At Vancouver International Airport, Landmark Aviation added to its FBO inventory with the recent purchase of Executive Aircraft. The new FBO adds 80,000 sq ft of facilities to Landmark’s existing Vancouver FBO, which offers 110,000 sq ft of hangars, office and terminal space. Landmark is planning new ramp construction to join the two properties.
Garrett/Piedmont Hawthorne/Associated is closing its Long Island, N.Y. and Columbus, Ohio facilities. The engine work at Long Island, as well as at Springfield, Ill., will move to company facilities in Augusta, Ga., Houston and Los Angeles. Long Island’s airframe work and Columbus’s avionics work will go to the company’s Springfield operation.
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.