Officials at Florida’s Destin Fort Walton Beach Airport and the owners of Destin Jet, one of two FBOs on the field, are working to resolve a dispute involving county anti-trust safeguards and FAA grant assurance violations that resulted when the owners of Destin Jet allegedly purchased rival provider Regal Air Destin at the end of last year and continued to operate both facilities without notifying the airport authority.
Cessna Aircraft Company (SNF 001, 004) of Wichita and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU; NE 021-NE 025) of Daytona Beach, Fla., announced here at Sun ’n’ Fun a long-term agreement for the purchase of 57 Cessna Skyhawk 172s. Deliveries of 29 aircraft are scheduled for this year with the remaining 28 slated for delivery next year. The aircraft will replace the Cessna Skyhawks currently used in the university’s flight training program at its Daytona Beach and Prescott, Ariz. campuses.
This week’s Sun ’n’ Fun Fly-In and Expo at Lakeland, Fla., will serve as a proof-of-concept test site for the synthetic air traffic advisory system. The new system on display in the Lakeland terminal uses off-the-shelf technology to provide pilots at non-tower airports with transponder-based traffic advisories. AIN will be covering Sun ’n’ Fun beginning tomorrow and will be publishing news online and in newsletters on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Million Air held an official opening on Friday for its $15 million flagship FBO at Houston Hobby Airport, which will also serve as the company’s headquarters. The 22,000-sq-ft facility more than doubles the size of the former building and features a three-story glass-clad lobby atrium spanned by a “sky bridge” that connects the building’s two wings.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency can now process non-U.S. citizen general aviation flight arrivals as well as those for U.S. citizens at New York Long Island MacArthur Airport. Arrivals are processed through the agency’s newly renovated facility at the airport’s main terminal between Gates B14 and B15. In operation from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m. seven days a week, the facility can clear a maximum combined 20 passengers and crew per general aviation flight.
In-flight catering provider Air Culinaire Worldwide opened an owned-and-operated kitchen in Miami, just three miles from Miami International Airport. The new kitchen becomes the third Air Culinaire Worldwide kitchen in Florida and brings the total number of owned-and-operated kitchens in the company’s network to 19. “Our new kitchen will provide fresh, regional cuisine and familiar favorites to clients operating to Miami for major events or operating to and from the U.S.
Embry-Riddle’s campuses at Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz. will hold a variety of aviation-focused short courses in a traditional face-to-face classroom environment beginning in April. Two three-day workshops at the Daytona Beach Campus will cover aviation safety management systems and unmanned aircraft systems.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency can now process non-U.S. citizen general aviation flight arrivals at New York’s Long Island MacArthur Airport. Arrivals are processed through the agency’s newly renovated facility at the airport’s main terminal between Gates B14 and B15. In operation from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m. seven days a week, the facility can clear a combined maximum of 20 passengers and crew per general aviation flight.
Commercial aviation has entered its second century, New Year’s Day having marked the 100th anniversary of the first flight with a fare-paying passenger. To celebrate, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has established 2014 as a year to reflect on the “contribution of aviation to modern life.” St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line flew the 23-minute first service across Florida’s Tampa Bay, using a Benoist Model XIV airboat with St. Petersburg mayor Abram Pheil in the only passenger seat. To mark the centennial, a Hoffman X-4 Mullet Skiff airboat retraced the route on January 1.
Activity among the service provider chains over the past few months suggests the FBO consolidation kettle is steaming again and whistling loudly. Last month, Atlantic Aviation, which previously had no Florida FBOs, made a big splash with the announcement of its $195 million acquisition of Galaxy Aviation. Atlantic added four of Galaxy’s Florida FBOs: at Orlando International, Northeast Florida Regional Airport in St. Augustine, Witham Field Airport in Stuart and Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach.