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.
During the NBAA Convention this month, Galaxy Aviation will donate a dime to the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Women and Children for every gallon of fuel it pumps at Orlando International Airport (MCO), Fla. The 281-bed hospital named for the golfing great has a regional center for neonatal care, maternal intensive care unit, pediatric trauma center and a children’s heart program. Nearly 90,000 babies have been born at the facility since 1989.
Why are all NBAA Conventions now on the East Coast? Why doesn’t NBAA use Las Vegas anymore? How about Chicago and Dallas?
NBAA has selected Orlando, Fla., as the new venue for its 58th Annual Meeting & Convention in November. The convention will take place from Wednesday, November 9 through Friday, November 11, a week earlier than originally planned. The announcement comes after NBAA was forced to move the event from New Orleans because of the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina.
Kissimmee Gateway Airport, which bills itself as the most reasonably priced and accessible Orlando, Fla.-area airport, has experienced strong growth in business aircraft traffic and fuel sales during the past year. Fuel sales (separate jet-fuel numbers are not available) grew 9 percent to 2.3 million gallons last year, and turboprop and jet traffic climbed 21 percent, according to an official.
Despite a last-minute change of venue and dates for this year's NBAA Convention due to the devastation of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina, it appears that the event–which closes tomorrow–will be as successful as ever. The number of exhibitors and aircraft on display at the Orlando, Fla. Venue exceed last year's show in Las Vegas, and there has been no decrease in expected announcements of new and derivative aircraft.
If the convention floor, static display, press conferences and seminars seemed more crowded than ever, that is because by noon today, the show's eight-year-old attendance record fell, as organizers counted 32,883 registered visitors to the Orlando Convention Center. The association set the previous record of 31,665 in Las Vegas in 1998.
Everybody suspected it would happen, and yesterday NBAA made it official: the show’s eight-year-old attendance record fell, as organizers counted 31,919 registered visitors to the Orlando Convention Center by midday. The association set the previous record of 31,665 in Las Vegas in 1998.
When Hurricane Charley slammed into the heavily populated west coast of Florida last month, it came with unpredicted fury. Forecasters had issued warnings for a Category 2 storm (sustained winds of 96 to 110 mph), but the system strengthened rapidly as it crossed the Gulf of Mexico. When it reached landfall at about 3:45 p.m.