Austin (Texas) Executive Airport, which is celebrating its one-year anniversary, has opened a new 26,650-sq-ft hangar for business aircraft, bringing the airport’s available hangar lease space to more than 63,000 sq ft. According to airport officials, the 6,025-foot runway and hangars can accommodate business aircraft up to the size of ultra-long-range jets such as the Gulfstream G650 and Bombardier Globals. Henriksen Jet Center provides FBO services at the airfield.
The ops specs for Duncan Aviation’s Lincoln, Neb., MRO facility now include Gulfstream service and maintenance for the G150, GIV and G500 series. The MRO provider says the addition is indicative of its steady economic recovery, which may prompt more construction in the near future.
Quick, what was New York City’s first municipal airport? If you answered Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, give yourself a pat on the back as not many people would know that. Fewer still appreciate the patina that the former airport, located at the southernmost tip of Flatbush Avenue, has accumulated over the past 80 years. As a teen I lived less than a mile from the site, and I scarcely knew anything about it.
Citing customer demand, Stevens Aviation has announced the expansion of its Broomfield (Denver) Colorado facility. While Stevens Aviation will remain at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport it has moved into a new facility elsewhere on the field.
“Over the last several months we continually ran out of space to put aircraft in the maintenance hangar. The new location allows us to handle the current growth with room for more,” said Randy Smith, general manager of the Broomfield operation.
Cooke Aviation is planning a major renovation to its FBO at southern California’s Van Nuys Airport, including additional hangar and ramp space.
Two hangar construction workers were injured yesterday–one critically–when the steel frame of a new hangar they were erecting collapsed at Paulding County Airport, northwest of Atlanta. Winds were reported to have been gusting to more than 25 mph just before the structure fell. Under construction for the airport’s FBO, the Paulding Jet Center, the 35,000-sq-ft hangar was expected to be completed next month. OSHA is investigating.
After constructing two hangars totaling nearly 44,000 sq ft last year, Fort Worth Meacham International Airport-based service provider Texas Jet has expanded its operations again with the acquisition of neighboring FBO Fort Worth Flight Support (formerly Phazar Flight Support). The purchase adds two hangars and an executive terminal that will serve as the facility’s new private terminal, according to Texas Jet president Reed Pigman. The FBO–which fuels approximately 10,000 private turbine aircraft a year–now operates 22 hangars at Meacham, totaling more than 400,000 sq ft.
Janesville, Wis.-based Helicopter Specialties (HS) is carving a national niche as a maintainer and refurbisher of EMS helicopters. Avionics technician Jim Freeman founded the company in 2000, starting with a single BK117 HEMS refurbishment in a 3,000-sq-ft hangar and a handful of employees. Today HS has 25 employees working in nearly 50,000 sq ft of state-of-the-art space. HS is certified to work on 22 different makes and models of helicopter and six different engine types.
Signature Flight Support acquired two FBOs in Mobile, Ala., from Azalea Aviation yesterday–Mobile Air Center at Mobile Regional Airport and Downtown Air Center at Mobile Downtown Airport. With the two facility additions, Signature now has 111 FBOs in its worldwide network. Mobile Air Center features 60,000 sq ft of hangars and a 16,000-sq-ft executive terminal and customer offices, while Downtown Air Center has 45,000 sq ft of hangar space and a 5,000-sq-ft terminal.
Jet Aviation Abu Dhabi appointed Peter Lewis as senior manager of its new operations at Al Bateen Executive Airport. The 30-year business aviation veteran brings experience in maintenance, project management and quality assurance to the new position. Meanwhile, the FBO plans to carry out maintenance using a 12,917-sq-ft hangar while its dedicated 25,833-sq-ft hangar is refurbished.