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.
Despite some media reports stating that Piper Aircraft was recently sold to the Government of Brunei, the Vero Beach, Fla. airframer told AIN that the transaction of authority for the company from corporate finance and investment management firm Imprimis to Brunei’s Ministry of Finance was merely a formalization of the original 2009 sale of the company by American Capital. In a release the company stated, “Piper Aircraft has been an investment of the Government of Brunei since 2009.
Piper Aircraft is facing repayment requests of government incentives received in 2008 to help the company upgrade its Vero Beach, Fla., facilities to modern hurricane standards and buy tools and equipment.
Gulfstream International Airlines has reached an agreement with Saab Aircraft Leasing to buy six 34-seat Saab 340Bplus turboprops, the Fort Lauderdale-based airline announced in late October. It plans to deploy all the airplanes on its Florida/Bahamas routes, where they will replace 19-seat Beech 1900Ds.
Landmark Aviation has purchased the assets of the Falcon Trust Air FBO at Miami’s Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport. The deal includes an 18,000-sq-ft facility with a library, gym, media room, pilots’ lounge, flight-planning center, passenger lobby, sleep rooms, VIP suites and a conference room. There are also 42,000 sq ft of corporate hangar space, 25 T-hangars and 11 box hangars.
The process through which business aircraft passengers and crew can clear U.S. customs and immigration in Shannon, Ireland, has been significantly speeded up thanks to a decision to allow operators to keep their aircraft powered up while on the ground. This means that the procedures can be completed in just 45 minutes from chocks-on to chocks-off, compared with at least 80 minutes when all aircraft power had to be shut down.
“This place reminds people of the TV show Wings,” said Genevieve “Gigi” Hazle, speaking about the APP Jet Center at St. Lucie International Airport in Fort Pierce, Fla. Hazle was the assistant manager at the facility when AIN visited the Florida FBO early last month, but has since been promoted to general manager at APP Jet Center in Hayward, Calif.