Sustained investment in airport infrastructure and a continuing view of all airports as part of a national aviation-transportation network are paramount to maintaining America’s world-leading aviation system, NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen told U.S. lawmakers yesterday at a House aviation subcommittee hearing on airport financing and development.
Jet Aviation signed an agreement today with Luxaviation Group, a major European business aviation operator, to provide exclusive handling services through its network of FBOs in Europe, Middle East and Asia (EMEA). Under the FBO service agreement, Jet Aviation will provide dedicated handling services to Luxaviation’s managed fleet of almost 100 aircraft at its FBOs in Switzerland, Germany, Russia, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Zurich-based aircraft management provider Jet Aviation (Booth 418) is putting the spotlight here at EBACE on new developments at its facilities and in its aircraft management services from Asia and the Middle East to Europe and South America.
In a recent re-branding, London Biggin Hill Airport hopes “business,” “travel” and “community” will become perceived values of its operations, according to business-development director Robert Walters. A new logo, adorning EBACE Booth 5146, depicts an executive jet silhouette against the background of a Royal Air Force roundel “as a nod” to the airfield’s fame as a Battle of Britain aerodrome in 1940.
While the North American business aviation market has shown signs of recovery of late, for many other parts of the world fortunes have continued to fluctuate, making for a mixed outlook for the global FBO industry. Emerging bizav markets across regions such as Asia and Africa have seen encouraging traffic growth, even if opportunities to expand FBO services in these places have been somewhat limited. Meanwhile, service providers in Europe’s more mature market have yet to see sustained recovery from flight activity dips in recent years, but there are some notable exceptions.
U.S. aviation services provider Castle & Cooke has been an ABACE exhibitor since 2012, explaining the role of a fixed-base operator (FBO) to show attendees who might not be familiar with the fueling and ground-handling services such a company provides to private aviation. As the company returns to the Shanghai show for the third time, it is providing a translator (Booth H431) to more fully answer attendee questions.
With general aviation regulations in India caught up in a web of complex rules, the industry has expressed a need for a stable regulatory framework that would allow it to grow in a sound, more straightforward regulatory regime. Addressing this, an ICAO-led group drafted a set of recommendations for a policy on general aviation–including fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters and seaplanes–and submitted them to the Ministry of Civil Aviation in April 2012.
In response to an RFP issued last year, the city council of Livermore, Calif., has signed an agreement with Hayward, Calif.-based Five Rivers Aviation to establish a new FBO at the San Francisco airport and take over fueling operations from the municipality. The proposed plan calls initially for a 25,000-sq-ft facility that would include the terminal and hangar space for transient aircraft, as well as for tenant businesses such as aircraft maintenance (which is not currently available). Two subsequent construction phases would each add another 25,000 sq ft of hangar space.
Michigan-based aviation services provider Avflight has taken over the lease of the former Flower Aviation and fueling operation of America Jet, previously the two FBOs at Salina Regional Airport in Kansas. It will operate the two facilities as Avfuel-branded Avflight North and South. The addition marks Avflight’s ninth owned and operated location. The Salina Airport Authority board of directors approved a new 20-year lease for the former Flower Aviation property, with two 10-year renewal options for it and the other properties in the agreement.
Next month, as the Super Bowl and its pageantry take the New York City area by storm for the first time, local GA airports and service providers are hoping that metaphorical storm will be the only one on the radar.
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