The San Jose City Council approved the 50-year ground lease agreement with Signature Flight Support last week for its proposed new $82 million FBO at Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. The 29-acre complex will eventually be home to the service provider’s West Coast headquarters. It will be developed in conjunction with Blue City Holdings, the company that operates the aircraft of nearby Google’s executives.
Today is the 110th anniversary of the first powered flight by Orville and Wilbur Wright at Kill Devil Hills in North Carolina. This anniversary is a good jumping-off point to reflect on how far aviation has come in the past 110 years.
Operators using the New York area Teterboro Airport can expect a number of runway and taxiway construction closures beginning December 16 and continuing through December 20. Work will be ongoing on both Runway 19 and Runway 24, as well as on portions of Taxiways Q, E, G, L and R. Most of the closures will begin at 5:30 a.m.
The U.S. air traffic management (ATM) system outperforms Europe’s more fragmented system on both cost and operations, according to two reports issued by the Eurocontrol Performance Review Commission (PRC).
Operations at London Stansted Airport were disrupted for several hours on Tuesday after a Gulfstream G550 caused some damage to the ILS while landing. The aircraft touched down safely, and the UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch is looking into the incident. Arriving flights were delayed for a few hours until fog lifted later in the morning.
Plans for a new 40,000-sq-ft paint hangar at West Star Aviation’s Grand Junction Regional Airport facility in Colorado are moving ahead, despite apparent fiscal problems facing the airport authority.
West Star had reached an agreement with the airport authority to build the paint hangar, after which the authority would issue an $8 million bond, purchase the hangar from West Star and then lease it back to the company.
Two Part 91 business aviation pilots departing New York’s Farmingdale Airport on a recent IFR flight during gusty, rainy conditions became involved in a runway incursion that presented a number of valuable lessons.
Privately owned Ross Aviation has added a 17th location to its chain of service providers with the purchase of Chester County Aviation, the lone FBO at Philadelphia-area Chester County G.O. Carlson Airport. In keeping with the company’s philosophy, the facility will retain its current name and management. “We view this FBO as a strong growth opportunity due to airport and highway congestion, ground and air delays and the higher costs associated with operating at Philadelphia International Airport,” said company president and CEO Jeff Ross.
Though it has been in operation since March last year out of temporary offices, the Alpha Jet Center at Missouri’s Joplin Regional Airport has finally set up shop in its new facility. The FBO now occupies 5,000 sq ft in the refurbished building that was once the airport’s commercial terminal. The Avfuel-branded dealer is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. (with after-hours callout available) and says it specializes in quick turns.
BBA Aviation subsidiary Signature Flight Support’s new FBO at Newark International Airport (EWR) opened last month, after an 18-month construction project. The $11 million facility occupies approximately 11 acres at the airport. It features a 39,000-sq-ft hangar and an 11,200-sq-ft terminal serving as the prototype for Signature’s newly designed interior traffic flow pattern. Built to Leed Gold standard, the terminal provides three lounges, including a separate VIP area.