Paul Little, one of the wealthiest men in Australia and owner of aviation charter provider Little Aviation, has acquired the former John Holland Aviation Services aircraft maintenance facility at Tullamarine Airport in Australia and, according to reports, intends to establish a new private jet facility on the 50-acre site. The transaction, believed to be worth approximately $9.4 million (U.S.) is expected to close this month, pending airport approval, after which Little will spend a similar amount to refurbish the facility over the next year.
World Fuel Services (WFS) is promoting the AvPOS point-of-sale system as its payment software of choice for non-U.S. markets. AvPOS, from KHI, is specifically designed for FBOs and aviation merchants and supports World Fuel’s Avcard, the Multi Service Aero Card and KHI’s U.S. government Air Card. AvPOS enables FBOs and ground handlers to transact sales anywhere, including the ramp.
A new web-based portal to be launched in June will enable customers of BaseOps International to plan routes, file flight plans, access information such as Notams and aviation weather, and pre-arrange FBO services such as aircraft handling, fuel and crew needs, as well as concierge services, including hotels, rental cars and catering. BaseOps is a unit of World Fuel Services.
The city of Santa Monica’s efforts to discourage aviation activity at Santa Monica Airport (SMO) have had the desired effect. Piston aircraft operations have dropped 29 percent since landing fees were raised 2.5-fold last year and made applicable to all airport users, including based tenants. At the same time, the effect on business aircraft users of the airport doesn’t seem as profound.
Jetex Flight Support, which provides business aircraft handling services around the world and operates two FBOs in Europe, is planning an aggressive growth strategy that could see its FBO holdings triple over the next year. As the Dubai-based company celebrates its seventh anniversary, having launched at the 2005 Dubai Airshow, it revealed that four more FBOs were in the pipeline–including one here at Dubai World Central (DWC) to be built next year.
The National Business Aviation Association Aviation Support Services Safety Award is presented to aviation personnel employed for three or more consecutive years by NBAA member companies primarily for support of corporate/business flight operations and whose company has had no aircraft accidents during their employment period. AIN interviewed the top recipients for 2011.
Ron Ludema, president/owner, 45 years
Linda Ludema, vice president, 45 years
Mick Osborne, director of line service, 40 years
Fly into St. George (Utah) Municipal Airport (KSGU) and you’re likely to have your airplane serviced by a Hansen. With the assistance of his father Lowell Hansen, who taught airframe and powerplant maintenance courses at nearby Dixie College for more than 30 years, Justin Hansen started a small maintenance shop 13 years ago at the old SGU airport. Lowell, now 69, continues to help his 34-year-old son at the FBO that maintenance shop has become: Above View Jet Center.
Universal Aviation has opened an FBO at Venice’s Marco Polo Airport. The 24/7 facility offers ground handling, fuel and trip-support services, as well as concierge and customs, immigration and quarantine. The Venice base augments the company’s three other Italian bases at Rome Ciampino Airport and Milan’s Malpensa and Linate airports.
ExecuJet Aviation’s growing global FBO network now extends from new facilities in Australasia to its rebranded operation at Cambridge Airport in the UK. Late last year, the Switzerland-based group unveiled new bases at Wellington International Airport in New Zealand and at Melbourne’s Essendon Airport in Australia. Both, according to the company, have the potential for long-term growth, building on increasing business aviation activity across the Asia-Pacific region.
Conversion of the old Seletar airfield (situated on the north of the island, about 25 minutes drive from Changi) into a modern aerospace complex continues here in Singapore. Phase two of the government-sponsored redevelopment is nearly finished, and four companies that have moved into new facilities are showing them off to airshow visitors and local guests this week.
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