Virginia’s Manassas Regional Airport, 30 miles from Washington, D.C., now offers U.S. Customs clearance services at the terminal building from 6 a.m. to midnight. Manassas has grown as an alternate airport for operators flying to the D.C. area, offering no landing fees, competitive fuel prices and two parallel runways, the longest 5,700 feet.
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Pinnacle Airlines has decided to move the headquarters of its Colgan Air subsidiary to Memphis, placing the two operating units in the same location “mainly for operations, planning and communications purposes.” Some 50 Colgan employees plan to make the move to Memphis from Manassas, Va., “in the November-December time frame,” while another 45 chose not to move.
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) was Signature’s busiest base until September 11. Even after all other major airports around the country have reopened to some forms of general aviation operations, DCA remains closed to non-airline traffic. At press time, the normally bustling ramp at Signature DCA, the company’s flagship facility, was barren. The usually chock-a-block hangar was empty.
Although Mercury Air Centers/Corporate Wings won the bid to build an FBO at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) early last year, it might be some time before the company can get started on the project. “The acreage for the new FBO has been identified,” explained Richard Michaels, vice president of marketing for the FBO chain; “however, the airport is in the process of modifying the airport master plan.
Africa is not the easiest part of the world in which to conduct executive aviation services, which is why Landover Aviation Services was established 14 years ago to foreign operators penetrate the complex bureaucracy in the region. Since then the company has become the leading source of assistance not only in Nigeria–where it is based in Lagos, but also in many other parts of Africa.
The 17th annual Greater Washington Aviation Opengolf and tennis tournament held May 9 at the Indian Spring Country Club in Silver Spring, Md., raised a record $115,000 for the Corporate Angel Network (CAN). Since its inception the event has raised nearly $1 million for CAN