South Dakota corporate aviation continues growing, and to meet the needs of the flying community, Business Aviation Services is building a new FBO terminal facility, scheduled to open next month at Joe Foss Field in Sioux Falls. Gracing the new facility is a specially commissioned sign by artist Harry Klessen, a half-ton, 36-foot-long, 18-foot-high representation of Business Aviation’s logo.
Aviation International News » May 2006
Wilson Air Center’s Charlotte/Douglas International Airport FBO in North Carolina recently celebrated one year of operation, under a management contract with the airport authority. The FBO terminal, refurbished at a cost of $1 million, opened in February, and Wilson Air Center is already adding hangar space, with a new 25,000-sq-ft building to open this month.
When Addie Fanguy finally managed to catch a ride to New Orleans Lakefront Airport (NEW) with some National Guard friends two days after Hurricane Katrina laid waste to the Gulf Coast last August, he didn’t know what to expect, but he didn’t have high hopes.
Landmark Aviation remains in growth mode, buying the Corporate Jets FBO, maintenance and charter company at Scottsdale Airport in Arizona from FSS Airholdings early last month. “Corporate Jets is really a perfect fit for our acquisition profile,” said Landmark CEO Roger Wolfe.
“This is our first show since the SAE [Society of Automotive Engineers] alliance and I think it’s going well. It’s good exposure for both SAE and PAMA; I expect to see our alliance continue to grow,” Dave Orcutt, PAMA chairman and v-p of customer support for Bombardier Business Aircraft, told AIN. “We’ve seen a lot activity on the floor, and the PAMA Olympics is going really well.”
Judging from the size of the audience–about 200 people–many charter operators sent personnel to the NATA show to attend the first FAA operational control briefing session. A number of participants were local FAA inspectors, a sign that the FAA is trying to make sure all parties are on the same page when it comes to understanding the operational control concept.
If Air Transport Association (ATA) CEO James May has his way, business aviation will start paying more of what he believes is a fair share of the costs of operating the nation’s ATC system. During his presentation at the NATA strategic issues forum on the last day of the AIE show, May outlined his views, couched in an empathetic appreciation of the accomplishments of aviation pioneer Charles Lindbergh.
During a year when non-airline aviation is expected to continue growing to record levels, a number of challenges face those whose service businesses propel the general aviation segment.
It has been 10 years since the ValuJet DC-9 accident in the Everglades that cost the lives of 110 people and a considerable amount of money. The cost to the aviation industry was also high as a result of additional requirements imposed on the existing aircraft fleet.
Lufthansa Technik makes its home at the south end of Hamburg International Airport in a neat sprawl of voluminous blue and gray hangars, workshops, research centers and administrative buildings. The lights rarely go out altogether as one shift relieves another and the work goes on apace.