Florida’s Kissimmee Gateway Airport (Booth 2976), about 15 miles south of Orlando, recently completed two major projects, a new five-acre Business Airpark as well as new taxiway and road access in the new AeroVista development. The projects make about 20 acres open to both aviation and non-aviation development.
The AIN team is in Orlando covering all the news from this week's 2014 NBAA show in Orlando, Florida. Monday's press day was packed with news conferences as exhibitors competed for media attention on the eve of the show. Keep coming back to AINonline.com for comprehensive reports, photos and video.
For many attendees at NBAA’s annual convention and exhibition, the static display remains the highlight, a showcase where airframers and aircraft brokers alike can present their finest aircraft. But while showgoers prowl the Orlando Executive Airport ramp this week, few will take into account the vast amount of logistics that goes into the precision marshaling of all those aircraft, as well as providing the support for them during the show.
Business aviation is on its way to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., to join colleagues, vendors, manufacturers and friends at the annual NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition. Pre-show events begin this weekend and the exhibit halls open at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, immediately following the opening-day general session at 8:30 a.m. in the south hall.
Miami, Fla.-based World Fuel Services has added the Orion Jet Center at nearby Opa-Locka Executive Airport to its preferred network of FBOs. The Ascent-branded facility offers business aviation clientele fuel, hangar storage, pilot lounge, flight-planning facilities, on-site U.S. Customs, rental cars, 24-hour gourmet catering and preferred hotel arrangements. Opa-Locka is less than a 30-minute drive from downtown Miami, South Beach, Bal Harbor and Fort Lauderdale.
At last year’s NBAA show, whatever good news could be unearthed about business aviation was dampened by the dismal impact of the government sequestration, effects of which are still evident. While the political machinations emanating from Washington, D.C., this year seem to have abated somewhat, there is still a threat of a government shutdown, but so far, at least, there have been no big eruptions of user fee proposals to mar this year’s show. Attacks on business aviation seem to have abated, too, perhaps because the government has more important items on its agenda.
Aspiring maintenance and other technical professionals will have an opportunity to witness what the industry has to offer on October 3 when 250 students will participate in a science, technology, engineering and math-based (Stem) educational event. The Aerospace & Aviation Career Day at Melbourne International Airport in Florida is sponsored by Northrop Grumman and held in cooperation with the Brevard Schools Office of Career and Technical Education and the Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Airplanes flying into Cobb County Airport-McCollum Field in Kennesaw, Ga., soon won’t have to clear customs at another airport, as officials last week broke ground on a dedicated, on-site U.S. Customs inspection facility at the airport. When the facility is complete, the general aviation airport will be the first in the Atlanta metro area to offer the service. Construction of the $800,000 facility is slated for completion by April next year, with customs services starting in July. A new $3 million, 80-foot control tower is also scheduled to open at the airport in April next year.
The Melbourne (Fla.) Airport Authority is expected to approve Embraer Executive Aircraft’s plans for a Legacy 450/500 assembly facility during a special meeting tomorrow morning. Embraer has proposed constructing a $76 million, 250,000-sq-ft building that would be situated between its business jet delivery center and Phenom 100/300 assembly facility on the north side of Melbourne International Airport.
Honda Aircraft today named Banyan Air Service of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., as the new HondaJet dealer for the Southeast U.S. The appointment replaces Tallahassee, Fla.-based Flightline Group, which was originally selected as the HondaJet dealer for this region in 2006. Banyan, based at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, will provide HondaJet sales and service for Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee and South Carolina.
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