The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA), which co-hosts EBACE with the U.S. NBAA, plays a central role in fighting for the industry’s interests–with the main focus being on lawmakers in Brussels, where the organization first became known as EBAA in 1984. Some 30 years later the association can boast considerable success in the influence it has had on various issues–from the EU ETS and other taxes and charges, to access to infrastructure such as airports and ATC.
Air BP announced several service initiatives to support business aviation operators heading to Brazil for the World Cup tournament that begins next month. At all 16 airports where it operates in the host country, Air BP will institute a “fast-track” fuel service, which will guarantee the arrival of a refueler within 20 minutes of an aircraft’s landing, given three hours’ advance notification, or alternatively, will allow operators to book predetermined fueling time according to their schedules.
The Known Crewmember Program (KCM) has officially been expanded to include Part 135 and 125 charter pilots, with yesterday’s first nonscheduled airline use of this program at Washington Dulles International Airport. KCM is a risk-based screening system that enables TSA officers to verify the identity and employment status of flight crewmembers.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency has designated Reina Beatrix International Airport in Oranjestad, Aruba, as the second international authorized pre-clearance location for general aviation aircraft transporting up to 19 passengers and crew. Ireland’s Shannon Airport was the first to receive the approval, in March 2010.
Quintessentially Aviation Handling has opened a new executive passenger and crew terminal facility at Ireland’s Shannon International Airport. The 1,750-sq-ft terminal includes an executive passenger lounge, as well as an airside crew rest lounge complete with shower facilities, satellite TV, Netflix, Wi-Fi, complimentary catering and modern Swiss furnishings. The terminal is also equipped with its own air bridge.
After reaching an agreement with Los Angeles World Airports, Atlantic Aviation has begun construction of the first corporate aircraft storage hangar at Los Angeles International Airport, where the company already operates an FBO. The $7.8 million 36,500-sq-ft general aviation hangar is scheduled for completion early next year and will be able to accommodate up to four large-cabin business jets. According to the company, the hangar is already sold out, and the company plans to offer transient space as available.
Landmark Aviation has purchased Midlantic Jet Aviation, the sole aviation services provider at New Jersey’s Atlantic City International Airport. The location and its U.S. Customs presence is open 24/7, and its 5,000-sq-ft terminal features a passenger lounge, crew lounge and snooze room, crew car, flight-planning room with WSI weather tracking and conference room. The FBO also has 65,000 sq ft of heated, video-monitored hangar space.
After two years, Chicago-area DuPage Airport has finished a $4.2 million upgrade of its FBO, which is open 24/7. Among the improvements to the facility–the lone provider at the airport–are new passenger entrances leading to an updated lobby with newly renovated restrooms, crew lounges and upgraded U.S. Customs facilities. Additions include a crew kitchen and dining lounge, theater room, fitness center with cardio workout equipment and weights, and a quiet room with sleeping accommodations.
The World Cup, the world’s largest sporting event, is set to kick off next month, and more than half a million fervent soccer fans are poised to descend on host country Brazil. Of that total, 11 percent are expected to arrive on business aircraft, and estimates call for approximately 3,000 business aircraft to be operating in the country during the month-long tournament, which begins on June 12. Such numbers will place a heavy strain on Brazil’s aviation services.
Macquarie Infrastructure subsidiary Atlantic Aviation closed its $230 million acquisition of Galaxy Aviation yesterday. The deal included six FBOs–five in Florida (four branded as Galaxy Aviation and one as Boca Aviation) and one Galaxy location in Hayden, Colo. With the acquisitions, Atlantic Aviation now has FBOs at 68 airports in the U.S.