Old favorites and new names earned high ratings in this year’s AIN FBO Survey Top 40 list. The many facilities that had tie scores this year might indicate that FBOs continue to improve in the four ratings categories: line service, passenger amenities, pilot amenities and facilities. Wilson Air Center’s Memphis, Tenn. base, once again, tops the list, followed by AirFlite, Long Beach, Calif., up from number three last year.
AINalerts » April 3, 2007
BBA Aviation, the parent company of Signature Flight Support, released its annual report for last year and the results show that Signature's revenue climbed by 14.1 percent. The FBO network augmented its portfolio over the last year, adding bases in California, Florida and at Paris Le Bourget, for a total of 81 locations worldwide.
Eclipse Aviation delivered to DayJet its first three Eclipse 500 VLJs on March 31, bringing Eclipse’s delivery total to five. While its airplanes await a third ADAHRS for Part 135 operations, DayJet is using its initial deliveries to train pilots for air-taxi services. Eclipse also released draft section 5 of the Eclipse 500 AFM, for the final configuration with aerodynamic mods, aluminum tip tanks and Avio NG avionics.
Verizon Airfone has sent letters to customers informing them that the MagnaStar air-to-ground phone service will stay on the air until at least the end of next year. The service extension gives business aircraft operators flying with MagnaStar gear an extra year to explore alternatives, which for many will likely involve upgrading to Iridium or Inmarsat satcom equipment.
SEC documents filed yesterday reveal that Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) will pay $1.8 billion–$300 million more than originally estimated–for the Carlyle Group’s Landmark Aviation of Phoenix and Standard Aero of Winnipeg, Canada. More than half of the total, $1.034 billion, is for Standard Aero. The filing confirms DAE’s commitment to selling off the Landmark network of FBOs soon after the deal is completed.