Landmark Aviation announced on Thursday that it has made its entrée into one of the top business airports in the U.S. The Houston-based FBO chain, which was recently sold to previous owner the Carlyle Group, has purchased Teterboro Airport-based First Aviation Services from Goldman Sachs for approximately $100 million, according to sources familiar with the deal.
Today at MEBA 2012, U.S. private jet charter company ExcelAire announced it is launching a new international transfer service (ITS) for passengers arriving in New York on long-haul airline flights. ExcelAire’s team will meet passengers as they arrive at either New York John F. Kennedy or Newark International Airports and swiftly transfer them to awaiting private jets for their onward journeys.
While overall inventories of pre-owned business aircraft continue to contract, and transaction activity continues to increase year-over-year, the rate of improvement slowed in the third quarter, according to business aviation data company Amstat. The Tinton Falls, N.J.-based firm said the long-hoped-for “broad-based business aircraft resale market recovery still remains elusive.”
Jet Aviation subsidiary Jet Professionals announced it has opened three new U.S. offices in St. Louis, Houston and Palm Beach to join its locations at Teterboro, N.J., and Dallas as well as those in Europe and the Middle East. The company offers permanent and temporary business aviation staffing solutions, including pilots, flight attendants, schedulers, dispatchers and technical personnel. Payroll and employee-benefits consulting services were recently added.
Today’s NBAA business aviation regional forum brought 35 aircraft, 130 indoor exhibitors and more than 2,000 attendees to the First Aviation FBO at Teterboro (N.J.) Airport, with the attendance making it the association’s largest regional forum to date.
According to an Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) report (ACN 983575), the captain of a Gulfstream IV, while departing Teterboro’s runway 24 under strong, gusty winds, misinterpreted an ATC clearance flying the Ruddy 3 departure.
Jet Aviation Teterboro has been named an official Rockwell Collins dealer, enhancing the level of avionics support available for both transient and Teterboro-based operators. The MRO has signed a dealership agreement with Rockwell Collins allowing it to maintain Rockwell Collins equipment and procure parts for operators at a discounted rate. In recent months Jet Aviation Teterboro has opened a new avionics shop, received additional FAA approvals and expanded its avionics team.
The Teterboro, N.J., and St. Louis, Mo. avionics shops of Duncan Aviation have moved into new locations. Duncan Aviation-Teterboro has relocated into First Aviation’s newly constructed fixed-base operation. “First Aviation built a beautiful new facility to serve customers,” said Matt Nelson, Duncan Aviation’s satellite operations manager. Duncan Aviation-St. Louis has moved into a new facility in Tac Air’s Chesterfield complex in Hangar 2.
Teterboro Airport today at NBAA 2011 honored 19 individuals and companies operating from the northern New Jersey field with its “Good Neighbor Awards,” presented annually at the NBAA convention since 2004. The program recognizes quiet flying at TEB through adherence to the airport’s voluntary restraints on late-night and Stage 2 jet operations.
At the end of August, the Caribbean and the East Coast of the U.S. again faced the wrath of Mother Nature, this time in the form of Hurricane Irene. The first major hurricane of the 2011 season, the Category 3 storm weakened to a Category 1 as it slowly moved up the East Coast, but it still caused extensive flooding and stirred up powerful storm surge tides.