NetJets expects to operate approximately 200 flights in and out of Florida’s Miami-Dade area this week for Art Basel in Miami Beach, a modern and contemporary art show. For the 12th year in a row, NetJets has partnered with the international show, allowing the fractional aircraft company to provide its customers with access to the entire event, including the preview opening. This year, NetJets plans to host more than 800 of its customers and their guests in an expanded, exclusive and private NetJets lounge in the collectors’ area of the show.
Landmark Aviation has purchased the assets of the Falcon Trust Air FBO at Miami’s Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport. The deal includes an 18,000-sq-ft facility with a library, gym, media room, pilots’ lounge, flight-planning center, passenger lobby, sleep rooms, VIP suites and a conference room. There are also 42,000 sq ft of corporate hangar space, 25 T-hangars and 11 box hangars.
A Florida court has upheld Miami-Dade County’s decision to award Landmark Aviation a 10-year operating lease for its FBO at Miami International Airport (MIA). Former operator Signature Flight Support had filed a lawsuit against the county, alleging that Landmark “knowingly submitted false and/or misleading financial information to meet a request for proposal’s minimum qualifications.”
AJ Walter Aviation is adding a sales office in Miami to complement its component inventory hub operations in Los Angeles and Miami. “Our U.S. business has grown to the point we believe our customers will be better served with a local sales and marketing facility,” Angela Garber, AJ Walter Aviation’s regional v-p sales for the Americas, told AIN.
Miami-based Air Platinum Club–which until recently was touting membership options in its Gulfstream IV-SPs, exotic cars, a beachfront condo and a yacht–appears to have folded last month. Its Web site is no longer accessible without a password and a recording at its listed phone number reports that the line has been disconnected.
Miami-based High Standard Aviation has been acquired by Ametek as it expands its MRO capability in the Southeastern U.S. market. High Standard Aviation, with annual sales of $31 million, specializes in hydraulic, pneumatic and electrical and electromechanical repair services.
Looking at the glass as half full, Latin American Aeronautical Association founder and president Ernesto Rois-Mendez points to the number of attendees and exhibitors at this year’s 10th anniversary ALA Miami 2003 convention and exhibition as evidence of the continuing interest in business aviation in Latin America.
Starlite Aviation Catering has opened a facility in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.,“just minutes from Hollywood International Airport.” It is the first major expansion for the company, established in 1985 and headquartered in West Palm Beach, Fla. The new location will handle orders through its West Palm Beach call center but will serve half a dozen Fort Lauderdale-area airports, including Kendall-Tamiami, Miami International and Opa Locka.
Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport FBO Jetscape Services has secured new investments that will help it launch and develop a chain of FBOs. Jetscape partnered with the Frost Group, an investment firm headquartered in Miami, and is planning to expand the Fort Lauderdale facility and add FBOs in the U.S. and outside the U.S. Jetscape celebrated its fifth anniversary on September 7.
Miami Executive Aviation celebrated the groundbreaking for a new hangar at Opa Locka Executive Airport in Miami on May 23. The new 70,000-sq-ft hangar, set to open in the fourth quarter, will be large enough for Boeing Business Jets or Airbus A319s and will include office space, conference rooms and shop space.
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