The storied history of a series of well known aviation companies entered its final chapter last month when aircraft charter/management provider and FBO operator Arcadia Aviation closed and laid off all of its employees. The company had FBOs at Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport/Shepherd Field (MRB) in Martinsburg, W.Va., and at Sullivan County International Airport (MSV) in Monticello, N.Y.
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Signature Flight Support (Stand 7030) and Aviapartner have launched a dedicated into-plane refueling service at Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport.
Ground support equipment supplier Aero Specialties is here at EBACE (Booth No. 1235) as an official distributor of Unitron ground power units. Unitron, based in Dallas, Texas, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and for the first time is unveiling a line of GPUs that are approved to European Union standards.
PHILLIPS 66 ADDS FBOs
Central Flying Service of Little Rock, Ark., has switched to the Phillips 66 fuel brand. The FBO has been in business more than 70 years and covers 77 acres at Adams Field, including 558,000 sq ft of covered space and 21 hangars. The company also offers charter, flight training, heavy maintenance, avionics repair and installation, aircraft sales and an onsite restaurant.
Evo Jet Services is expanding its operations eastward with new ground handling and flight support operations in India, Nepal and China, as well as across the Caucasus region and central Asia. The company also has secured a full handling license for Germany’s Berlin Schoenefeld International Airport and will start operations there on January 11.
Ground support equipment provider Aero Specialties (Booth No. 986) has signed a distribution agreement with Jet Go International for its new 550M diesel-powered 28-volt GPU.
Maine’s Bangor International Airport is receiving growing numbers of European business aircraft. It is now trying to capitalize on its convenient location as a U.S. port-of-entry by making its first appearance at the EBACE show with its own stand-alone exhibit (Booth No. 698).
Based at Denton Municipal Airport north of Dallas, US Aviation Group has been approved by the Denton City Council to add fuel to its list of services. US Aviation was formed when it took over US Flight Academy, and in addition to fueling operations the FBO offers maintenance, avionics installation and repair, flight training and aircraft sales.
Independent FBOs face problems different from those of their chain counterparts, whose sheer size often makes it easier for them to address challenges. The Independent Fixed-Base Operators Association (IFBOA) held its first conference September 11 and 12 to help independent FBOs share information and best practices about how to tackle the curveballs of professional life.
UVglobal Network, introduced at NBAA 2001 last December, has added five new members to its worldwide group of ground-handling facilities, bringing the total to 40 members with more than 52 individual locations. Australia is the latest addition, announced yesterday at a press conference by Lex den Herder, senior manager, international network development.