremony at its booth (No. N3505), the company announced an agreement with Imperial Oil of Canada to offer the option to all Canadian Esso-branded FBOs to become fully-licensed members of the Signature network, or to join the service provider’s Signature Select affiliate program.
FBO chain Sheltair has joined the Avfuel network, announcing the rebranding of its 14 locations yesterday here at the show. As the first indication of the new relationship, the company is displaying at the Avfuel booth (No. N5100). “This group here is a very professional group, a very thoughtful group in how they do things, they have super people in the marketing area, great people in operations, we’re really proud to be associated with Sheltair,” said Avfuel president and CEO Craig Sincock.
Signature Flight Support signed an agreement today at NBAA 2013 with Imperial Oil of Canada to offer all Canadian Esso aviation dealers the option to be fully licensed Signature locations or to participate in the Signature Select affiliate FBO program. Signature Select affiliates are supported by Signature’s global sales and marketing team and are promoted as part of the Signature network. Additional value for members can be achieved through the purchasing power of the Signature network.
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.
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.