The Odyssey Aviation FBO marketing partnership, which includes eight FBOs, has chosen Passur’s FBO software suite for customer flight tracking and to improve fuel pricing, fuel sales and customer service. Passur uses its own network of passive transponder detectors combined with the FAA’s live radar feed to track aircraft, even those with N-numbers blocked by the NBAA block aircraft registration request program.
Aviation International News » February 2009
FlightSafety International director of worldwide sales Steve Gross and Rhett Reavis, regional marketing manager, presented Panorama Flight Service senior vice president Ed Condreras, president Gene Condreras and vice president Ken Healy with a plaque celebrating Panorama’s 50 years in the FBO business.
New members of the Phillips 66 aviation fuel dealer network include Butterfly Aviation at Renner Field in Goodland, Kan.; Otis Air Service, the sole FBO at Kearney Regional Airport in Nebraska; Sioux Air at Martin Field in South Sioux City, Neb.; Tate Aviation at Southern Illinois Airport, Murphysboro, Ill.; and TBD Aviation at Olney-Noble Airport in Noble, Ill.
Key Air’s Twin Cities (Minneapolis) and Treasure Coast (Fort Pierce, Fla.) FBOs are now offering jet-A at significantly lower prices, but accompanied by a handling fee set by the type of aircraft. Prices as of January 12 showed Key Air charging $2.23 per gallon for jet-A at St. Lucie County International Airport in Fort Pierce and $2.31 at Anoka County-Blaine Airport in Minneapolis.
J.A. Air Center has completed the move from West Chicago to its new Chicagolands Aurora Municipal Airport location. The new facility includes four buildings with an 11,000-sq-ft FBO terminal fronted by a 20,000-sq-ft arrival/departure canopy. More than 90,000 sq ft of hangar space and 60,000 sq ft of offices provide plenty of room for customer facilities.
Based at Denton Municipal Airport north of Dallas, US Aviation Group has been approved by the Denton City Council to add fuel to its list of services. US Aviation was formed when it took over US Flight Academy, and in addition to fueling operations the FBO offers maintenance, avionics installation and repair, flight training and aircraft sales.
Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC) in upstate New York used to have two FBOs, but USAirports has purchased the Landmark Aviation FBO at the airport. USAirports will continue operating all the Landmark facilities and take over Landmark’s airliner fueling contract. Anthony Costello opened the Rochester USAirports FBO after launching his air cargo and hangar service in 1986.
Travelers flying to Midland International Airport in Texas can now earn Avtrip points at Avion Flight Centre, which has joined the Avfuel network. Avion offers a 22-acre ramp, courtesy cars, hangar space and a 6,000-sq-ft FBO terminal with pilot snooze rooms, showers and customer offices and conference rooms. U.S. Customs officers are on-site for speedy clearance.
Le Castellet Airport in southeast France will have a 60,000-sq-ft photovoltaic roof operational this spring on a new hangar. Peak power delivered by the solar panels is 150 kilowatts, which translates into an average 185,000 kWh per year. This is about 40 percent of the airport’s electric power needs.
The trend of airports adding solar power systems is growing in the southwest U.S., which sees more sunny days each year than other parts of the country. Sacred Power of Albuquerque, N.M., installed a 10-kilowatt solar photovoltaic array at White Sands Regional Airport in Alamogordo last November.