Hawker Beechcraft operators flying to the Winter Olympics and the Daytona 500 Nascar race will have the support of the HBC quick response team. The company has introduced the team to support popular business, political, sporting and lifestyle events that draw large numbers of aircraft.
Former U.S. Senator Mel Martinez has joined the board of directors of Military Parts Exchange (MPX) of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a global supplier of nonmunition
Unlike many charter operators that saw revenues decline last year, Sky Limo Air Charter revenues grew during 2009, to more than $6 million before November, up from $2.5 million in 2008. Sky Limo, based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was granted Platinum status by ARG/US late last year. The company added five aircraft during the past few months, including two Gulfstream G200s used for international trips, as
well as additional staff.
Miami-based Air Platinum Club–which until recently was touting membership options in its Gulfstream IV-SPs, exotic cars, a beachfront condo and a yacht–appears to have folded last month. Its Web site is no longer accessible without a password and a recording at its listed phone number reports that the line has been disconnected.
Members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and its aviation subcommittee, including Republican leaders Reps.
With Orlando rapidly becoming the NBAA Annual Meeting and Convention’s unofficial home, the area is banking on the event–currently ranked as the nation’s fifth largest tradeshow–to provide a boost to the local economy.
A private jet terminal at Shanghai Hongqiao Airport is scheduled to open ahead of the World Expo in May. Construction is now well under way, with the terminal structure already completed but not yet outfitted inside. The executive terminal will have security inspections, quarantine and customs separate from the other terminals at Hongqiao Airport.
Naples Jet Center in Florida was born out of the partnership of two Rust Belt FBO owners, according to Bruce Byerly, who describes himself as “a third-generation aviation-family member.” After he received a degree in economics in 1992 from Vanderbilt University, he returned to work at the family FBO, Byerly Aviation on Greater Peoria Regional Airport in Illinois.
The recent slowdown in business aviation traffic growth across Europe has not deterred London’s Biggin Hill Airport (Booth No. 953) from pushing ahead with development plans. According to business development manager Robert Walters, traffic dropped by as much as 25 percent in the fourth quarter of last year but since then has been recovering somewhat.
The Jacksonville (Fla.) Aviation Authority is building a 21,000-sq-ft hangar and hoping a maintenance company will lease the facility. This is the airport’s first new hangar since the authority took over the airport from the U.S. Navy in 1999. Another 13,000-sq-ft hangar is available next to the new hangar and offers office and shop space.