Banyan Air Service president Don Campion announced earlier this year his FBO has acquired the assets and adjoining leasehold formerly owned by Cav-Air at Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Executive Airport (FXE). The new real estate adds 35 acres of prime center-field area to Banyan’s existing 50 acres. Assets included in the deal were Cav-Air’s fixed-wing maintenance division, parts distribution business and line-service concession.
Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport
The opening of a public-use heliport isn’t as rare as, say, the passage of a really visible comet, or a Mets victory in a World Series. But only just. That’s why the recent opening of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.’s new downtown heliport was so remarkable. Before the June 5 opening of the new facility, there were 265 authorized private helipads in the state of Florida and just two public-use heliports, only one of which was in a downtown area.
The newest FBO at Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Executive Airport (FXE) is Aztec Jet Center, already well known for its charter, sales and management operations. At press time, Aztec planned a New Year’s opening for the FBO segment of its business, located on the northeast quadrant of the airport. The new facility has a passenger lobby and reception area, flight-planning and weather room and a pilot lounge with snooze rooms.
There were no serious injuries or major damage initially reported following three separate incidents of business jets rolling off dry runways on April 21. A Premier I (N390BW) veered off the side of Runway 27 while landing at Windham Airport, Conn. A Learjet 25B (N24RZ) ran off the end of Runway 9R and blew a tire on landing at Tamiami Airport near Miami.
GATES LEARJET 35A, CANCUN, MEXICO, AUG. 14, 2003–Learjet N403FW, registered to Aircraft Holdings and operated by Air America Flight Services, landed gear up at the Cancun International Airport (CUN) at 10:22 p.m. CDT. The airplane was substantially damaged but there were no injuries to the airline transport rated pilot and copilot, or to the three medical personnel onboard the airplane.
Attempting to land during extreme weather conditions, a Learjet 55 ran off the end of the runway moments after touchdown at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE), Fla., on July 19, shearing the main and nose landing gear and resulting in what an NTSB investigator called “significant hull damage.” There were no passengers aboard for the repositioning flight from Fort Lauderdale International Airport.
The NTSB is investigating crew-duty times, crew performance, crew training and aircraft maintenance issues in connection with the February 20 accident in which a Skylink Jets Learjet 25B, N24RZ, overran the runway and hit a building while landing at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, Fla. Of the four people on board, only the two pilots received injuries.
Learjet 55, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., July 19, 2004–Learjet N55LF overran Runway 31 during its landing roll at the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, in VMC. Neither the ATP pilot nor the commercial copilot was injured, but the airplane was substantially damaged. Repositioning the aircraft from Fort Lauderdale International, the crew was expecting to land on Runway 13, but it was closed and the tower told them to land on Runway 31.
Learjet 25B, Feb. 20, 2004, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.–The NTSB determined the probable cause was the pilot’s misjudged distance/speed while landing and the flight crew’s failure to follow prescribed emergency procedures. Factors were the flight crew’s inadequate in-flight planning/decision making, which resulted in a low-fuel condition; an open hydraulic relief valve; and inadequate maintenance.
Bombardier Learjet 55, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., July 19, 2004–Hop-A-Jet Learjet N55LF overran Runway 31 during the landing roll at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE) in VMC. The ATP captain and the commercial first officer were not injured, but the airplane was destroyed.