The city of Livermore, Calif., is preparing to give up its exclusive fueling operation at Livermore Municipal Airport, having awarded a contract to Livermore Air Center to build a new FBO and hangars at the airport. A local group called Livermore Airport Citizens Group is opposing the move, claiming that the airport is going to become a “jetport” and add noise and pollution to the surrounding community.
A new 50,500-sq-ft hangar complex opened at Cutter Aviation’s Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) FBO. The three-unit complex can accommodate airplanes as large as the Bombardier Global Express and offers corporate aviation amenities such as office and shop space, private covered parking, catering kitchen, conference room and full security system.
Wisconsin’s New Richmond Regional Airport extended its runway by 1,500 feet–to 5,500 feet–in mid-June and added a new 18,000-sq-ft FBO terminal. The airport has space available for long-term leases in private and corporate hangars.
Two years after Hurricane Katrina destroyed Lakefront Airport in New Orleans, the FAA control tower has reopened. The new tower is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on 119.9. Currently, Million Air is the sole FBO on the airport, although another FBO is getting ready to open, according to the airport’s fire department. Million Air was scheduled to break ground on a new permanent FBO terminal at Lakefront by the end of last month.
Recent European orders for executive turbine aircraft, including VLJs, signal an influx of executive aircraft into European airspace. Will the Continent’s existing infrastructure be able to accommodate the increasing executive air traffic at a time when scheduled low-cost and holiday charter airlines are also rapidly expanding?
Congress last week passed a far-reaching security bill that deals with both cargo and general aviation security, among other things. The bill, “Improving America’s Security Act of 2007,” marks a major change in how cargo will be screened.
Boston Logan International Airport finally has an FBO befitting the gateway to New England, after the June 21 grand opening of Signature Flight Support’s newest facility. Signature’s parent company, BBA Aviation, spent $13 million to build the new FBO, and part of the cost went to meeting “green” (environmentally friendly) standards required by the airport’s operator, Massport.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recommends that airport and FBO operators read its new guidance document, “Enhanced Fuel Farm/Fuel Storage Facility Security Measures and Fuel Vehicle Access Procedures.” The two-page document is available on the National Air Transportation Association Web site (www.nata.aero).
Plymouth Airport in Massachusetts has never had a true FBO, but recent runway expansions, the new ILS serving 4,300-foot Runway 6 and the airport’s willingness to encourage hangar building have led to increasing amounts of business jet traffic. Aircraft management company Professional Airways is putting the finishing touches on its new FBO terminal and hangar facility and plans to hold a grand opening next month.
Premier Air president Ash Vij and vice president Rita Vij are building a new Million Air FBO franchise at Tucson International Airport. The FBO will be the first Million Air facility in Arizona. Million Air Tucson will cost about $5 million to build and will include a two-story 20,000-sq-ft terminal and 20,000-sq-ft hangar, as well as a theater room and the traditional Million Air refreshment bar.