General aviation airports in Massachusetts are slated to receive $125 million in maintenance and safety improvements under the state DOT’s new 10-year plan to improve its transportation infrastructure. While specific details are not yet available, the DOT points out it is currently “fostering the development of our general aviation airport network,” including the groundbreaking for a new Gulfstream maintenance hangar at Westfield-Barnes Airport, the approval of additional FBOs at Hanscom and Worcester Airports and the implementation of a statewide runway safety marking project.
Barnes Municipal Airport
Abu Dhabi’s Al Bateen Executive Airport (Stand 1943) is fast gaining traction as the Middle East’s first and only dedicated business aviation gateway. The former military air base has been reinvented as a business aviation service hub, along the lines airports such as the London-area Farnborough and Biggin Hill, and Le Bourget in Paris.
Shell fuels distributor Eastern Aviation Fuels has added two new FBOs to its network. Co-Mar Aviation at Warren County Regional Airport in Bowling Green, Ky., offers aircraft service, corporate jet hangarage and a general aviation terminal with a flight planning room, meeting room, pilot lounge and complementary Wi-Fi access.
It has been almost nine years since terrorists showed the world how easy it was to hijack fuel-laden airliners and use them as missiles on Sept. 11, 2001. The events of that day will never be forgotten and to this day continue to reverberate throughout many industries, particularly aviation. Oddly, although the terrorists chose to turn airliners into weapons, it was general aviation that was more severely punished.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held last month for a 46,000-sq-ft general aviation complex at Page Field in Fort Myers, Fla. The new facility on the airport’s west side is scheduled for completion in June next year and it will replace the existing GA terminal. The $16.2 million complex will include a two-story 22,613-sq-ft terminal building, a 24,000-sq-ft hangar and a new jet-A and avgas fuel farm.
Air BP Aviation Services has added five FBOs to its fuel dealer network, and all accept the Air BP Sterling Card. The new Air BP dealers are Altair Aviation, Laredo, Texas; Blair Airport near Blair, Neb.; Branson JetCenter at the new privately owned and funded Branson Airport in Missouri; Castle & Cooke’s Arlington, Wash. facility; and Five Star Jet Center at Barnes Municipal Airport in Westfield, Mass.
At meetings like this year’s Schedulers & Dispatchers conference, the state of the economy is on everyone’s minds. Yet judging from the strong level of activity and the number of attendees, people who work for the companies that provide the infrastructure that supports general aviation flight operations are cautiously optimistic about the future and busy serving customers who are–for the most part–still flying.
During Donald Staszko’s 42 years and 30,000 hours of flying and 32 years with American Airlines, he wisely built a real estate and commercial property development business. Although Staszko retired from the airline in December 2005 before the then-age 60 rule would have forced his departure, he had also made a well timed investment at Plymouth Municipal Airport in Massachusetts.
Salt Lake City is where the Transcontinental Railroad first came together in 1869. Today, it retains its dynamism as one of the fastest-growing major metropolitan areas in the U.S. It has one of the youngest populations, enjoys a diverse economy and is only minutes from some of the finest outdoor recreation–and not just snow skiing–in the country.
Stockholm City Airport is set to get its first purpose-built FBO when Grafair Jet Center opens early next month. The facility will consist of a 2,800-sq-ft, two-story terminal building and an 8,600-sq-ft hangar connected by some offices for maintenance staff. The terminal will include a lounge, flight planning offices and a range of FBO services.
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