Sometime in April, when the turquoise waters of the Florida Keys warm to a certain triggering temperature, thousands of prehistoric-looking fish called tarpon appear in schools on the shallow-water flats of Florida Bay. Soon after, they begin an annual circular migration on the Atlantic Ocean side from the middle Keys around Islamorada to Key West and back. Their backs are green.
SheltAir Aviation Services
Long Island Jet Center sold its Farmingdale, N.Y. FBO to Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based SheltAir Aviation Services and contracted with SheltAir to operate the company’s Islip, Long Island FBO under the SheltAir brand name. Under the agreement, which was scheduled to be finalized on December 1, SheltAir will also help manage Long Island Jet Center at Westhampton Beach, but that FBO won’t take on the SheltAir name.
A proposed new airport in Panama City, Fla., has cleared a final hurdle. In a record of decision signed on September 16, the FAA said the proposed new airport meets all applicable environmental and safety guidelines. The plan for the new airport calls for two runways–one 8,400 feet long and another 5,000 feet long–on 4,000 acres 20 miles northwest of Panama City donated by the St. Joe Company. St.
Sheltair Aviation Services (Booth No. 4600) has completed the renovation of its flagship facility at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. In addition to cosmetic improvements such as new interior furnishings and a redesigned customer-service station, the $1.2 million renovation enlarges the business center and flight-planning area. The Quick Turn café, also added as part of the enovation, is expected to open soon.
At Vancouver International Airport, Landmark Aviation added to its FBO inventory with the recent purchase of Executive Aircraft. The new FBO adds 80,000 sq ft of facilities to Landmark’s existing Vancouver FBO, which offers 110,000 sq ft of hangars, office and terminal space. Landmark is planning new ramp construction to join the two properties.
SheltAir COO Ed Zwirn told AIN at press time that his company is considering its legal options after the city of Atlanta threw out all bids for a new lease on the FBO at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
In August, Banyan Air Service celebrated a long-awaited groundbreaking ceremony for its 25,000-sq-ft terminal building with an attached 20,000-sq-ft hangar at Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Executive Airport (FXE). Plans for the new terminal were announced last November, but construction had been delayed by a combination of airport ground issues, financing and building permits. The new construction is scheduled for completion in May.
To paraphrase the sentiments on a popular plaque, FBO owners in these changing economic times need the courage to change business practices that need to be changed; the serenity to accept those that cannot be changed; and the wisdom to know the difference.
SheltAir Aviation Services expanded its Florida FBO stable to seven and total count to eight with the acquisition of Sowell Aviation Services at Panama City-Bay County International Airport. The purchase includes 40,000 sq ft of FBO terminal, office and hangar space.
FBO chain SheltAir last month finished building its executive terminal at Isla Grande Executive Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The FBO, which opened for business in San Juan last summer, said the new terminal features “state-of-the-art amenities.” In addition to San Juan, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based SheltAir also operates facilities at six airports in Florida, as well as the sole general aviation facility at New York La Guardia Airport.