Forty years ago, the first Avitat FBO in Brussels, Belgium, launched a network that now consists of more than 60 FBOs around the world, including four recently added locations. These include two Encore FBO facilities (soon to become Landmark Aviation) in Dublin, Ireland, and Nice, France, as well as Gozen Air Services in Istanbul, Turkey, and Sky Services in Naples, Italy.
Aviation International News » March 2008
SheltAir Aviation Services has reached the 20-year mark and now consists of 11 FBOs–five in New York and six in Florida. SheltAir’s FBO business is part of Holland SheltAir Aviation Group, an enterprise that includes construction company Holland Builders and SheltAir Aviation Facilities, which owns and develops airport hangars and office space. The FBO network began in 1988 with facilities at Daytona Beach and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
With little fanfare, aircraft management and charter operator Volo Aviation is rapidly building an FBO chain, with five facilities now under its banner. Volo’s latest acquisitions include Hayward Jet Center in Hayward, Calif.; NextFlight in Manassas, Va.; Rocket Man Aviation in Houston; and Fort Pierce Jet Center in Fort Pierce, Fla. Last year, Volo had just one FBO at Sarasota, Fla.
The National Air Transportation Association is offering a new way for FBO owners and operators to learn more about their vocation at the first How to Build a More Successful FBO seminar at sea planned for October 23 through 26. The seminar will be held aboard the Carnival Sensation cruise ship during a Bahamas cruise that launches from Port Canaveral in Florida with a stop in Nassau. The seminar takes place on October 24 and 25 from 8 a.m.
In June, pilots will be able to use a new business aviation terminal at Oxford Airport in the UK, the first phase of planned improvements by Reuben Brothers Holdings, which bought the airport from BBA Aviation last July. The new FBO terminal features separate lounges for pilots and passengers, rest areas, showers, a crew kitchen, bar, conference rooms and customs and immigration facilities.
Maguire Aviation, which bought the former Petersen Aviation FBO at Van Nuys Airport in Southern California in 2006 and more recently the airport’s Million Air FBO, is planning to buy Skytrails Aviation, an FBO on the southeast corner of the airport. After the deal closes, Maguire’s total spending on leasehold acquisitions and infrastructure improvements at Van Nuys should reach more than $250 million during the next three years.
Servizi Elicotteristici Italiani (SEI), the longtime preferred interiors provider for AgustaWestland helicopters in Italy, has opened its new U.S. facility at Northeast Philadelphia Airport. According to Massimo Isidori, operations at the 12,000-sq-ft hangar are currently focused on helicopter maintenance but interior completions on executive, EMS and law enforcement helicopters are expected to begin “full force” this summer.
Following the introduction of its “CRJ ExecLiner” program converting CRJ200 airliners to executive configuration, and selection as the primary completion facility for the Aerospace Concepts “Project Phoenix,” Canadian completion and refurbishment center Flying Colours has set its sights on becoming “the number-one choice in the CRJ conversion market.” The Peterborough, Ontario company claims firm orders for 12 ExecLiners, expects to deliver th
Rosen Aviation, in partnership with Heads Up Technologies of Carrollton, Texas, and Mid Continent Controls of Derby, Kan., has been selected by Embraer as the standard in-flight entertainment system supplier for the Brazilian OEM’s new Phenom 100 very light jet and Phenom 300 light jet. The focal point of the system will be Rosen’s new RosenView VX.
Aero Toy Store, already expanding its interior completion and refurbishment facilities in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., expects to open a 45,000-sq-ft completion and refurbishment center this month at Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport in Montreal. The center will include upholstery and cabinetry shops.