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.
“When we look at building a hangar for a client we see someone who has made a significant investment. It doesn’t matter if it’s a Cessna 150 or a Gulfstream V,” noted Seth Kohn, president of New Castle, Pa.-based Fleming Steel. “People usually buy the most airplane they can afford, so it is always a major investment for everyone. Our first consideration is what we need to do to protect that investment.
Customers in Southern California now have another option for their Pratt & Whitney Canada overhaul and repair services. Carlsbad, Calif.-based Jet Source, based at McClellan-Palomar Airport, is now able to service and supply components for engines manufactured by Pratt & Whitney Canada.
Airport property development company SunBorne signed a long-term lease with Arapahoe County Public Airport Authority for another 69 acres adjoining SunBorne’s existing 56-acre leasehold at Centennial Airport in Englewood, Colo. SunBorne’s Centennial InterPort now encompasses 125 acres, and the company is working with prospective clients on projects for the second phase of development.