“It was definitely our second choice, but it turned out to be a good one.” That’s how corporate air transport manager Rich Sismour characterized GE’s move to Stewart International Airport (SWF) in Newburgh, N.Y., from Westchester County Airport (HPN) in White Plains, N.Y.
Westchester County Airport
New York is a demanding business environment, especially in aviation. Panorama Flight Service, an FBO/charter operator at Westchester County Airport (HPN), has been around for three generations, starting as a sightseeing operation in 1958. In 1961, the company began its charter service. Twenty years later, it opened its FBO at HPN.
General Electric’s flight department was expected to move this month into its new 100,000-sq-ft hangar/office complex on 12 acres at Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, N.Y., about 50 mi north of Manhattan.
For all pilots and other crewmembers who have ever struggled across a windswept ramp loaded down with cabin supplies, Jet Systems/Avitat at Westchester County Airport (HPN), White Plains, N.Y., developed its “Galley Direct” van.
The environmental management system at New York’s Westchester County Airport (HPN) in White Plains has become the third such airport entity in the U.S. to win ISO14001 approval. The internationally recognized standard is among the toughest in the world, and airport management has committed significant time and resources to gaining the recognition.
Universal Weather & Aviation relocated its New York-area flight planning facility from Westchester County Airport (HPN) in White Plains, N.Y., to Jet Aviation’s FBO at Teterboro Airport (TEB), N.J. The new office, which houses the same sales staff, will offer a customer service desk, access to Jet Aviation’s pilot lounge and lobby area and more space for additional weather equipment.
GA activity at Westchester County Airport in New York is declining, according to airport manager Peter Scherrer. He said the decline is “worrying.” Avgas fuel sales dropped from 397,247 gallons last year to a projected total of 372,000 gallons this year.
A recent innovation at Jet Systems/Avitat at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y., is the customer commissary van. The commissary van is the brainchild of Jet Systems president Mike Dolphin, a veteran corporate pilot who recognized the need.
General Electric’s flight department is expected to move by the end of next January into its new 100,000-sq-ft hangar/office complex on 12 acres at Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, N.Y., about 50 mi north of Manhattan.
At the end of last month, Macquarie Bank of Sydney, Australia, entered into an agreement to purchase Executive Air Support, the Dallas-based group whose sole business is Atlantic Aviation. The transaction is valued at US$238 million. Combined with the five FBO AvCenters already owned by Macquarie, the deal for the 10 FBOs will triple the number of Macquarie-owned aircraft-service operations in the U.S.