Duncan Aviation recently christened this 19,200-sq-ft paint hangar. According to a spokesman, the new hangar “significantly increases” the capacity of the Battle Creek, Mich. facility, which expects to turn out some 100 aircraft exterior paint projects next year. The facility adds 40 more paint slots annually and can accommodate aircraft as large as the Global Express–and more than one at a time using a two-zone air-flow system.
Central Flying Services at Adams Field (LIT), Little Rock, Ark., claims it is the largest full-service FBO on the planet, with more than 550,000 sq ft under roof. Not satisfied with that claim, the FBO is beginning construction on a new 45,000-sq-ft storage hangar that will increase its overall size to about 600,000 sq ft. Construction is set to begin in the summer.
Truman Arnold Companies announced the addition of Knoxville to its TAC Air FBO network. The Texarkana, Texas-based chain now has 11 FBOs across the U.S. Located on the McGhee Tyson Airfield for more than three decades, the new facility has three large hangars, three rows of T hangars, and plane ports.
Tucked into the southwest corner of the Washington ADIZ lies Manassas Regional Airport (HEF), a bustling, rapidly growing general aviation facility with parallel runways and an FAA-operated control tower, and home to three full-service FBOs, four Part 135 charter operators and numerous other aviation-related companies.
Rifton Aviation, the upstate New York FBO formerly owned and operated by the Bruderhof religious community, has been sold. Located at Stewart International Airport (SWF) in Newburgh, N.Y., the ExxonMobil Avitat facility now operates under the name Supermarine, a sister operation to the FBO of the same name in Santa Monica, Calif.
The recently merged business-aviation entity now known as Garrett/Piedmont Hawthorne/Associated officially opened its new 18,000-sq-ft, $1.2 million hangar at Virginia’s Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport (CHO) last month. The new hangar was completed on time and under budget, according to the company, adding capability to the services Piedmont Hawthorne provides at CHO.
FBO AvCenter at Burlington (Vt.) International Airport more than doubled the available hangar space on a portion of its leasehold earlier this year when it opened its new “South Hangar” complex. The construction project consists of a 17,000-sq-ft heated hangar and a dozen new T hangars. The large hangar replaces an older 7,000-sq-ft hangar that was on the same site.
At press time, there was still one hangar left unspoken for at the Paradise Aviation Jet Hangar construction project at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS). The Molasky Group has built seven private aircraft hangars on 10 acres adjacent to the airport at Mandalay Bay Road. The land is the last parcel remaining for private hangars at McCarran, the sixth busiest airport in the world.
Duncan Aviation recently broke ground on a 325,000-sq-ft expansion of its 200,000-sq-ft Battle Creek facility. The project is scheduled to be completed in March 2007.
Landmark Aviation celebrated the opening of a new hangar addition to its Roanoke, Va. FBO on September 20. The $1.5 million hangar encloses 18,000 sq ft and will be used for aircraft storage. The FBO now has a total of 125,000 sq ft of storage space, according to Karen Roberts, FBO general manager. It also houses a Landmark aircraft sales and charter operation.