The City of Santa Monica City Council plans to introduce a law that will exclude large jets from landing at the city’s airport. The new law would prohibit operation of aircraft meeting FAA Airport Reference Code B-II, a standard that isn’t supposed to be used to limit operations at an airport, according to the NBAA. The B-II code refers to airplanes with approach speeds of less than 121 knots and wings spanning less than 79 feet.
Construction has begun on the new executive terminal at the Guardian Jet Center at Ontario International Airport, Ontario, Calif. The new terminal–which will have an expanded passenger lounge and a larger flight-planning area with real-time computer weather service–adds 5,500 sq ft of operating space to the company’s existing 46,000 sq ft of hangar and office area.
Aviation Development Group (ADG), in affiliation with Signature Flight Support, has announced plans to construct a private, master-planned hangar community at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) in Austin, Texas. When complete, the development will feature 69 individual condo-type hangars totaling approximately 215,000 sq ft, designed to house everything from single-engine aircraft to business jets as large as a Citation X.
SheltAir Aviation Services last month announced it will acquire the former Jet Executive Center FBO at Florida’s St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport (PIE), pending airport approval. A complete renovation of the FBO executive terminal, including a new business center and extensive renovations to the lobby and office complex, are planned, said SheltAir.
Aircraft operators will continue to receive bills from the city for landing at Santa Monica Airport (SMO), despite an FAA finding last month that the city’s landing-fee structure unjustly discriminates against certain types of aircraft. The FAA issued its 60-page ruling to the airport following a complaint filed last year by NBAA and two of its member companies.
Trajen FBO Network, which late last year acquired ski-country’s Aspen Base Operation, has further enriched its portfolio of FBOs in another, very different, resort area. Last month, management of the growing chain announced it had purchased the Ranger Jet Center FBO at Kissimmee Gateway Airport near Orlando, Fla., home of Disney World, Universal Studios and several other vacation theme parks.
Hamid Hashemi’s LAH Aviation Holdings purchased Avitat Boca Raton from Muvico Theaters on October 30. Avitat Boca Raton isn’t planning any short-term changes to its 17,000-sq-ft terminal and 75,000 sq ft of hangar space, but Hashemi is planning to build an on-premises high-end restaurant and an office building, according to an LAH spokesman.
In addition to buying Carolina Air Center on South Carolina’s Hilton Head Island in September, Signature Flight Support has also purchased Marathon Flight Services at Kissimmee Gateway Airport in Florida. Signature now has 83 FBOs worldwide, including 47 in the U.S. The Kissimmee FBO features a 7,000-sq-ft canopy that offers passengers and crews protection from the hot Florida sunshine and occasional rainshowers.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, state and local officials are drafting an incentive package to lure fractional provider NetJets to Orlando, Fla. E-mails obtained by the newspaper indicate that a delegation of Orlando leaders planned to visit NetJets’ Columbus, Ohio facility last month.
Plans for a third airport to serve the French capital have advanced with the release of a report naming eight possible sites. Pierre Zémor, the official in charge of the commission of inquiry into the sites, has unveiled the locations, some of which are nearly 100 miles from Paris.