John Batty, the newly appointed chief executive of the UK’s Business Aircraft Users Association (BAUA), has set himself a couple of important goals: a successful membership drive to boost the organization’s resources; and a closer and more effective working relationship with both the European Business Aviation Association and Britain’s General Aviation Manufacturers and Traders Association.
London Biggin Hill Airport
Establishing a foothold in the UK has long been a goal of Swiss-originated Jet Aviation, now with headquarters in West Palm Beach, Fla. The international FBO chain recently achieved that goal, opening its newest base at suburban London Biggin Hill Airport, famous as a pivotal Spitfire action station during the Battle of Britain in 1940.
A 35-acre site for a new FBO at London’s Southend Airport is to be offered to private developers. Regional Airports Ltd, which also owns the UK capital’s Biggin Hill Airport and operates an FBO at the Royal Air Force’s Northolt base, is positioning Southend to serve business aircraft operators wanting to get close to the government-backed Thames Gateway plan to expand London eastwards.
Sino Swearingen appointed Air Touring, based at London Biggin Hill Airport, as the authorized representative for SJ30-2 business jet sales and service in the UK and Northern Ireland. Air Touring will take delivery of six SJ30-2s between 2004 and 2006. Sino Swearingen, with headquarters in San Antonio and manufacturing facilities in Martinsburg, W.Va., expects to start delivering SJ30-2 business jets next year.
TAG Aviation will start building an executive terminal at the London-area Farnborough Airport right after this year’s Farnborough International Air Show. The $20 million facility will be the centerpiece of the business aviation center that TAG has developed at the airport, which it operates under a 99-year lease from Britain’s Ministry of Defence (MoD).
Work is set to begin on development of a major business aviation enclave at London Biggin Hill Airport (Booth No. 7329), with executive charter broker Air Partner International recently signing an 80-year lease to establish its own operating base on a 115,000-sq-ft plot.
Almost 70 years after contributing to the aerial security net around London during the Battle of Britain, Biggin Hill Airport is again to secure the safety of aircraft. Air Partner has signed an 80-year lease with the airport for a 115,000-sq-ft site on which to develop an almost $10 million high-security private-jet enclave.
London Biggin Hill Airport (Booth No. 1333) opened its new apron last month, significantly increasing available aircraft parking space to almost 270,000 sq ft. According to Robert Walters, the privately owned airport’s business development manager, the expansion will allow aircraft to be parked more safely and also increases capacity by some 60 percent.
The first of the new regional forums organized by the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) will be staged at London Biggin Hill Airport on September 10. The event, which is being hosted by the Jet Aviation FBO on the south side of the airport, will consist of sessions covering regulatory and operational issues, as well as a small exhibition.
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) is launching a series of regional forums. The first of the new events will be held at London Biggin Hill Airport on September 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.