TACAir has shelved plans to build a new FBO at Little Rock, Ark. Adams Field (LIT), citing “inability to obtain an attractive lease” and escalating costs associated with the proposed leasehold.
Decades ago, AIN published one pilot’s mathematical formula for calculating the conditions that made fuel tankering viable. It was back when the first fanjets were entering the market and, for the first time, business jet pilots could choose where and when they bought fuel on the road.
Signature Flight Support, which recently lost its lease for an FBO at New York La Guardia Airport and is expected to lose its leasehold at Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, N.C., has more than made up for these setbacks. Last month the BBA Group subsidiary agreed to acquire the 10 Execair FBOs from the Menzies group.
Fifteen years ago, one of my first assignments for AIN was to travel to the NATA Convention in Las Vegas. (You are now reading one of my last assignments.) The schedule called for me to arrive in Glitter Gulch on Friday, April 5, 1991, for the final day of the convention.
ExecuJet Europe this month is opening what it describes as the first dedicated executive aircraft FBO at Berlin Schoenefeld Airport. The round-the-clock FBO will phase in services over the next six months. When completed at the end of this year, it will offer fueling, on-site customs and immigration clearance, a pilot lounge and a flight-planning suite, as well as catering and concierge services.
Landmark Aviation completed a $300,000 upgrade of its Dulles International Airport FBO interior in June, marking another in the FBO chain’s series of new flagship operations. Included in the upgrade is a quieter interior, easier viewing of the ramp from inside the FBO, additional plush seating in the main lounge and a new hearth fireplace. The pilots’ lounge was moved to the rear of the facility and the weather room to the front.
Everywhere we look in aviation today we can see long overdue signs of an economic recovery and return to the good old days. However, if you look beyond the obvious indicators, you will see clues that in the future our industry will not look the same as it did five years ago.
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