Cabin window shade specialist Aerospace Technology Group (ATG) raised more than $1,000 for the Corporate Angel Network last week at the NBAA Convention in Orlando, Fla. To raise the money for the charity, which arranges for unused seats on business aircraft flights to be used to transport cancer patients to treatment, show attendees made donations to have their photo taken with members of the NBA champion Miami Heat’s dance team at ATG’s booth.
Executive Air, the FBO at Yeager Airport in Charleston, W.Va., has reopened its terminal after completion of a major $750,000 renovation that saw the demolition and reconstruction of the facility’s ground-floor interior. Additions to the 4,000-sq-ft guest services lobby included a new airside vestibule and a new interior design featuring locally quarried stone, glass walls and furniture produced in the region.
While not a record, attendee registration was strong for the 2012 NBAA Convention in Orlando, Fla., which concluded today. At the end of yesterday, there were 24,748 visitors registered, down slightly from last year’s day two tally of 25,861, but up from the 23,831 registered in 2010.
Changes are coming for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Booth No. 1185). School president John Johnson and worldwide campus chancellor John Watret have established an Embry-Riddle Worldwide College of Business, which will effectively replace the current Worldwide Department of Business Administration for the university. This more formally structured college will serve more than 4,000 undergraduate and 2,500 graduate students who are participating in eight degree programs.
Atlantic Aviation has launched a multi-million-dollar program to upgrade its facilities at a dozen airports, including major additions at five of its FBOs.
It takes more than a monster storm and a potentially stifling presidential TFR to knock out the 65th Annual NBAA Convention and Trade Show. With Hurricane Sandy bearing down on the northeastern U.S. on the Saturday before the annual gathering, airlines began a chain of flight cancellations that eventually topped 8,000 before the storm made landfall in southern New Jersey on Monday evening.
With the NBAA convention taking place nearby in Orlando, representatives from Hernando County Airport on the Gulf Coast side of the state are on hand (Booth No. 4141) to show off new expansion plans. Hernando County is one of the fastest growing areas in the state, and though the airport has two runways of more 5,000 feet and a new control tower, officials recognized that it had a lack of storage space for larger business aircraft.
Sheltair (Booth No. 4253) wants NBAA attendees to know more about its property leasing opportunities, development and construction services. Since the mid 1980s Sheltair has developed, constructed and now manages more than 60 percent of all hangars and airside commercial office space at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (KFXE), one of the busiest general aviation airports in the U.S. Sheltair said that to date it has built more than 3 million square feet of aviation-related space at 19 properties in Florida, Georgia and New York. The company opens its 15th U.S.
Business aviation in-flight catering provider Air Chef Holdings has rebranded all of its divisions under one new name, Air Culinaire Worldwide (Booth No. 3024) and moved its headquarters earlier this month from Columbus, Ohio, to Tampa, Fla. Air Chef was founded in Columbus in 2000 by Paul Schweitzer, Air Culinaire’s current president, after he departed from NetJets as its vice president of vendor services. While at NetJets, he observed that the business aviation catering business was “fragmented,” so he formed Air Chef to help consolidate this segment.
About 25,000 attendees and 1,000 exhibitors are expected at the 65th annual NBAA Convention, which runs from Tuesday to Thursday next week at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. As one of the largest trade shows in the U.S., the business aviation convention is projected to have an economic impact of more than $51 million to the Orlando area, according to the Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau.