AAI Acquisition, which purchased the assets of bankrupt Adam Aircraft Industries earlier this year, has named aviation industry veteran Jack Braly the company’s new president and CEO.
Aviation International News » September 2008
Galaxy Aviation is offering Visa gift cards to pilots who visit the company’s new FBO terminal and hangar facility during this year’s NBAA Convention (October 6 to 8) in Orlando, Fla. From October 5 to 9, Galaxy will give pilots a gift card in the amount of 10 cents per gallon for every gallon over 250 purchased at Galaxy Orlando.
Fargo Jet Center’s major remodeling and expansion is finished. The North Dakota FBO added a dramatic two-story stone fireplace to the lobby fronting a wide expanse of windows facing the ramp. New features also include a pilot’s suite with high-definition television, flight-planning room, quiet room and conference room.
Pilots can earn double Avtrip points from Avfuel’s new dealer, Big Sky Aviation. The company operates two FBOs at airports in Millville and Cape May, N.J. The double Avtrip points are available until October 22.
The underutilized Livermore Airport near California’s San Francisco Bay Area might yet see development of a new FBO. In mid-July, the Livermore city council passed a resolution allowing transfer of the FBO lease from flight training school Sierra Academy to Seaward Holdings, which plans to base two charter Citations at the airport.
Fresno Yosemite International Airport is reaping 40 percent of its energy requirements from a solar panel installation at the airport, the largest such system ever installed at an airport in the U.S. Energy savings are projected at about $13 million during the next 20 years.
The Northeastern group of companies, which bills itself as a “specialty services operator” because it isn’t an FBO (no fuel service), is building a new hangar at Republic Airport in Farmingdale, N.Y. The most recent addition was a $4 million, 35,000-sq-ft hangar, and next year the company’s fourth hangar should open, adding another 35,000 sq ft of hangar and 17,500 sq ft of office and shop space to Northeastern’s 16-acre complex.
JetSet Media of Kansas City, Mo., has signed up Jet Aviation’s U.S. FBO network for installation of JetSet’s free digital signage system. FBOs can install the free system, which includes a large plasma or liquid crystal display in their lobbies, in exchange for allowing JetSet to run advertisements on the units, which the FBO can approve in advance.
The empty Garrett Jet Center at Van Nuys Airport should finally see a new tenant. Local developer Castle & Cooke Aviation, which already operates a hangar and office facility at Van Nuys, has entered negotiations with Los Angeles World Airports to lease the Jet Center property and develop an FBO. Castle & Cooke does not have retail fueling rights at its existing facilities although it does provide fuel to tenants.
Maine’s Bangor International Airport celebrates four decades of commercial air service this year. To help with the festivities, the airport shared some neat photos from the past, including some of Amelia Earhart and President Johnson, as well as a watercolor painting from the Maine Air Museum located in the airport’s former Cold War-era missile assembly and maintenance building.