In an 8-K filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission last month, Macquarie Infrastructure revealed that it is adding two FBOs at Norman Mineta San Jose International Airport in Northern California to its acquisition of the Mercury Air Centers FBO chain. The deal calls for Mercury to buy the San Jose Jet Center and ACM Aviation. If all goes as planned, Macquarie will add 26 FBOs to its existing Atlantic Aviation FBO chain.
Allied Capital, the private-equity firm owner of the Mercury Air Centers FBO chain, has agreed to sell its 24 FBOs to Macquarie Infrastructure, a publicly traded Australian company that also owns the Atlantic Aviation FBO chain. The $456.2 million deal includes 24 Allied Capital FBOs, which include Mercury Air Centers (purchased in 2004 from Mercury Air Group), Corporate Wings, FirstAir and IX Jet Center.
Tampa International Airport (TPA) will have a new FBO by midsummer. Air BP announced last month it would provide fuel and related services to the new business, owned by Mike Azzarelli. AIN has learned that FBO industry veteran Phil Botana will manage the operation. Most recently president of Flightcraft of Portland, Ore., Botana has made the move to Florida and will start work with the new operation this month.
New chain Encore FBO now has four bases, having purchased Business Aviation Services of Sioux Falls, S.D., late last year. Encore’s other U.S. location is Addison, Texas, where it has a management agreement to operate facilities and provide fuel. In Europe, Encore FBO bought two FBOs, Euralair at Paris Le Bourget and FBO Dublin in Ireland. An Encore spokeswoman told AIN, “We’re working on getting the fueling rights” in Dublin.
This year’s AIN North American FBO survey, like its predecessors, is intended to be a pilots’ guide to the FBOs with which they do business. Although the survey’s ratings of individual FBOs give the appearance of a contest, this is not its purpose. There is no voting, only evaluations by pilots familiar with the service providers and facilities.
Signature Flight Support’s scheduled opening this month of a new FBO at Doncaster Robin Hood Airport in northern England marks the latest addition to the U.S.-based group’s fast-expanding European network. Its other 18 FBOs in Europe collectively handled some 40,000 movements last year, according to European managing director David Best, who said all bases are seeing strong growth with increased movements and good financial performance.
Universal Weather & Aviation is at Booth Nos. 209 and 615 on the NBAA’06 exhibit floor featuring the expanded capabilities brought to the Houston aviation services company by FBO Manager software, acquired through the recent purchase of Cornerstone Logic.
Horizon Business Concepts this month introduced an online service that allows operators to register FBO service requests and obtain fuel confirmations on the Internet.
Called FlashTurn, the service uses Horizon’s TotalFBO accounting and aviation management software, and the company automatically enrolls all TotalFBO customers. Horizon invites all other FBOs to subscribe as well, however.
Universal Weather and Aviation is unveiling several new services and tools here at NBAA’06 at Booth No. 209. Its 2007 UVTripPlanner software release is making its debut, along with an interactive CD-ROM version. Visitors also can see the prototype Web-based version of UVTripPlanner.
Scottsdale (Ariz.) Air Center and its sibling, Santa Fe (N.M.) Air Center will soon have new ownership. Current owner Herb Marchman has signed a purchase agreement with Ross Aviation for the two facilities. Backed by private equity firm Centre Partners, Ross Aviation is on the acquisition trail and recently bought its first FBO at Jefferson County (Jeffco) Airport outside Denver.