It helps to have a clear mission in business, and Yellowstone Jetcenter, at Gallatin Field (BZN) in Bozeman, Mont., enjoys just such a focus. Jim Dolan, one of the financial driving forces behind the elite Yellowstone Club real-estate project, acquired the FBO in 2000 as a gateway to the region. His plan for promoting the Yellowstone Club included easy access by business jet, and the FBO was an integral piece of the puzzle.
Aviation International News » May 2004
Linemen at Pride Flight Services in Alexandria, La., need to know their stuff. The sole FBO at England Alexandria International Airport (AEX), Pride has as diverse an overall clientele as any FBO in the country, serving major airlines, regionals, military aircraft and a wide range of general aviation traffic.
Air traffic at West Palm Beach Airport (PBI), Fla., came to a screeching halt for about an hour on the morning of April 12 due to a lightning strike, but it wasn’t an airplane that was hit. The primary runway at PBI was out of service for about an hour when a bolt of lightning left what airport officials described as a “pothole” on 10,000-foot-long Runway 9L/27R.
A Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) grant to support building an airline terminal complex at Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) in Fort Myers has implications for general aviation as well. The $10 million grant supplements other funding toward completion of the $438 million terminal project at RSW.
Air Services at Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport (CLE), has joined the nationwide Aviation Points Exchange (Apex) program. Air Services’ director of outside sales, Robert Specht, said, “First and foremost, the program will be used as an expression of appreciation to our existing customers. We will also use the program as an incentive for flight crews to choose our facility when visiting the Cleveland area.
The FAA is reviewing a proposed revision to the approved noise-compatibility program that was submitted for Burbank Bob Hope Airport (BUR), Calif. The agency, which approved the original program in November 2000, plans to rule on the revision by September 7. Public comments must be submitted by May 10 to the FAA airports division’s Western Pacific Region office (telephone  725-3614).
Signature Flight Support last month broke ground on a new facility at Toulon-Hyeres Airport in the south of France. The 2,410-sq-ft structure is expected to open in the fall. The company actually started providing handling for business aircraft at Toulon in January, operating out of the airport’s main terminal building while construction is under way.
The facilities of Flight International, one of two FBOs at Williamsburg International Airport in Newport News, Va., have become the 20th Mercury Air Centers operation. After processing a request for proposals, the airport authority awarded Mercury a 20-year FBO contract. Flight International, whose aircraft maintenance operation will continue as a Mercury tenant, did not respond to the RFP.
When it first opened at Waterbury-Oxford Airport, Conn., 20 years ago, Keystone Aviation consisted of one 15,000-sq-ft hangar and a passenger terminal. Today, this award-winning FBO has become one of Connecticut’s largest corporate jet complexes, with more than 130,000 sq ft of hangar space, 60,000 sq ft of office space and a newly renovated passenger terminal.
Face it: maintenance providers don’t charge enough for what they do. Pilots complain about being charged $65 an hour for corporate jet maintenance and then gladly pay $90 an hour to get their Lexus fixed.