Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Avfuel has added a trio of FBOs to its lineup of more than 600 branded dealers. Bellingham Aviation Services at Bellingham International Airport, located near the Canadian border, between Vancouver, B.C., and Seattle, serves as a gateway to the Pacific Northwest, as well as a tech stop for Alaskan-bound fliers. The facility offers transient hangar space, GPUs, lav service, de-icing and oxygen. The FBO’s maintenance division provides services such as avionics, general maintenance, inspections and major repairs for both piston- and turbine-powered aircraft.
The UVair FBO Network, launched earlier this year, announced several new California members and one Texas facility to its growing lineup.
The recently launched UVair FBO Network–an alliance between Epic Aviation and Universal Weather & Aviation’s UVair Fuel Program–announced it has added 10 members: in Colorado, Denver Jet Center at Centennial Airport; in California, Napa Jet Center at Napa County Airport, Jet West at Salinas Municipal Airport and both Maguire Aviation locations at Van Nuys Airport; in Texas, Textar Aviation at Dallas Love Field Airport; in Michigan, Grand Rapids Air Center; in Or
The UVair FBO Network, an alliance between Epic Aviation and UVair Fuel Program, announced its first five member FBOs this week: Edwards Jet Center in Billings, Mont.; Stevens Aviation in Greer, S.C.; Ambassador Aviation in Dallas; Bizjet International in Tulsa, Okla.; and Million Air Vancouver. The network is composed of “first-class” independent FBOs at U.S. and Canadian airports. To mark this debut, UVair FBO Network facilities will be offering double UVair or Epic Card Bravo reward points per gallon on qualifying transactions from July 1 through September 30.
Moving on from the February dissolution of a decade-long licensing agreement, Epic Aviation and Air BP are continuing to make strides in different directions. Epic, a privately owned fuel distributor known previously as Valley Oil, had acted as Air BP Aviation Services since the 2002 formation of a joint venture company with the oil company and managed the 300-location Air BP FBO network and its programs.
“Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor gloom of night…” With apologies to the U.S. Postal Service, that saying could have easily been the pre-Super Bowl mantra for every Indianapolis-area FBO. Remembering how a last-minute snowstorm blindsided last year’s Dallas-area FBOs, the folks in the Indy area weren’t taking any chances for a late blitz by Mother Nature.
In the wake of recent punitive measures against the operators of its San Bernardino, Calif. FBO, Million Air has terminated its franchise agreement with SBD Properties, one of several companies at the airport run by Scot Spencer, the airport’s developer, and T. Milford Harrison, the airport’s former executive director. According to Million Air, SBD failed to meet the terms of the franchise contract, and in a lawsuit filed in Texas the FBO network claims SBD owes it more than $800,000 in various costs, management and franchise fees.
Million Air–which has more than two dozen FBOs in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean–announced here at the show that its Alexandria, La., facility is its FBO of the Year award winner. Meanwhile, the Salt Lake City location won NetJets’s FBO of the Year award.
While most FBO chains go to great lengths to emphasize their branding and the extent of their network, one marches to the beat of its own drum. Denver-based Ross Aviation has quietly assembled a portfolio of 14 locations, but not a single one has the name Ross in its title.
It’s business as usual at the Million Air FBO at San Bernardino International Airport (SBD) in Southern California, following an FBI document-gathering raid of airport offices last week. On June 30, a grand jury report raised questions about how improvements to the airport were managed by Scot Spencer, “a convicted felon who served time for bankruptcy fraud in a federal penitentiary,” according to the report.