Stewart International Airport (SWF) in Newburgh, N.Y., is about to get its second FBO after several years of being served by one operation. CAS Handling of White Plains, N.Y., is scheduled to start pumping fuel and offering the typical business aircraft transient and tenant services in the fall, according to Stewart Airport operator National Express Corp.
Aviation International News » August 2001
An Atlanta businessman has opened JetServ PDK, a new FBO at FBO-rich Atlanta’s DeKalb-Peachtree Airport (PDK). The new FBO pumps only jet fuel (Phillips 66) and serves only transient turbine aircraft. JetServ occupies three acres of tarmac and renovated facilities that once belonged to Air BP, including a 5,000-sq-ft terminal building. It also offers a 10,000-sq-ft hangar for use by those transient aircraft.
The former Valet Air Services at Burlington (Vt.) International Airport (BTV) has been acquired by Amports and renamed FBO AvCenter Burlington. It joins four other FBO AvCenters around the country. Amport executive v-p Clive Lowe told AIN there are no management or service changes planned at the Burlington FBO, but there will soon be some “minor upgrades” to facilities.
FBO AvCenter at Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) recently moved into a new $14 million business aviation center that is more than twice as large as its previous facility on the field. The new complex features a 20,000-sq-ft hangar, an 11,000-sq-ft operations building, fuel farm, de-icing pad and a large ramp area. Aircraft up to the size of a GV can be hangared, and the ramp can accommodate anything up to a Boeing 747.
Cutter Aviation has designated Phillips 66 to be its exclusive fuel supplier at its four FBOs–at Phoenix Sky Harbor (PHX), Phoenix Deer Valley (DVT), El Paso (Texas) International (ELP) and Albuquerque (N.M.) International (ABQ). All but the Deer Valley FBO had been pumping Phillips fuel.
FieldTurf, a Montreal-based manufacturer of artificial turf surfaces for sports arenas, is branching out into airport applications for its products. The company claims that its synthetic grass, Air-FieldTurf, is safer than natural dirt or grass for runway and taxiway shoulders, infields and any other area where wind or jet blast could stir up dust and debris that could damage aircraft.
Galaxy Aviation at Witham Field (SUA) in Stuart, Fla., is nearly ready to open three 12,000-sq-ft hangars and attached offices that will be available for lease to corporate aircraft operators. Tenants will have access to Galaxy’s full-service FBO, including passenger terminal, crew lounge, flight-planning room and conference room. The FBO also has two existing large-aircraft hangars.
Communication is key to any organization, and aviation departments are no exception. Without communication, nothing would get done–no aircraft maintenance scheduling, no budgeting, no flight scheduling, no crew scheduling, the list goes on. Yet little thought is usually given to planning and implementing information and communications systems in the flight department.
While its bigger cousin in the Marines stays grounded, work on the civil tiltrotor is proceeding in the same Bell Helicopter hangars from which the first prototype V-22 Ospreys rolled out some 13 years ago in Arlington, Texas.
Quietly making its debut at this summer’s Paris Air Show was Eurocopter’s long-awaited EC 145. Essentially a stretched, beefed-up version of the hot-selling BK117 (in this case, the C-1 variant of the helicopter that’s come to be the darling of the aeromedical transport market), the EC 145 can seat as many as 10 passengers and crew.