Honda Aircraft today named Banyan Air Service of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., as the new HondaJet dealer for the Southeast U.S. The appointment replaces Tallahassee, Fla.-based Flightline Group, which was originally selected as the HondaJet dealer for this region in 2006. Banyan, based at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, will provide HondaJet sales and service for Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee and South Carolina.
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The Tampa Bay Aviation Association (TBAA) has set September 18 as its 4th Annual Safety Day. Daniel Slapo, chairman of TBAA’s Safety Committee, told AIN, “We’re averaging from 80 to 120 people every year, depending upon the topics. We partner with our local aviation authorities from St. Petersburg Clearwater Airport and Tampa International Hillsborough Airport Authority. We talk with them about our goals as an association, come up with a list of topics then ask our members who they recommend we get as speakers. This year’s program will be covering maintenance issues.” St.
The Overtown Youth Center hosted a special ceremony last week to recognize AAR and its chairman and CEO David P. Storch’s $350,000 donation to support the center’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem) program.
Private-aviation catering provider Air Culinaire has augmented its Florida network with the establishment of another company-owned and -operated kitchen. The location, three miles from Miami International Airport (MIA), is the third in the Sunshine State for the Universal Weather & Aviation subsidiary. The new location will supply aircraft operating at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International, Fort Lauderdale Executive, Opa-Locka Executive, Kendall-Tamiami Executive and MIA.
NetJets expects to operate approximately 200 flights in and out of Florida’s Miami-Dade area this week for Art Basel in Miami Beach, a modern and contemporary art show. For the 12th year in a row, NetJets has partnered with the international show, allowing the fractional aircraft company to provide its customers with access to the entire event, including the preview opening. This year, NetJets plans to host more than 800 of its customers and their guests in an expanded, exclusive and private NetJets lounge in the collectors’ area of the show.
FBO chain and airport real estate manager Sheltair is nearing completion on the first of three planned phases in a $13.6 million new development project at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport. Expected to open within the first quarter of the year, the first phase of the facility will include 134,806 sq ft of hangar and office space on more than 11 acres.
Recognizing the need for shelter for heavy iron at their airport, officials at Florida’s Hernando County Airport near Tampa have unveiled plans for the construction of a 32,000-sq-ft hangar and 1.3 acres of new ramp to be built on a four-acre parcel of land adjacent to the airport’s primary 7,002-foot runway. The new structure will have a 32- by 120-foot door, making it accessible by most business aircraft types. Airport authorities are currently looking for a maintenance provider or completions specialist to serve as a tenant, and say they will adjust the floor plan accordingly.
With the NBAA convention taking place nearby in Orlando, representatives from Hernando County Airport on the Gulf Coast side of the state are on hand (Booth No. 4141) to show off new expansion plans. Hernando County is one of the fastest growing areas in the state, and though the airport has two runways of more 5,000 feet and a new control tower, officials recognized that it had a lack of storage space for larger business aircraft.
The second outdoor static display that was “just a few steps away from the convention center” at last year’s NBAA Convention in Las Vegas was so enthusiastically received by both exhibitors and attendees that the association decided to do it at this year’s show. According to NBAA static display director Joe Hart, the additional static area at this year’s show encompasses up to 50,000 sq ft in a parking lot adjacent to the North Hall at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center.