Early last month the San Diego Regional Airport Authority board voted seven to two to put to a county-wide vote this November whether to obtain land for a new civil airport at MCAS Miramar. The Strategic Planning Commission looked over many possible sites and finally chose a 3,000-acre tract at Miramar as the best option for serving San Diego’s air-transportation needs.
Aviation International News » July 2006
Based at Fort Worth Meacham International Airport, FBO Texas Jet recently added two new 12,000-sq-ft hangars. Texas Jet now has 17 hangars at Meacham, bringing the total area under roof to 275,000 sq ft. Enclosed parking is available to keep the brutal Texas sun from overheating customer cars. Texas Jet also offers cabin cooling, lav service, a fitness center and customs (with prior notice).
Germany’s newest FBO is Jet Aviation’s facility at Dusseldorf International Airport, completed just in time to welcome visitors to the 2006 World Cup games in nearby Cologne, Dortmund and Gelsenkirchen. The FBO facility is an addition to Jet Aviation’s existing maintenance operation at Dusseldorf. The two-story FBO terminal includes lounges, conference rooms and offices and offers in-house customs and immigration processing.
Rectrix Aerodrome Centers is building a new FBO facility with hangars at Florida’s Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport. “We’re hoping to open in late fall,” said Kevin Bradley, general manager of the company’s Hyannis, Mass. FBO. Rectrix’s Hyannis facility opened last September, bringing a new level of service to Barnstable Municipal Airport-Boardman/Polando Field.
A new FBO terminal is under construction at Montego Bay Sangster International Airport in Jamaica. The 4,500-sq-ft IAM Jet Centre-Montego Bay will offer in-house customs and immigration processing as well as typical FBO amenities such as a private meeting room, high-speed Internet access and covered, discrete access to ground transportation.
Anchorage, Alaska-based FBO Great Circle Flight Services purchased Passur’s Portal, Pulse and inSight products to help market its services to potential customers and provide additional services to existing customers. Web-based Portal provides access to Pulse, which includes revenue and operations modules and inSight, Passur’s flight-following system with terminal-area tracking, aircraft movement and ETAs for arriving aircraft.
Montgomery Aviation, an Avfuel-branded FBO at Indianapolis Executive Airport in Indiana, recently installed a 100-foot-wide, 33-foot-high canopy on the ramp side of its new terminal building to protect arriving and departing passengers and fligt crews from inclement weather. The FBO also has 19,000 sq ft of hangar space and tenant office space in the new building.
Livermore Municipal Airport is one of those facilities where the city that owns the airport keeps the FBO operation to itself. For a potentially important airport such as Livermore, a designated reliever for San Francisco Bay Area airports and located at the edge of some of the busiest airspace in California, this facility is surprisingly undeveloped.
As of June 1, the Million Air FBO franchise at Teterboro Airport left the Million Air chain and was renamed Meridian Teterboro. In January, the FBO moved into a new 33,000-sq-ft terminal and headquarters building. Construction is ongoing on a new 40,000-sq-ft hangar and maintenance facility, due for completion in October. The maintenance division was also renamed and is now Meridian Jet Center.
The freshly renovated Million Air St. Louis FBO at Spirit of St. Louis Airport welcomes pilots and passengers with a new look complemented by dark mahogany wood, granite countertops and leather upholstery.