Ann Arbor, Mich.-based fuel supplier Avfuel has added five locations to its domestic U.S. network. Astin Aviation is the lone service provider at Easterwood Field Airport in College Station, Texas, adjacent to Texas A&M University and the George Bush Presidential Library, and the location is offering triple Avtrip points on qualifying purchases through the end of November.
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The City Council of Houston, Texas, voted yesterday overwhelmingly in favor of a 40-year lease for a new FBO at William P. Hobby Airport, one of the nation’s busiest business aviation destinations and currently home to five service providers. Black Forest Ventures plans to break ground early next year on a new $20 million Galaxy FBO facility that will include a 20,000-sq-ft terminal and a pair of 38,000-sq-ft hangars capable of holding G650-size business jets.
Airplanes flying into Cobb County Airport-McCollum Field in Kennesaw, Ga., soon won’t have to clear customs at another airport, as officials last week broke ground on a dedicated, on-site U.S. Customs inspection facility at the airport. When the facility is complete, the general aviation airport will be the first in the Atlanta metro area to offer the service. Construction of the $800,000 facility is slated for completion by April next year, with customs services starting in July. A new $3 million, 80-foot control tower is also scheduled to open at the airport in April next year.
South Florida’s Gulf Coast has long been known as a destination for snowbirds, those Northerners who flee winter’s wrath for the balmy climate of places like Fort Myers. At the city’s Page Field, the airport-owned FBO, known officially as Base Operations at Page Field, is the lone services provider. Built and operated by the Lee County Port Authority, the FBO sees seasonal swings in traffic, with the tempo picking up before Thanksgiving and lasting through Easter.
StandardAero Business Aviation received FAA Satellite Repair Station authorization for its new satellite facility at Houston Hobby (HOU) Airport. The company launched the new repair station last June to supplement its facility at George Bush International (IAH).
The Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) on August 7 said it was pleased to see the transfer of the Federal Flight Deck Officer Program (FFDO) by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to the assistant administrator for Training and Workforce Engagement. The FFDO allows qualified airmen to carry sidearms into the cockpit. ALPA president Lee Moak said, “TSA’s decision to bring the program under TWE is positive action to ensure that FFDOs receive the strongest possible training.”
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has issued long-promised guidance adopting the position of the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) regarding when an on-airport repair station is responsible for large aircraft on its property under the new aircraft repair station security regulation.
A new seaplane service connecting New York City with Boston and Washington, D.C., will make its debut this month. Tailwind Air Service has partnered with established New England seaplane operator and charter provider Fly the Whale and will conduct morning flights aimed at business travelers, using amphibious Cessna 208 Caravans departing 23rd Street on Manhattan’s East River.
An Israel Aircraft Industries Westwind II was destroyed when it crashed into a field shortly after takeoff from Huntsville International Airport in Alabama on June 18. Witnesses said the airplane climbed to an altitude of approximately 100 feet before banking sharply right and crashing. All three occupants aboard perished in the accident.
Aeroports de la Côte D’Azur (Booth 5234)–representing Nice, Cannes and Saint-Tropez–announced at EBACE 2014 the establishment of a sister airport relationship with Morristown Airport near New York City, as well as the launch of the French Riviera’s business aviation brand.
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