Paul Little, one of the wealthiest men in Australia and owner of aviation charter provider Little Aviation, has acquired the former John Holland Aviation Services aircraft maintenance facility at Tullamarine Airport in Australia and, according to reports, intends to establish a new private jet facility on the 50-acre site. The transaction, believed to be worth approximately $9.4 million (U.S.) is expected to close this month, pending airport approval, after which Little will spend a similar amount to refurbish the facility over the next year.
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A new web-based portal to be launched in June will enable customers of BaseOps International to plan routes, file flight plans, access information such as Notams and aviation weather, and pre-arrange FBO services such as aircraft handling, fuel and crew needs, as well as concierge services, including hotels, rental cars and catering. BaseOps is a unit of World Fuel Services.
The National Business Aviation Association Aviation Support Services Safety Award is presented to aviation personnel employed for three or more consecutive years by NBAA member companies primarily for support of corporate/business flight operations and whose company has had no aircraft accidents during their employment period. AIN interviewed the top recipients for 2011.
Ron Ludema, president/owner, 45 years
Linda Ludema, vice president, 45 years
Mick Osborne, director of line service, 40 years
Fly into St. George (Utah) Municipal Airport (KSGU) and you’re likely to have your airplane serviced by a Hansen. With the assistance of his father Lowell Hansen, who taught airframe and powerplant maintenance courses at nearby Dixie College for more than 30 years, Justin Hansen started a small maintenance shop 13 years ago at the old SGU airport. Lowell, now 69, continues to help his 34-year-old son at the FBO that maintenance shop has become: Above View Jet Center.
International FBO operator ExecuJet announced three new FBO additions to its line-up. At Essendon Airport in Melbourne, Australia, the company will expand its current maintenance facility to include an 8,100-sq-ft FBO with integrated lounge area, offices and stores. ExecuJet Melbourne also plans to include aircraft management and charter services in the new building, which is expected to open this August.
The strategy for large FBO chains backed by big private equity funds is to buy FBOs in wealthy destination markets, either major metropolitan areas with lots of business activity or high-end resort areas that are frequented by business jet travelers. Midsize markets don’t get as much attention, and that is fine with Greg Arnold, president and CEO of Truman Arnold Companies, which owns the 11-base TAC Air FBO chain.