Signature Flight Support has chosen the venue of this year’s NBAA Convention to announce several new programs. The BBA Aviation subsidiary, which currently operates a network of more than 115 FBOs worldwide, unveiled a new partnership with secure identification provider Clear, which uses biometric data to speed travelers through airport security. The partnership gives Signature’s customers a discount on registration in the program.
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Baltimore Helicopter Services has expanded its services to include travel to and from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), giving clients the option to land at the airport closest to the nation’s capital.
“Giving our clients access to DCA allows them to travel in the most convenient way possible throughout the Mid-Atlantic region,” said company director of sales and marketing Jessie Bowling. “We have eliminated unnecessary travel steps for our customers, so they will have more time in the D.C. area.”
Facing 100-percent hangar occupancy at Atlanta’s Cobb County Airport/McCollum Field, the Atlanta Executive Jet Center (AECJ) has completed its Corporate Row Hangar Project, a $7 million development. Occupying a six-acre plot leased by AECJ in 2010, it consists of 100,000 sq ft of corporate hangar space along with 240,000 sq ft of new ramp at the airport. The new complex is expected to generate $9 million a year for the local community.
Effective October 30, the FAA has added Newark Liberty International (EWR) and San Francisco International (SFO) to a group of airports allowed to operate simultaneous approaches to parallel runways with as little as 1.5 nm of diagonal separation, even though those surfaces are located less than 2,500 feet apart. A change to the FAA’s ATC policy handbook in November 2008 permitted Boston Logan International (BOS), Cleveland-Hopkins International (CLE), Philadelphia International (PHL), Seattle-Tacoma International (SEA), Memphis International (MEM) and St.
Boston Logan International Airport landing fees for larger jets are being reduced slightly. For FAR Part 25 aircraft, effective October 1, the new fees are $4.34 per 1,000 pounds of max landing weight, a two-cent drop and the lowest they have been since FY2008. According to Massport, the airport’s owner and operating authority, this modest decrease was made possible by “maintaining controls on spending, combined with a significant savings in financing costs from a recent bond offer.”
Signature Flight Support officially opened its FBO at Chicago O’Hare International Airport yesterday. The FBO chain’s newly built 9,150-sq-ft facility includes a large lobby area, management offices, a conference room, crew lounge, VIP lounge, ground support equipment maintenance bay and supporting restroom and locker room facilities.
In an industry still digging its way out of a disastrous recession, even bad news can be good news and the latest bad news from a poll taken by Frequent Business Traveler magazine (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) amounts to good news for business and private aviation.
Blue Ash Airport, a part of Cincinnati, Ohio since the 1920s, was slated to close at the end of August following the city’s notification to the FAA, effectively ending a five-year battle between the city and airport users. As recently as last year the city had promised that the airport would continue to operate, albeit in a reconfigured form, but by mid-August crews had begun to remove the tanks in the fuel farm.
Signature opened its new facility at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport last month. The previous Signature location (built in 2003) was knocked down as part of the airport’s runway expansion project. The new $3 million FBO occupies a 151,600-sq-ft footprint, more than 25 percent larger than the previous facility’s area. It includes a 9,150-sq-ft terminal with a large lobby, management offices, a conference room, VIPlounge, crew lounge with showers, and a ground support equipment maintenance bay.
Outsiders may think that the U.S. Congress is the least-loved political body in Washington, D.C. But the overseeing board of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) doesn’t inspire great affection either.