Why are all NBAA Conventions now on the East Coast? Why doesn’t NBAA use Las Vegas anymore? How about Chicago and Dallas?
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GFK Flight Support broke ground on new FBO facilities at Grand Forks Airport in North Dakota last month. The $4.5 million terminal includes a two-story building with sky-lit walls, hotel-class lobby and additional hangar space, bringing the total to 130,000 sq ft. The building includes four classrooms, pilot pro shop, weather room, 25-person conference room, in-house theater and indoor parking spaces for aircraft owners’ vehicles.
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.-based Aero Toy Store announced Tuesday the grand opening of a Las Vegas sales center, located at McCarran International Airport. The sales and completions company owns FBOs and sales centers in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and Montreal, Canada.
Infinity Aviation Group has purchased assets of the former Keyson Airways and Keyson Enterprises FBO at Boire Field Airport in Nashua, N.H. Infinity, which provides charter/management and maintenance services at Nashua, is now a full-service FBO with an additional 40,000 sq ft of hangar and office space as well as several more maintenance and avionics technicians.
Wichita, Kan.-based Cessna Aircraft (Booth No. 8550) broke ground last week for a third manufacturing building in Columbus, Ga.
A new company called Phoenix Skyplan has joined the ranks of flight planning, handling and fuel sourcing providers. The new venture is a strategic partnership between Calgary, Alberta-based Skyplan and Phoenix Fuel of Sheridan, Wyo. Exhibiting here at the Phoenix Fuel booth (No.
Universal Avionics Systems Corp. of Tucson, Ariz., announced that Charles Edmondson, one of the founders of the company along with the late Hubert Naimer, has retired. The two men founded the company in Torrance, Calif., in 1980. As executive vice president, Edmondson had responsibility for Universal Avionics’ worldwide operations. More recently, he served as senior corporate vice president and as a member of the board of directors.
Park Electrochemical, a supplier of advanced composite materials for aerospace structures, is showcasing a newly introduced prepreg (pre-impregnated material) that the company said is tailor-made for aircraft interiors.
SheltAir Aviation Services has christened an FBO at Plattsburgh International Airport (PBG) in Upstate New York. The announcement marks the Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based company’s fifth operation in the state. According to SheltAir’s CEO, Ed Zwirn, Plattsburgh’s location just one hour south of Montreal makes it a good hub for U.S.-bound Canadian flights. SheltAir has also announced renovations to three other FBOs.
Sheridan, Wyo.-based Phoenix Fuel (Booth No. 4022) has unveiled a new image and Web portal to go with it.
The announcement followed closely on the heels of news earlier this month that Phoenix Japan Aviation Group, the company’s ground-handling provider at Haneda Airport in Tokyo, had opened its doors for business.