Carlsbad, Calif.-based FBO Jet Source has selected Air BP as its primary fuel supplier. Jet Source offers 120,000 sq ft of hangar space, 35,000 sq ft of office space and, for visiting pilots, a state-of-the-art media room, as well as full maintenance, avionics, aircraft sales and charter/management services. Millville Jet Center in New Jersey also chose Air BP as its fuel supplier.
Aviation International News » May 2008
Privately owned and operated Houston Executive Airport, west of Houston, has completed a runway extension to 6,610 feet. “Our ability to support larger aircraft will be a real advantage to the aviation business community,” said Andrew Perry, the airport’s executive director. The new airport opened in January 2007 and recently completed a 26,000-sq-ft corporate hangar.
FBO and charter/management company Key Air is building a new FBO at Anoka County-Blaine Airport in Minneapolis. Key Air sister company Keystone Aviation Services operates a large FBO at Waterbury-Oxford Airport in Connecticut, and the Minnesota FBO will also host Key Air charter/management, aircraft sales and maintenance operations.
Horizon Business Concepts’ TotalFBO software is now available in an online version. TotalFBOweb is hosted by Horizon servers and is accessible from any Web browser. Backups of all data are done daily, according to Horizon. Horizon Business Concepts, based in Broken Arrow, Okla., is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.
The City of Santa Monica, Calif., planned to implement its new ordinance prohibiting operation of category C and D aircraft at the city’s airport beginning April 25. The city enacted the ordinance because of “the dramatic increase in the number of faster airplanes using the airport,” according to a statement from the city.
The owner of a private airport in Tallahassee, Fla., has decided to sell the property and has set an asking price of $11.6 million. Tallahassee Commercial Airport has a paved 3,200-foot runway sited on a 200-acre parcel, and this is offered at $10 million. An adjacent 63-acre parcel is also available from another owner for an additional $1.6 million.
Pilots who are wondering when a second FBO will open at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport finally have an answer. In late 2006, Liberty Ventures announced plans to build a second FBO, which will compete with the Signature Flight Support FBO, but the planned mid-2007 opening never happened.
Salt Lake City is where the Transcontinental Railroad first came together in 1869. Today, it retains its dynamism as one of the fastest-growing major metropolitan areas in the U.S. It has one of the youngest populations, enjoys a diverse economy and is only minutes from some of the finest outdoor recreation–and not just snow skiing–in the country.
The last few months have been difficult for a number of aviation players. First, there were several whistleblower complaints from FAA aviation safety inspectors who risked their futures to make serious allegations against their management in the southwest region. These allegations had been under investigation for some time when the U.S. Congress decided to hold hearings and have FAA senior management respond to them in a public forum.
After a long stint working for other people, Geno Haggan, president of Englewood, Colo.-based Haggan Aviation, decided to open his own maintenance shop in 1996. He credits his varied experiences with giving him the practical aircraft know-how and the business acumen to make his operation successful.