Universal Weather & Aviation, which provides a variety of preflight and in-flight services, has also set up FBO facilities at 15 locations in Europe over the last few years.
Long-time South Texas FBO McCreery Aviation celebrated its 60th anniversary on October 27. Founded at Mercedes Airport in 1946 by J.F. “Mac” McCreery, the FBO moved to what later became McAllen Miller International Airport in 1948. Mac’s son Bob is president of McCreery Aviation, a sprawling FBO that includes 148,000 sq ft of hangars, offices and FBO terminal, and 550,000 sq ft of ramp space.
Atlantic Aviation is opening a new temporary FBO terminal at Lackland AFB’s Kelly Field Annex, a huge airport with an 11,550-foot runway five miles from downtown San Antonio. Atlantic expects to be ready for general aviation traffic by December 1, according to general manager Dwight Randolph, and plans to open a new 10,000-sq-ft FBO terminal and 30,000-sq-ft hangar in January 2008.
Jet Aviation, in cooperation with Kuwait-based partner United Projects, plans to open an FBO at Kuwait In-ternational Airport early next year. The facility, which will become fully operational in mid-2006, will offer private aircraft handling services, line maintenance and hangar storage.
Cutter Aviation recently broke ground for a new FBO to replace the company’s original facility at El Paso International Airport, Texas. The new 13,000-sq-ft terminal building and 20,000-sq-ft hangar are being built next to the control tower and are expected to open this winter. The current airport-owned facility is slated to be demolished.
Jet Aviation officially opened its FBO at Dubai International Airport last month, the company’s third FBO in the Middle East. The operation includes a hangar large enough to accommodate two BBJs or ACJs simultaneously, maintenance shops, a refreshment center, customer and crew lounges, flight-planning rooms, private offices and a prayer room. It also has its own customs facilities.
Kansas City Aviation Center (KCAC) opened the first of what will be several new FBO and service facilities in its nine-state Pilatus PC-12 sales territory, this one a full-service FBO at Spirit of St. Louis Airport in St. Louis. KCAC purchased the FBO from Thunder Aviation and renamed it Midwest Aviation Center.
Landmark Aviation celebrated the opening of a new hangar addition to its Roanoke, Va. FBO on September 20. The $1.5 million hangar encloses 18,000 sq ft and will be used for aircraft storage. The FBO now has a total of 125,000 sq ft of storage space, according to Karen Roberts, FBO general manager. It also houses a Landmark aircraft sales and charter operation.
Business Aviation Services has added a 28,000-sq-ft heated hangar to its FBO at Joe Foss Field in Sioux Falls, Idaho. The new hangar, available for tenant and transient aircraft, can accommodate aircraft up to the size of a Gulfstream V.
As of May 1, the former Island Aviation FBO at Merritt Island Airport in Florida reopened as the second FBO owned by Atlas Aviation. Atlas’s first FBO is located at Peter O. Knight Airport in Tampa, Fla. Atlas plans to continue improving the hangar, lobby and office facilities at Merritt Island while offering visiting pilots and local operators fuel, maintenance, storage and office rental.
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