The Columbia group of aviation companies announced last month it has acquired Lakeland Air Service at Lakeland (Fla.) Linder Municipal Airport (LAL). The acquisition marks the sixth facility for the Columbia FBO network and the first outside the Northeast. Columbia is based in Groton, Conn. The new FBO will be known as Columbia Air Services-LAL and competes with Landmark (formerly Piedmont Hawthorne), the other FBO at LAL.
To paraphrase the sentiments on a popular plaque, FBO owners in these changing economic times need the courage to change business practices that need to be changed; the serenity to accept those that cannot be changed; and the wisdom to know the difference.
According to aviation professionals responding to this year’s AIN FBO survey, Piedmont Hawthorne at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) is the most popular gathering place for business aviation. The FBO received 420 evaluations, 81 more (about 24 percent) than its nearest competitor, Las Vegas Executive Air Terminal at McCarran International Airport.
Greek FBO Athens Aviation Signature is introducing a new tailor-made package called “Fly & Save.” The package provides free cleaning services and fuel discounts for frequent visitors, the company said at EBACE.
Flying Group, based in Antwerp, Belgium, reported it is in final negotiations for the takeover of the Euralair FBO at Paris Le Bourget. It plans to upgrade the Euralair facilities.
With the announcement last month of its intent to acquire Garrett Aviation Services, The Carlyle Group is creating a formidable business aviation industry presence in the U.S.
The Washington-based global private equity firm expected to close the $160 million cash deal to acquire Garrett from General Electric by the end of last month and will integrate Garrett into its U.S.-based Piedmont Hawthorne holdings.
The recently merged business-aviation entity now known as Garrett/Piedmont Hawthorne/Associated officially opened its new 18,000-sq-ft, $1.2 million hangar at Virginia’s Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport (CHO) last month. The new hangar was completed on time and under budget, according to the company, adding capability to the services Piedmont Hawthorne provides at CHO.
Landmark Aviation celebrated the opening of a new hangar addition to its Roanoke, Va. FBO on September 20. The $1.5 million hangar encloses 18,000 sq ft and will be used for aircraft storage. The FBO now has a total of 125,000 sq ft of storage space, according to Karen Roberts, FBO general manager. It also houses a Landmark aircraft sales and charter operation.
Landmark Aviation added a new $2 million hangar and office complex at its Raleigh-Durham International Airport FBO. With 13,500 sq ft of hangar space and 4,800 sq ft of office space, the expansion makes more room for based tenants at Landmark Raleigh. In addition to 24-hour FBO services, the Raleigh facility hosts Landmark charter and aircraft sales operations.
Piedmont Aviation Component Services announced that it has entered an agreement to sell all of its ownership interest to Tulsa, Okla.-based Limco Airepair. Limco will continue to operate Piedmont with the same name, facilities and employees.
Piedmont also announced it has met the standards and requirements of the ISO 9001:2000 certification process and has been registered by AQA as an ISO 9001:2000-compliant company.