More than two years after Tac Air filed a Part 16 complaint with the FAA over the operation of an FBO built and owned by the airport operator at Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport/Lovell Field, the agency has finally issued its ruling, finding the airport authority did not violate its federal grant obligations. The situation became the centerpiece of the private ownership vs.
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Carolina GSE (Booth No. C7621) now serves as the exclusive corporate and FBO distributor in the U.S. and other territories for JBT AeroTech, the manufacturer of 400-Hz diesel and electric ground power units, preconditioned air units and 28.5 VDC rectifiers, the New Bern, N.C. ground support equipment supplier announced here.
A new player in the FBO arena has made its debut here at NBAA 2013. Earlier this month, Quintessentially Aviation (QA) Handling announced it began ground-handling operations at Ireland’s Shannon Airport.
The Independent Fixed Base Operators Association (Ifboa) announced last month that it has now surpassed the 500-member-company mark. Founded in 2006, the group includes FBO operators, flight schools, repair stations and aircraft management and sales firms among its ranks.
Among the aircraft manufacturers and charter providers appearing at ABACE, aviation service providers are also represented among the exhibitors. One that is returning for a second year is Castle & Cooke Aviation (Booth P318), which operates a string of fixed-base operations (FBOs) with locations on the U.S. West Coast and in Hawaii.
The FBO industry is shifting from a price-sensitive business model to one based on providing an exceptional customer service experience, according to FBO industry consultants Aviation Business Strategies Group. The firm’s principals–John Enticknap and Ron Jackson–addressed a group of industry leaders about this topic today at the NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference in San Antonio, Texas.
Wingspan Systems has announced RampTrack, a new ground accident avoidance system intended to help prevent ramp and hangar accidents by tracking aircraft on the ground and issuing a warning if they are at risk of striking a building, aircraft, vehicle or person. Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Banyan Air Service will be the launch customer. The system uses redundant sensors, intelligent software and visual and aural alarms to reduce the chance of hangar rash due to contact with toolboxes or ground tugs while relocating or taxiing aircraft.
World Fuel Services announced yesterday at MEBA 2012 that Business Aviation Centre Cologne at Germany’s Cologne/Bonn Airport joined its Air Elite Network. Air Elite comprises FBOs that are part of the World Fuel Services global network. While retaining their individual ownership, these FBOs agree to a uniform set of quality standards for service, amenities, facilities, fuel and products.
Aero Specialties (Stand 573), manufacturers of aircraft and airport ground support equipment; global fuel provider AvFuel (Stand 580); Aviation Partners, Inc. (Stand 575), whose blended winglets are found on airliners and business jets; Bangor International Airport (Stand 577) in Maine, a popular point of U.S. entry and exit for international private aircraft flights; Cirrus Aircraft (Stand 574), manufacturer of the popular SR20 and SR22 single engine piston aircraft; communication-equipment manufacturer Cobham/Thrane & Thrane (Stand 578); EVAS/Vision Safe Corp.
Jet Aviation has been appointed as the dedicated ground handling service provider for MEBA 2012, which is taking place this week at Dubai Al Maktoum International Airport. As such, Jet Aviation is providing aircraft services and passenger assistance, including taxiing, handling, lavatory service, refueling, catering, customs support, service coordination and flight plan support for flight crews. The company is also operating two airport customer lounges during the show.