Independent FBO network Paragon Aviation Group has added five members: Maguire Aviation at Van Nuys Airport (VNY) in California, Aero Air at Portland-Hillsboro Airport (HIO) in Oregon, Galvin Flying Service at Boeing Field/King County International Airport (BFI) in Seattle, First Aviation Services at Teterboro Airport (TEB) in New Jersey and XJet at Centennial Airport (APA) in Colorado.
XOJet late last month announced 50-percent year-over-year growth and that it expects more of the same or better into this new year. The Brisbane, Calif.-based charter operator and private jet membership provider is accelerating expansion of its fleet, adding a Bombardier Challenger 300 and its first Challenger 605 last month. The company plans to add another of each type this year.
A California congressman has picked up the cudgel in the mistaken detention at gunpoint of John and Martha King of King Schools on August 28, and the incident prompted him to join the House GA Caucus.
With the addition of its newest facility at California’s Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Signature Flight Support is embarking on a new way to operate FBOs–a management contract with the owner of the facility. Given that many major hotel chains are operated this way, it’s perhaps a little surprising that large FBO chains haven’t already tried this method.
McClellan Jet Services at McClellan Airfield north of Sacramento, Calif., has joined the Shell Aviation fuel network and will offer customers Shell AeroClass rewards. The FBO is housed in an 8,000-sq-ft terminal building and offers 220,000 sq ft of hangar space.
South River Aviation recently purchased assets of the former Sonoma Jet Center at Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport in Northern California. South River is retaining the FBO’s name, and general manager John Bridi and the 14 full- and part-time employees are staying on board. South River’s Joshua and Julia Hochberg are planning to expand Sonoma Jet Center’s maintenance business and upgrade the appearance of the FBO.
Million Air’s newest franchise FBO at San Bernardino International Airport in Southern California held a grand opening ceremony on August 6. The former Norton AFB closed in 1994, and growing industrial use of local land by companies such as Stater Brothers Markets, Mattel, Kohl’s and Pep Boys Auto stimulated the local airport authority’s desire to improve the airport infrastructure.
Signature Flight Support's San Francisco FBO celebrated its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on August 2.
Reno-based FBO and charter operator Jet West took over the former Air Trails FBO at Salinas Municipal Airport in central California last year and remodeled the entire facility. Jet West Salinas held a grand opening on March 1. Salinas is a convenient alternate airport when the Monterey peninsula is fogged in, said Jet West general manager Ryan Gauger.
AOPA filed a friend of the court brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals (District of Columbia) in the case of the city of Santa Monica (Calif.) versus the FAA. The city is trying to prevent Category C and D jets from using Santa Monica Airport.