If your destination lies within the shadow of the Golden Gate bridge, don’t think that San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is your only option. Oakland International Airport (OAK), which for decades was served by only one FBO, now sports two FBOs, with a third trying to wriggle its way in.
Aviation International News » July 2004
Jet Aviation announced last month it has begun construction of its new FBO and maintenance facility at the Dubai International Airport, United Arab Emirates. Expected to be operational in January, the new facility will offer scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, aircraft modifications and avionics installations and retrofits for a range of business aircraft.
The final two of six E-series hangars are nearly complete at developer MMU-FTC’s site at Morristown Municipal Airport, N.J. These units are both 50 feet deep by 70 feet wide. Their bifold doors are 65 feet wide and 20 feet high, able to accommodate virtually all small and midsize jets and helicopters up to the size of a Sikorsky S-76.
Shortly after its purchase by finance house Allied Capital earlier this year, Mercury Air Centers dedicated a new hangar and tenant office facility at Charleston International Airport (CHS) S.C. The 45,000-sq-ft complex is adjacent to Mercury’s existing terminal and incorporates a 23,000-sq-ft hangar bay with 28-foot-high doors that can accommodate large business jets, such as the Gulfstream V.
With the Van Nuys Airport (VNY), Calif., master plan in political limbo, officials at the nation’s busiest general aviation airport have come up with a temporary proposal that could help shepherd development at the airport until the final roadmap is in place. The temporary proposal sets aside 50 acres for piston-powered aircraft–similarly to the way the master plan aimed to preserve space for light aircraft.
Air BP Aviation Services has gone on record supporting the mission of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) with financial support for CAP’s cadet and youth-development programs. The Civil Air Patrol provides leadership training, technical education, scholarships and career education to almost 27,000 young men and women, ages 12 to 21.
The Dallas Executive Airport (RBD) has been selected as the 2004 Reliever Airport of the Year by the Texas Department of Transportation. The award was presented at the 22nd annual Texas aviation conference held recently in the state capital, Austin. Dallas Executive, formerly known as Redbird, is a 1,000-acre facility about 10 miles (18 minutes’ drive time, according to MapQuest) south of downtown Dallas.
Since reopening its FBO at Sydney International Airport, Australia, early last year, Hawker Pacific Flight Centre’s business has expanded significantly. The company credits its strong relationships with flight-planning organizations Jeppesen, Air Routing and Base Ops for fueling its growth. Hawker Pacific completed a half-million-dollar refurbishment of the passenger terminal in April that includes:
In a letter to the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority dated May 18 (but released only last month), the FAA concluded that the authority’s proposed curfew on all aircraft at Bob Hope Airport (BUR) in Burbank, Calif., “would not be consistent with the statutory requirements that a restriction be reasonable, nonarbitrary and nondiscriminatory.
There are many ways to gain access to information about airports and the services available there. Ac-U-Kwik’s printed pilot guides– and later its Web site–have traditionally been considered among the best. Now the company has refined and expanded its Web site (www.acukwik.com). Not only has more information been added, but now Ac-U-Kwik has sharpened its focus on international operations.