Florida

January 6, 2012 - 3:20am

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.

January 3, 2012 - 2:35am
Silver Airways

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.

December 20, 2011 - 4:25pm

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.

December 13, 2011 - 1:31pm

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.

December 6, 2011 - 12:50am

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.

October 10, 2011 - 2:25pm

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.

September 30, 2011 - 8:50pm

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.

July 29, 2011 - 12:25pm

“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.

July 27, 2011 - 6:55am

Landmark Aviation inaugurated the new Customs and Border Patrol facility at its Los Angeles International Airport location last month. The 1,400-sq-ft addition was designed in conjunction with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office and includes a holding cell, agricultural room, clearance space, computer room and additional office space.

July 26, 2011 - 10:20am

The aviation authority at Tampa International Airport has awarded the 20-year lease of one of its two FBOs, formerly operated by Signature Flight Support, to Landmark Aviation. Landmark edged out competitors Signature, Atlantic and Ross Aviation for the right to operate the facility, which pumps nearly two million gallons of fuel a year and houses approximately 20 aircraft.

 
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