For business aviation passengers, international arrivals and departures at Hector International Airport in Fargo, N.D., have become a lot easier with the relocation of the U.S. Customs and Immigrations facility to the north general aviation ramp, adjacent to the 23-acre Fargo Jet Center, the lone services provider on the field. The new $1 million, 3,600-sq-ft structure, which is available 24/7, was designed using U.S. Customs guidelines and features the latest technology to expedite clearance.
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New developments at FBOs including regulations and noise issues; legal disputes; openings, acquisitions and mergers.
Cutter Aviation has embarked on a $1.75 million expansion and renovation project on its facility at New Mexico’s Albuquerque International Airport (ABQ). The $250,000 modernization of its FBO terminal includes the refurnishing of the lobby, conference room and pilots’ lounge areas. The FBO is home to approximately 50 airplanes, nearly half of them turbine-powered, and its 75,000 sq ft of hangar space has been filled to capacity for the past several years, according to company president Will Cutter.
BBA Aviation, the parent company of Signature Flight Support, acquired Maguire Aviation’s two FBOs at Van Nuys Airport for $69 million. The addition extends Signature’s footprint to nearly 1.2 million sq ft of hangar space, ramp, passenger terminals and office space at the airport. The purchase also includes the dedicated 10,000-sq-ft NetJets facility that opened last year and was operated by Maguire.
Saker Aviation Services has lost its bid for a legal injunction preventing a rival FBO from taking over its former flagship facility at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport on September 1. The company has sued the airport board and the airport’s owners (Luzerne and Lackawanna Counties) on grounds of breach of contract, after they refused to allow Saker to exercise the first of two five-year option renewals on the site.
Bradley Pacific has become the leading FBO chain in Hawaii, uplifting an astounding one million gallons of jet-A daily to a mix of business jets and airliners. It also has the only Corporate Aircraft Association-preferred FBOs in the state, which puts it in the top echelon of business aviation service facilities.
Bankruptcy hearings for Avantair held last month in Tampa, Fla., brought some needed good news for share owners of the 56 ex-Avantair Piaggio Avantis who are hoping to return their aircraft to the sky. During one of the hearings, the Italian aircraft manufacturer unveiled a Service Bulletin (SB) that provides a path for owners of these Avantis to regain their airworthiness certificates, which were revoked by the FAA in late July and August.
Basel Aero, a division of Russian industrial group Basic Element, has opened a VIP terminal at Sochi International Airport in Krasnodar Krai, Russia, which is situated on the coast of the Black Sea near the Georgia-Russia border. The new 43,000-sq-ft (4,000-sq-m) terminal can handle 80 passengers per hour and will serve its first large groups of guests during the upcoming XII International Investment Forum Sochi-2013. According to Basel Aero, the terminal’s VIP lounge has five conference rooms and a workroom equipped with Internet-connected computers.
Flight planning and support group Hadid International Services has expanded its network in Africa with the appointment of supervisors in Ethiopia, Djibouti and Congo. In addition to providing handling supervision and arranging payment for airport fees, the Dubai-based company’s local staff can arrange ground transportation and hotels.
Jet Aviation relocated its FBO at Zurich International Airport to a new building adjacent to the existing General Aviation Center. It has been rebranded with the new corporate look and feel unveiled earlier this year at Jet Aviation’s FBO in Geneva. The new Zurich FBO now has a separate entrance with a reception area and customer lounge, as well as a “spacious” customs and immigration area. An expanded crew lounge with a snooze room at the Zurich facility will be completed in November, Jet Aviation said.
In celebration of its third anniversary as a service provider at North Carolina’s Davidson County Airport, Fly High Lexington is rewarding pilots with six Shell AeroClass points per gallon of fuel purchased through the end of the year. The FBO recently launched a “no fees with fuel” program under which it waives ramp, handling and tie-down fees with any fuel purchase. It also offers transient customers free overnight hangar storage if it is available.