In response to an RFP issued last year, the city council of Livermore, Calif., has signed an agreement with Hayward, Calif.-based Five Rivers Aviation to establish a new FBO at the San Francisco airport and take over fueling operations from the municipality. The proposed plan calls initially for a 25,000-sq-ft facility that would include the terminal and hangar space for transient aircraft, as well as for tenant businesses such as aircraft maintenance (which is not currently available). Two subsequent construction phases would each add another 25,000 sq ft of hangar space.
Aviation services provider FlightLevel Aviation has signed a five-year lease to run the lone FBO at Cape May County Airport in Wildwood, N.J. The Delaware River and Bay Authority, which owns and manages the airport, ran the FBO on a limited basis for nearly a year after the departure of Big Sky Aviation in 2011. “A quality FBO is critical to an airport because it’s the first thing residents and visitors see when they arrive,” said airport director Steve Williams.
At its annual meeting last week, the Florida Aviation Trades Association decided to changed its name to Florida Aviation Business Association to better describe exactly who the organization is and what it represents. Now FABA, its members include FBOs, aircraft dealers, aviation insurers, charter operators, industry consultants and aircraft manufacturers, among others. During the meeting, the association also elected Deric Dymerski of Atlas Aviation as its president and Signature Flight Support’s Mike French as its vice president/secretary/treasurer.
Aviation services provider Richmor Aviation has shuttered its FBO facility at Dutchess County Airport in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., after three decades of operation there. The company also operated a Part 145 repair and overhaul station, a flight school and an aircraft sales and charter operation at the airport. The closure leaves Dutchess Aviation, the county-owned FBO, as the lone service provider on the airport.
International aviation services provider Gama Group has announced a major development project at the UK’s Glasgow Airport. The company will add a new executive FBO complete with a 17,000-sq-ft hangar, capable of sheltering 600-series Challengers as well as serving as a line maintenance base, complementing the company’s engineering facilities in the London area.
International aviation services provider Gama Group has announced a major development project at the UK’s Glasgow Airport. The company will add a new executive FBO providing a 17,000-sq-ft hangar capable of sheltering aircraft the size of the Challenger 600 series, as well as serving as a line maintenance base to complement the company’s engineering facilities in the London area. Gama was recently selected to be the dedicated provider of air ambulance services for the Scottish Air Ambulance service for another seven-year term.
While most business aviation travelers think of Teterboro or Westchester County Airport when flying to New York City, a third airport in the area makes a strong case to put its name into the conversation. Long Island MacArthur Airport in Islip, N.Y., is less than an hour from Manhattan and its proximity a mile from the Long Island Expressway makes for convenient access to the Hamptons summer enclave at the eastern end of the island.
Construction has begun on a new FBO at Blair Municipal Airport (BTA) in Nebraska. SkyWerx Aviation, the first service provider at the airport, hopes to attract flight departments from local corporations as well as transient aircraft on fueling stops, to the Omaha-area field, which expects capitalize on its lower operating costs to offer attractive fuel prices. “Blair Airport has been overlooked by the general aviation community because it lacked services,” said Bob Joyce, general manager of privately owned SkyWerx.
London’s Stansted Airport is set to get a fourth FBO, with The Diamond Hangar scheduled to open in time for the start of the 2012 Olympic Games on July 27. The new venture is trading on the Aero Toy Store brand, and its main shareholder is Ben Shirazi, son of the U.S. aircraft sales and completions group’s founder, Morris Shirazi.
Despite the mild winter that befell most of North America this past year, one might be excused for believing one of the few areas not to experience a severe decline in de-icing demand to be Vancouver, British Columbia. After all, the Whistler-Blackcomb ski resort (host to the 2010 Winter Olympics) just 70 miles away received 45 feet of snow this past season. Yet at Vancouver’s Boundary Bay Airport (CZBB), unseasonable weather prevailed. “In terms of winters, it’s been a wet one, but it hasn’t been a cold one,” said Lyle Soetaert, the manager of the airport’s FBO, Boundary Bay Air Services.
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