Due to a technicality, the FAA last month dismissed the Part 16 complaint against the city of Venice, Fla., for denying permits for the sole FBO at Venice Municipal Airport to build four new 8,000-sq-ft hangars for business jets, turboprops and helicopters. The Venice Jet Center filed the complaint two years ago, but since then the FBO was bought in receivership by Tristate Aviation and renamed Suncoast Air Center.
Independent completion and refurbishment center BaySys has signed an agreement with Royal Air Maroc and "a strategic regional investor" to support development of an executive cabin maintenance facility in Casablanca, Morocco.
Oriens Advisors, a UK-based consultancy group looking to support entry-level jet operations and helping airports to fulfill their real-estate potential, has set up a new headquarters at London Biggin Hill Airport. The company's EA Aviation subsidiary is managing 27,000 sq ft of hangar space there, along with 14 offices and an annex next to the hangars where Oriens itself is now based.
Oxford Airport, some 40 miles northwest of London, has broken ground on a 47,700-sq-ft, three-bay hangar, making it the largest facility built at the airport to date. It will increase the total hangar space available at the airport to 240,500 sq ft. Offering independent landside access, office space and car parking, the new facility is scheduled for completion by December.
Oxford Airport, some 40 miles northwest of London in the UK, has broken ground on a 47,700-sq-ft, three-bay hangar, making it the largest facility built at the airport to date. It will increase the total hangar space available at the airport to 240,500 sq ft. Offering independent landside access, office space and car parking, the new facility is scheduled for completion by December.
Lyon Bron Airport in France held a grand opening for a new 32,000-sq-ft hangar on April 2. The $4.7 million facility includes 2,800 sq ft of office space. Green features of the hangar include 15,000 sq ft of solar cells on the roof, capable of producing 90 megawatt-hours of electricity per year. Another part of the roof is covered with vegetation that will retain rainwater.
Business Jet Center at Oakland International Airport in Northern California has expanded its hangar space to more than 100,000 sq ft with the addition of a 15,000-sq-ft hangar. An ExxonMobil Avitat facility, Business Jet Center has seen demand for hangar space at Oakland grow steadily over the past 18 months, according to manager David Mills.
Lyon Bron Airport (Booth No. 545) inaugurated a 32,000-sq-ft hangar on April 2. The $4.7 million facility, designated H8, can hold nine business aircraft. It also offers 2,800 sq ft of office space. The French airport received an ISO 9001 rating in March. Its business aviation enclave plans to build four more hangars pending a demonstration of sufficient demand.
Ambassador Jet Center, based at Dallas Executive Airport (formerly
Dulles Jet Center–which is now closed after three of its four 40,000-sq-ft hangars collapsed on February 6, succumbing to the weight of more than 32 inches of snow–plans to rebuild at its site on the west side of Washington Dulles International Airport.