Midcoast Aviation (Booth No. 3408), a long-time specialist in aircraft maintenance, modification and completion of midsize and large business aircraft, is moving into the narrowbody bizliner market.
After only one year in business, Wing Aviation is adding a second 20,000-sq-ft paint facility to handle steadily increasing business. The company is located at Lone Star Executive Airport (CXO), just north of Houston.
Ronson Aviation has announced plans for a new hangar and office complex to complement its existing 52,200-sq-ft facility at the Trenton Mercer Airport (TTN), N.J. Louis Aronson II, president and CEO, said, “We are pleased that despite a challenging economy, Ronson Aviation continues to enjoy steady growth from corporations and private pilots who appreciate the convenience and efficiency offered by our Trenton, New Jersey location.”
According to a Little Rock local newspaper account, hangar space is hard to come by in the state of Arkansas, especially the capital city. Adams Field (LIT) is reported to be tapped out on hangar accommodations, and some local businessmen said they are concerned the situation could curtail economic growth in the city.
Duncan Aviation recently christened this 19,200-sq-ft paint hangar. According to a spokesman, the new hangar “significantly increases” the capacity of the Battle Creek, Mich. facility, which expects to turn out some 100 aircraft exterior paint projects next year. The facility adds 40 more paint slots annually and can accommodate aircraft as large as the Global Express–and more than one at a time using a two-zone air-flow system.
FBO AvCenter at Burlington (Vt.) International Airport more than doubled the available hangar space on a portion of its leasehold earlier this year when it opened its new “South Hangar” complex. The construction project consists of a 17,000-sq-ft heated hangar and a dozen new T hangars. The large hangar replaces an older 7,000-sq-ft hangar that was on the same site. It has 12,000 sq ft of storage area and 5,000 sq ft of shop and office space.
At press time, there was still one hangar left unspoken for at the Paradise Aviation Jet Hangar construction project at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS). The Molasky Group has built seven private aircraft hangars on 10 acres adjacent to the airport at Mandalay Bay Road. The land is the last parcel remaining for private hangars at McCarran, the sixth busiest airport in the world.
Duncan Aviation recently broke ground on a 325,000-sq-ft expansion of its 200,000-sq-ft Battle Creek facility. The project is scheduled to be completed in March 2007.
Keeping light aircraft out of the elements is more challenging in some areas of the country than others. The cost and complexity of acquiring permits and building hangars of all sizes varies greatly. The AOPA’s Airport Support Network recently published online a step-by-step Aircraft Hangar Development Guide that can help bring a project through to completion.
Between 1991 and 2003 the number of U.S. companies operating business aircraft (of all types) increased to 10,061 from 6,584, and the number of aircraft to 15,879 from 9,504, according to NBAA statistics. Honeywell’s crystal ball sees delivery of 7,724 business jets between 2003 and 2013–not including bizliners and the industry wild card, very light jets (VLJs).