Gander is something of a legend in the history of transatlantic aviation. Its location in Newfoundland positions it well to serve as the last or first stop on the North American continent for airplanes to gorge on fuel before or after crossing all that water. Gander also felt the brunt of the 9/11 grounding, accepting 39 heavy airliners and absorbing their 6,595 passengers and crew into a community of slightly less than 10,000 people.
On July 12 Irving Aviation celebrated the grand reopening of its Gander, Newfoundland FBO, a 5,000-sq-ft facility built to replace the original FBO terminal. “Our Gander FBO is strategically located on the Great Circle Route and serves as a technical refueling stop,” said Arthur Irving Jr., v-p of Irving Oil. Irving Aviation, an affiliate of Irving Oil, is open 24/7/365.