Fuel distributor Avfuel now offers international flight planning and ground handling through its Avplan subsidiary. Avfuel currently provides fuel to more
With Orlando rapidly becoming the NBAA Annual Meeting and Convention’s unofficial home, the area is banking on the event–currently ranked as the nation’s fifth largest tradeshow–to provide a boost to the local economy.
Marathon Flight Services broke ground recently on an 8,000-sq-ft FBO at Kissimmee Municipal Airport near Orlando, Fla. The new facility is scheduled to open next spring. Marathon’s construction project reflects what has been a record-breaking year in air traffic at the general aviation airport, according to Marathon officials. In addition, Marathon will construct a 16,000-sq-ft hangar adjacent to the new FBO building.
Family-owned Marathon Flight Services recently completed a $1.6 million construction project at Kissimmee (Fla.) Gateway Airport (ISM). In business for 35 years, Marathon garnered a 45-percent market share at ISM last year and expects fuel sales of 850,000 gal by year-end.
After transferring its FBO operations to Atlantic Aviation, Ranger Jet Center at Orlando/Kissimmee Gateway Airport began building its new business center with offices and hangar space available to operators and businesses. In November, Ranger Jet Center held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new Osceola Sheriff’s aviation facility. The event also acknowledged two newly finished general aviation hangars.
Trajen FBO Network, which late last year acquired ski-country’s Aspen Base Operation, has further enriched its portfolio of FBOs in another, very different, resort area. Last month, management of the growing chain announced it had purchased the Ranger Jet Center FBO at Kissimmee Gateway Airport near Orlando, Fla., home of Disney World, Universal Studios and several other vacation theme parks.
In addition to buying Carolina Air Center on South Carolina’s Hilton Head Island in September, Signature Flight Support has also purchased Marathon Flight Services at Kissimmee Gateway Airport in Florida. Signature now has 83 FBOs worldwide, including 47 in the U.S. The Kissimmee FBO features a 7,000-sq-ft canopy that offers passengers and crews protection from the hot Florida sunshine and occasional rainshowers.
Kissimmee Gateway Airport, which bills itself as the most reasonably priced and accessible Orlando, Fla.-area airport, has experienced strong growth in business aircraft traffic and fuel sales during the past year. Fuel sales (separate jet-fuel numbers are not available) grew 9 percent to 2.3 million gallons last year, and turboprop and jet traffic climbed 21 percent, according to an official.
When Hurricane Charley slammed into the heavily populated west coast of Florida last month, it came with unpredicted fury. Forecasters had issued warnings for a Category 2 storm (sustained winds of 96 to 110 mph), but the system strengthened rapidly as it crossed the Gulf of Mexico. When it reached landfall at about 3:45 p.m.