SheltAir Aviation plans to finish its new FBO at Savannah Hilton Head International Airport around the end of the year and open for service early next year. The Savannah FBO will include a 7,000-sq-ft terminal and one hangar, and SheltAir is investing $7 million in the Savannah facility, which will finally make the airport a two-FBO field.
SheltAir Aviation Services
Pilots who are wondering when a second FBO will open at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport finally have an answer. In late 2006, Liberty Ventures announced plans to build a second FBO, which will compete with the Signature Flight Support FBO, but the planned mid-2007 opening never happened.
SheltAir Aviation Services has reached the 20-year mark and now consists of 11 FBOs–five in New York and six in Florida. SheltAir’s FBO business is part of Holland SheltAir Aviation Group, an enterprise that includes construction company Holland Builders and SheltAir Aviation Facilities, which owns and develops airport hangars and office space. The FBO network began in 1988 with facilities at Daytona Beach and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Northern Virginia businessman and helicopter pilot Scott Kasprowicz, along with copilot Steve Sheik, broke the New York to Los Angeles transcontinental rotorcraft speed record on February 16.
Banyan Air Service began as a small company serving the needs of small operators that had no dedicated maintenance department. As the Florida company has grown, president and head coach Don Campion has strived to maintain that small-company feel. “One of my driving forces in building this business is to be good at what we do as opposed to being a bigger company with a lot of branches or a chain,” he told AIN.
Last month, three separate major FBO deals were announced involving four heavy-traffic business-aviation locations. Atlantic Aviation will acquire two new leaseholds in California–the former Newport Jet Center at John Wayne Airport-Orange County (SNA) and the former Million Air at Palm Springs (PSP).
SheltAir Aviation Services last month announced it will acquire the former Jet Executive Center FBO at Florida’s St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport (PIE), pending airport approval. A complete renovation of the FBO executive terminal, including a new business center and extensive renovations to the lobby and office complex, are planned, said SheltAir.
All three Long Island (N.Y.) Jet Centers (LIJC) will soon get major facelifts. The three separate projects are expected to cost about $50 million, collectively, with work starting early next year and taking up to three years to finish. Long Island Jet Centers include facilities at Francis Gabreski Airport (FOK) in Westhampton Beach; MacArthur Airport (ISP) in Islip; and Republic Airport in Farmingdale.
Light aircraft fractional provider OurPlane last month took delivery of the first Eclipse 500 that will be operated under Part 91K fractional aircraft ownership rules. The very light jet (VLJ), Eclipse 500 S/N 066, is based at SheltAir at Jacksonville International Airport for a corporate customer. According to OurPlane, the event marks the launch of the company’s nationwide fractional VLJ aircraft service.
SheltAir completed interior renovations at its St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Fla. FBO and is planning to build 60,000 sq ft of new hangars at the airport. While SheltAir also renovated its Farmingdale, N.Y. FBO terminal, it is planning to build new terminal and hangar facilities there to serve the Northeast market. Also on Long Island, SheltAir upgraded the interior and exterior of its Westhampton Beach, N.Y.