According to Jeff Zacharius, president of Savannah Air Center, the new 101,000-sq-ft completion hangar that opened in February is already at near capacity with a mix of 10 aircraft–Challenger 850s, Global 5000s and Global Express XRSes. All are part of green cabin completion work that now makes up a major portion of Savannah Air’s work.
The Northeastern group of companies, which bills itself as a “specialty services operator” because it isn’t an FBO (no fuel service), is building a new hangar at Republic Airport in Farmingdale, N.Y. The most recent addition was a $4 million, 35,000-sq-ft hangar, and next year the company’s fourth hangar should open, adding another 35,000 sq ft of hangar and 17,500 sq ft of office and shop space to Northeastern’s 16-acre complex.
After managing and operating the Apex Aviation FBO at Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa, Calif., since January, Kaiserair has purchased the FBO and begun remodeling the facility. Kaiserair’s plans for the new Santa Rosa Jet Center include a new fuel farm, a 30,000-sq-ft hangar, a renovated 8,000-sq-ft FBO terminal and more hangars for tenant storage.
During the current economic climate, when many completion and refurbishment centers are struggling–some merely to survive–Savannah Air Center appears to be doing quite well. In fact, the Savannah, Ga. center is doing well enough to embark on construction of a new 12,500-sq-ft cabinetry shop and begin planning for an additional 70,000-sq-ft hangar.
Dassault Falcon Jet officials broke ground last month on a 32,200-sq-ft building complex across the street from the company’s Teterboro, N.J. headquarters that will serve as a base for the flight-operations department and the Falcon demonstration fleet. The hangar, accounting for 22,500 sq ft of the project, will be able to accommodate up to six Falcons, including the new Falcon 7X.
SunBorne broke ground on a 36,000-sq-ft office and hangar facility on the company’s 125-acre Centennial InterPort property at Centennial Airport near Denver. SunBorne has applied to operate an FBO at the facility but might lease it to another company for aviation uses. This development should be done in the first quarter of next year.
TAG Aviation is working hard to provide European business aviation with a resource it desperately needs–an airport to call its own. Even before construction work began this summer, the group made a substantial investment in an exhaustive lobbying effort to redevelop Britain’s Farnborough airfield as a dedicated business aviation airport.
DB Aviation is building a new 43,000-sq-ft hangar at its Waukegan (Ill.) Regional Airport FBO. The new hangar, which includes 5,500 sq ft of office space, should open on December 1. In addition to FBO services, DB Aviation also provides charter, management and maintenance services to Chicago-area customers.
England’s Oxford Airport will be the new home of PremiAir’s fixed-wing maintenance operations. The company’s Hawker Beechcraft authorized service center will make the move next September from PremiAir’s headquarters on Blackbushe Airport, Surrey. The Blackbushe facility will become a dedicated rotary-wing maintenance base.
For the past eight years Spectra Jet has focused its certified repair station exclusively on Learjets. The recent completion of a new 18,000-sq-ft hangar on Springfield Beckley Municipal Airport allowed the company to expand its capacity.