Private-aviation catering provider Air Culinaire has augmented its Florida network with the establishment of another company-owned and -operated kitchen. The location, three miles from Miami International Airport (MIA), is the third in the Sunshine State for the Universal Weather & Aviation subsidiary. The new location will supply aircraft operating at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International, Fort Lauderdale Executive, Opa-Locka Executive, Kendall-Tamiami Executive and MIA.
GA Telesis has expanded its service offerings to include component support solutions for defense and government applications. The new operation will have its principal headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The company specializes in commercial aircraft and jet engine leasing, component maintenance as well as maintaining a comprehensive and independent replacement aerospace component inventory network.
A Florida court has upheld Miami-Dade County’s decision to award Landmark Aviation a 10-year operating lease for its FBO at Miami International Airport (MIA). Former operator Signature Flight Support had filed a lawsuit against the county, alleging that Landmark “knowingly submitted false and/or misleading financial information to meet a request for proposal’s minimum qualifications.”
AJ Walter Aviation is adding a sales office in Miami to complement its component inventory hub operations in Los Angeles and Miami. “Our U.S. business has grown to the point we believe our customers will be better served with a local sales and marketing facility,” Angela Garber, AJ Walter Aviation’s regional v-p sales for the Americas, told AIN.
Unlike many charter operators that saw revenues decline last year, Sky Limo Air Charter revenues grew during 2009, to more than $6 million before November, up from $2.5 million in 2008. Sky Limo, based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was granted Platinum status by ARG/US late last year. The company added five aircraft during the past few months, including two Gulfstream G200s used for international trips, as
well as additional staff.
Fort Lauderdale-based CRS Jet Spares is in negotiations to add facility space in Hong Kong. “We’ve been studying the Asia market for three years and we feel the time is right to make the move,” CEO Armando Leighton told AIN. The company is currently moving inventory to the West Coast so the Hong Kong facility can be quickly stocked once it is opened.
Starlite Aviation Catering has opened a facility in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.,“just minutes from Hollywood International Airport.” It is the first major expansion for the company, established in 1985 and headquartered in West Palm Beach, Fla. The new location will handle orders through its West Palm Beach call center but will serve half a dozen Fort Lauderdale-area airports, including Kendall-Tamiami, Miami International and Opa Locka.
With the recent receipt of an FAR Part 145 repair station certificate, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Hop-A-Jet is now offering maintenance to outside customers, primarily on Learjets and Challengers. The move is an extension of the charter firm’s in-house maintenance facility that heretofore has been servicing the company’s fleet of 14 Learjets and Challengers.
The opening of a public-use heliport isn’t as rare as, say, the passage of a really visible comet, or a Mets victory in a World Series. But only just. That’s why the recent opening of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.’s new downtown heliport was so remarkable. Before the June 5 opening of the new facility, there were 265 authorized private helipads in the state of Florida and just two public-use heliports, only one of which was in a downtown area.
Aero Toy Store, already expanding its interior completion and refurbishment facilities in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., expects to open a 45,000-sq-ft completion and refurbishment center this month at Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport in Montreal. The center will include upholstery and cabinetry shops.
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