Miami, Fla.-based World Fuel Services has added the Orion Jet Center at nearby Opa-Locka Executive Airport to its preferred network of FBOs. The Ascent-branded facility offers business aviation clientele fuel, hangar storage, pilot lounge, flight-planning facilities, on-site U.S. Customs, rental cars, 24-hour gourmet catering and preferred hotel arrangements. Opa-Locka is less than a 30-minute drive from downtown Miami, South Beach, Bal Harbor and Fort Lauderdale.
The main cabin door of a Challenger 600 separated from the aircraft, shortly after the business jet departed Opa-locka Airport, Fla. (OPF) for a short VFR flight to Pompano Beach Airpark, Pompano, Fla. (PMP), on May 23.
After more than 30 years as Turnberry Aviation, the corporate flight department for the Turnberry Hotel Group, the company has expanded into an FBO at Miami’s Opa-locka Executive Airport (OPF). The FBO acquired its own fuel-service capabilities and is now known as Fontainebleau Aviation.
In the first four months since U.S. Customs operations began at Naples Municipal Airport, 183 aircraft have been cleared through the new facility.
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.
Cessna Caravan C208B, Opa Locka, Fla., Nov. 6, 2007–The Florida Air Cargo Caravan collided with the Island Air Service Beech 18 on a taxiway at Miami’s Opa Locka Airport. The Caravan had landed on Runway 9L and was cleared to Taxiway C. After crossing Taxiway P, the pilot saw the Beech 18 and tried unsuccessfully to avoid it. Both airplanes were substantially damaged but the three pilots were not injured.
Miami-based Safire Aircraft announced in late April that it would not build the in-development all-composite S-26 very light jet it had announced in February 1999. Instead the company plans to develop the Safire Jet, a larger, all-aluminum design that it claims will be 50 knots faster (380 knots) than the S-26 and have 250 nm more range (1,150 nm NBAA IFR), while still having comparable operating costs.
Facing a serious financial crisis that threatens to force the company into bankruptcy, Safire Aircraft was evicted from its offices at Opa-Locka Airport in South Florida last month for failing to pay the rent after the would-be very-light-jet manufacturer fell three months behind in payments.
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.