On the heels of the announcement that Signature Flight Support’s bid for an $82 million FBO development project at San Jose (Calif.) Norman Y. Mineta International Airport was endorsed by the airport’s evaluation committee, Atlantic Aviation, the incumbent services provider on the field, has filed an appeal of the decision, asking that its proposal to last summer’s request for proposal process be reconsidered.
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The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) North Valley Occupational Center/Aviation Center will continue to operate its training program at a leased Van Nuys facility, now that the FAA has confirmed that its $1-per-year lease is permitted by agency guidelines. The current lease expires on June 30.
The announcement follows months of behind-the-scenes negotiations led by LAUSD board member Nury Martinez, Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-Van Nuys) and others to retain the LAUSD Aviation Center at Van Nuys Airport, where the lease cost had outstripped the school’s budget.
Meridian, the last independent aviation services provider at New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport, announced that it will enhance its West Coast operations with the basing one of its charter aircraft at Hayward Executive Airport in California. The company’s air charter division operates 21 managed aircraft across the country, and next month will reposition a nine-passenger WiFi-equipped Cessna Citation XLS to the San Francisco-area airport.
StandardAero Business Aviation is returning to Van Nuys Airport (VNY) in California. “StandardAero’s reestablished business aviation operation at VNY follows a decade-long absence from the location.
Meridian Air Charter, based in Teterboro, N.J., is expanding its operations to the West Coast as part of a long-term plan to serve existing clients better, while developing its charter and aircraft management services in the San Francisco area. The two-phase expansion involves opening California sales offices in San Jose and at Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa. The San Jose office opened in September and the Santa Rose office is scheduled to open in November. In the second phase of its West Coast expansion, Meridian Air Charter (Booth No.
The UVair FBO Network, launched earlier this year, announced several new California members and one Texas facility to its growing lineup.
Western Jet Aviation, a heavy-maintenance facility based at Van Nuys Airport in Southern California, has opened a satellite maintenance base at Reno-Tahoe International Airport in Reno, Nev. Located in the former Jet West FBO facility, the Western Jet satellite is equipped for light through heavy maintenance and staffed by two mechanics. Western Jet founder and general manager Jim Hansen said he plans to employ five to 10 mechanics at the Reno facility. “The airport is committed to grow,” he said.
It’s another election year and time for a fresh round of craven attacks on general aviation by the uninformed elected.
While Congress can’t seem to pass an FAA budget on time, that hasn’t stopped a few members from attempting to micromanage FAA authority in their own districts, especially if it helps them get re-elected.
Norton Property Management, which is owned by Milford Harrison and Scot Spencer, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on December 7.
It’s business as usual at the Million Air FBO at San Bernardino International Airport (SBD) in Southern California, following an FBI document-gathering raid of airport offices last week. On June 30, a grand jury report raised questions about how improvements to the airport were managed by Scot Spencer, “a convicted felon who served time for bankruptcy fraud in a federal penitentiary,” according to the report.