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.
Galaxy Aviation at Witham Field (SUA) in Stuart, Fla., is nearly ready to open three 12,000-sq-ft hangars and attached offices that will be available for lease to corporate aircraft operators. Tenants will have access to Galaxy’s full-service FBO, including passenger terminal, crew lounge, flight-planning room and conference room. The FBO also has two existing large-aircraft hangars.
Work has begun on TAG Aviation’s major redevelopment of Britain’s Farnborough airfield as a dedicated business aviation airport. The goal is to secure the required civil airport license for Farnborough (EGLF) by the end of December next year, with work on the new executive terminal and a first set of three hangars likely to be completed by mid-2003.
While Bell Helicopter and program partner Agusta Aerospace are pondering their next moves in the ongoing saga of tiltrotor development (see page 1), both parties were recently informed by the U.S military that they must find space to store 19 military
Construction of Wing Aviation, which started last September at Montgomery County Airport in Conroe, Texas, is now slated to finish in the fall instead of this month, as originally scheduled. The new facility will include a 40,000-sq-ft maintenance hangar and a 14,000-sq-ft paint hangar. Wing’s new 12,000-sq-ft terminal building will house crew and passenger lounges, a conference room, flight-planning room, showers, gym and other amenities.
“It was definitely our second choice, but it turned out to be a good one.” That’s how corporate air transport manager Rich Sismour characterized GE’s move to Stewart International Airport (SWF) in Newburgh, N.Y., from Westchester County Airport (HPN) in White Plains, N.Y.
Earlier this year, Thunder Aviation at Spirit of St. Louis Airport (SUS) opened a new 30,000-sq-ft hangar adjacent to its terminal building. The new facility gives the FBO a total of 110,000 sq ft under roof, with more than 80,000 sq ft of aircraft storage space. Overnight hangar storage is available as are plane-side vehicle transfer, cabin cleaning service, lavatory service, ground power units, maintenance and an avionics shop.
That may jinx it, but the new maintenance service center hangar for PrivateSky at Fort Myers (Fla.) Airport (RSW) is being built to withstand a class 5 hurricane. The only one so built, the new climate-controlled hangar will be able to accommodate up to a dozen Gulfstream-size aircraft at PrivateSky’s FAR Part 145 repair station. An overhead crane will be installed for removing engines.