Members of the Independent Fixed Base Operators Association (IFBOA) can save money on credit-card processing charges under a new program offered by Jet Fleet International (JFI). “This program is an important component of our mission to provide enhanced purchasing and profitability opportunities to our growing membership,” said John Wraga, IFBOA founder and executive director.
Aviation International News » June 2008
DB Aviation is building a new 43,000-sq-ft hangar at its Waukegan (Ill.) Regional Airport FBO. The new hangar, which includes 5,500 sq ft of office space, should open on December 1. In addition to FBO services, DB Aviation also provides charter, management and maintenance services to Chicago-area customers.
Since December, business aircraft have been able to park at the new Royal Terminal at Kuwait International Airport, and the facility opened for passenger services in April. The new $42 million FBO is owned by Royal Aviation Kuwait and is managed by Mercury Air Group. Plans call for Royal Terminal’s grand opening to be held this month.
In the three years that Business Jet Center (BJC) has been open at Oakland (Calif.) International Airport, the FBO has doubled the number of gallons of fuel sold and traffic has jumped by 200 percent. The first quarter of this year continued strong, with fuel volume climbing 20 percent compared to the same period last year. “This is shaping up to be another solid year of growth for our location,” said general manager David Mills.
While Midcoast Aviation was building yet another new hangar at its St. Louis Downtown Airport facility in Cahokia, Ill., a need for more hangar space spawned an elegant solution. Midcoast hired Mahaffey Fabric Structures to erect a portable hangar earlier this year so technicians could work on three Global 5000s, one Challenger 850 and nine Challenger 605s.
During Donald Staszko’s 42 years and 30,000 hours of flying and 32 years with American Airlines, he wisely built a real estate and commercial property development business. Although Staszko retired from the airline in December 2005 before the then-age 60 rule would have forced his departure, he had also made a well timed investment at Plymouth Municipal Airport in Massachusetts.
A study conducted by Millennium Challenge, MWH Americas and HNTB Federal Services projects a 51-percent increase in passenger traffic to Mali’s Bamako Airport. The landlocked African country depends on air travel, according to Hugh Weaver, HNTB federal aviation practice leader, and its leaders recognize the importance of upgrading facilities not only for airlines but also for business aviation travelers.
After buying Oxford Airport in the UK last year from BBA Aviation, new owners the Reuben Brothers and Dawnay Day have selected a name for the airport’s FBO: Oxfordjet. Construction on the FBO began in April and is due to be completed next month. The new Oxfordjet triples the space of the old general aviation terminal to handle a doubling in business aviation traffic during the past three years.
Ross Aviation, backed by private equity firm Centre Partners Management, purchased a majority interest in Bradley Pacific Aviation’s five-FBO chain in Hawaii. The Bradley Pacific acquisition brings the Ross FBO stable to 12 facilities, and Ross Aviation plans to maintain the Bradley Pacific brand name.
There are fewer and fewer full-service FBOs, the kind that offer charter, maintenance and even a flying school in addition to fuel and aircraft storage. And those that survive usually aren’t found at one of the airports serving a major metropolitan area such as New York City. Panorama Flight Service is one of that rare breed, and in April the FBO celebrated its 50th year in business at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y.