Construction began at the end of January on a runway expansion project at Florida’s Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport with a price tag of nearly $800 million. The work will shift and lengthen Runway 9R/27L from its current 5,276 feet to 8,000 feet, giving the rapidly growing airport two parallel runways that can accommodate airline flights. The expansion is expected to increase the airport’s capacity from 84 flights per hour to more than 100.
Lakeland, Fla.-based Gulf Coast Avionics has entered into a marketing and sales partnership with Platinum Aviation in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach. Under the agreement, Gulf Coast Avionics will be the exclusive supplier of avionics sales, service and installation and pilot supply products to Platinum Aviation.
GippsAero appointed Tallahassee, Fla.-based Flightline Group as its authorized dealer for the Southeast U.S. last Thursday. The Australian-based manufacturer, which is owned by Mahindra Aerospace of Mumbai, India, currently produces the GA8 Airvan utility aircraft and it is developing the 10-seat GA10 turboprop single. Flightline Group is also the authorized dealer for Piper in the Southeast and for Honda Aircraft in the Southeast and Northeast.
Enterprise Florida (Booth N77), a public-private partnership that oversees the U.S. state’s economic development efforts, attends Singapore and other global air shows to help Florida companies in industries that include aviation, aerospace and defense with global expansion and trade leads.
Moscow Sheremetievo Airport’s newly built Terminal A–a dedicated business jet facility operated by Avia-Group–is now open, airport general manager Mikhail Vasilenko said this week. This completes the airport’s major reconstruction effort launched in the late 1990s.
According to Vasilenko, Terminal A was built to “high” international standards to secure Sheremetievo as “the best of the premium segment in the business aviation market.”
Emerald Coast Aviation has closed its doors at Destin Airport approximately nine months after the MRO subleased services for Miracle Strip Aviation. Emerald Coast offered maintenance and flight instruction for Miracle Strip. Emerald Coast continues to maintain an FBO at Crestview, Florida’s Bob Sikes Airport and also provides fueling service at Northwest Florida Regional Airport. Jonathon Dunn, president of Emerald Coast Aviation, declined to comment.
After more than 30 years as Turnberry Aviation, the corporate flight department for the Turnberry Hotel Group, the company has expanded into an FBO at Miami’s Opa-locka Executive Airport (OPF). The FBO acquired its own fuel-service capabilities and is now known as Fontainebleau Aviation.
Atlantic Aviation recently completed the renovations at its McCarran International Airport FBO in Las Vegas, one of the chain’s busiest locations.
The improved facility’s features include six separate designated seating areas, an Internet café in the pilots’ lounge, private data rooms for passengers, conference rooms with audiovisual capabilities, customer coffee bar, on-site bistro and Wi-Fi access throughout the facility.
The City of Pompano Beach is extending the main runway at Pompano Beach Airpark by 500 feet. Upon completion early this year, Runway 15-33 at the Fort Lauderdale area airport will be 4,918 feet long, allowing for easier takeoffs and landings and affording an increased level of safety.
The present expansion is somewhat ironic. The city–in an attempt to emphasize the former military training base’s GA-only usage–shortened 15-33 from its original length of 5,000 feet to its current length of 4,420 feet in 1971.
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Gulfstream International Airlines continues its transformation with a name change–to Silver Airways Corp.
The airline emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in May, when its new owner, Chicago-based asset management firm Victory Park Capital, provided $5 million in debtor-in-possession funding.