Richmor Aviation is preparing to build a $1.2 million hangar at its facility at Schenectady County Airport in New York’s capital region. According to company president Mahlon Richards, the 20,000-sq-ft hangar will be divided into four bays (the inner two to accommodate aircraft up to Challenger 600-series size, while the outer pair can shelter aircraft up to Learjet 60 size) and is intended to attract more business jet tenants to join the six turbine aircraft already based there. Richmor expects to break ground on the new structure this summer and complete it before year-end.
Florida-based FBO chain Galaxy Aviation expects to break ground this month on a new hangar complex at its Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) facility. Known as Hangar 1, the 75,000-sq-ft concrete tilt-wall structure will have 28-foot-high doors capable of accommodating aircraft up to the size of a G650, and will be divided into two bays of approximately 33,000 sq ft each. Designed to provide shelter against the worst Florida weather, its construction will exceed hurricane wind code requirements, and the 16 private office suites will have hurricane impact glass storefront entries.
Jet Aviation Singapore has broken ground on a new maintenance hangar alongside its current maintenance and FBO operation in Seletar Aerospace Park. The existing hangar will be integrated into the new 80,700-sq-ft hangar, tripling its current size. Set to be operational early next year, the hangar incorporates a 27,000-sq-ft, two-story complex of offices and shops, including new battery, tire, upholstery and woodworking back shops and two paint spray booths. It features an approximately 80-foot-high arched roof to accommodate Boeing and Airbus business jets.
FBO chain and airport real estate manager Sheltair is nearing completion on the first of three planned phases in a $13.6 million new development project at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport. Expected to open within the first quarter of the year, the first phase of the facility will include 134,806 sq ft of hangar and office space on more than 11 acres.
Air Bound Aviation, the lone FBO at New Jersey’s Essex County Airport, has added a newly-renovated hangar to meet its customer’s needs. The 17,000-sq-ft structure, which until last year was part of the former Avantair FBO, recently completed a more than $1 million reconstruction project, including a new roof, hangar door and heating and cooling systems.
Atlantic Aviation has launched a multimillion-dollar program to upgrade its facilities at a dozen airports, including major additions at five of its FBOs. At Houston Hobby Airport the company will construct a 17,000-sq-ft, two-story environmentally friendly executive terminal with 5,400 sq ft of office space, and two additional hangars totaling 80,000 sq ft of space. The project, expected to be completed by the end of 2015, will see the site’s ramp space more than triple to 6.7 acres.
After a summer storm that wreaked havoc on the hangars at Shelby County Airport, authorities in the Alabama county expect to break ground this month on a new 11,920-sq-ft hangar. With a 120-foot by 40-foot door, the building will accommodate all business jets except the largest bizliners. Approximately 80 aircraft are based at the airport.
Business Jet Center at Oakland International Airport has embarked on the reconstruction of a former neighboring cargo handling facility to turn it into an additional 61,505 sq ft of hangar space. The $5 million project will bring the FBO’s total business and general aviation shelter at the airport to more than 155,000 sq ft. The structure will be able to accommodate multiple large aircraft, including the newly certified Gulfstream G650. “Demand for hangar space at our facility continues to outpace capacity,” said David Mills, the FBO’s general manager.
Atlantic Aviation has launched a multi-million-dollar program to upgrade its facilities at a dozen airports, including major additions at five of its FBOs.
King Aerospace Commercial Corporation (KACC) is expanding its Ardmore, Okla. facility to serve the customization, modification, refurbishment and completion of corporate and large executive aircraft. KACC began construction this month on a 25,000-sq-ft shop to accommodate executive aircraft cabinetry, upholstery and panel coverings.
Keith Weaver, executive vice president, told AIN, “We anticipate the facility will be completed and we’ll have moved in by about May next year. We’re looking forward to serving this customer base.”