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Universal Aviation Renovates its Shannon/EINN FBO
7/27/2015 5:18:33 PM

SHANNON, IRELAND--Jul 27, 2015 - Universal Aviation Ireland - Shannon, located at Shannon Airport (EINN), announced the complete renovation of its FBO. The update to the FBO, includes a renovated VIP departures lounge as well as all new crew and operations offices.

                                                            

"Our focus is always firmly on our customer, and leaving them with a memorable experience on the ground," said Derek Collins, General Manager, Universal Aviation Ireland - Shannon. "We have listened carefully to our clients' feedback, and we're proud that we have enhanced our FBO with the features and amenities they requested."

"Shannon is known for being an excellent tech stop, but it is also an increasingly popular destination," said Sean Raftery, MD Universal Aviation UK & Ireland. "This renovation is just the latest in our ongoing commitment and investment to enhancing our clients' experience at strategically important locations throughout Europe and the world -- whether through full ground handling facilities or highly customized supervisory services."

Universal Aviation is the ground support division of Universal Weather & Aviation, Inc. Universal Aviation has more than 40 locations in 20 countries, including 11 in Europe.

Voyager Jet Center, Allegheny County, PA, USA
7/24/2015 4:05:45 PM

Voyager Jet Center opened its new, modern FBO facility at Allegheny County Airport, PA, USA, with a private ribbon-cutting ceremony on July 22.

The FBO features a richly appointed interior with spacious waiting room, a large pilot lounge and sleep room, advanced security and expert concierge services. It also boasts a designated flight planning center, brand new crew cars, on-ramp wi-fi availability and a state-of-the-art 18,000ft² adjacent heated hangar that accommodates aircraft up to G650.

This modern facility allows Voyager to continue offering quick turns, flexible personalized service, 24-hour service, year-round live charter service for diverse fleets, and the benefits of being Avfuel branded with Avfuel Contract Fuel.
 

Q Aviation Ground Ops
7/21/2015 3:18:02 PM
Q Aviation, Shannon International Airport/EINN, a corporate aviation FBO, have a full time vacancy for a qualified Ground Operations Agent, signed off on NATA PLST, CAP 637 or equivalent, preferably with corporate aviation experience, but not essential. Must live locally. Please forward CV to Brendan@QAFBO.com 

Please quote reference: GFBO/QA
NBAA Warn on Santa Monica, CA
7/21/2015 12:41:00 PM

NBAA has again warned the city of Santa Monica, CA, that it must abide by its federal obligations and extend the leases of various airport tenants at Santa Monica Airport (SMO) for a term of at least three years.

Steve Brown, NBAA’s chief operating officer, contacted Santa Monicas Mayor and other city officials prior to a July 14 Santa Monica City Council meeting, which partially addressed the lease situation at the airport, where all tenant agreements expired on July 1. Brown reminded the mayor that the city’s obligations pursuant to the grants it has received from the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program endure until 2023, and that the conditions of the 1948 instrument of transfer, when ownership of the airport was transferred to Santa Monica, are effective in perpetuity.

“Consequently, the lease term extensions now under consideration must be consistent with the city’s federal obligations,” wrote Brown. “Generally, airport tenants are entitled to long-term leases. For current purposes, this obligation means that – consistent with the city attorney and director of public works’ recommendations – involuntary month-to-month leases would be non-compliant and subject to challenge.”

Jet Aviation Revamp at Hanscom Field
7/20/2015 7:17:35 PM

Jet Aviation held a ground-breaking ceremony on mid July for a major renovation of its FBO at LG Hanscom Field, Bedford, Mass. The improvements will “increase hangar and ramp capacity, add operational safety and efficiency and achieve LEED Silver [green building] certification”

Once completed in the Q3 of next year, the facility will comprise a two-story 13,000 sq-ft terminal, a 40,000 sq-ft hangar, capable of handling aircraft up to Gulfstream 650 and 16,000 sq ft of office/shop space. Plans also call for a 92,000-sq-ft ramp upgrade.

“We are delighted to be under way with construction and enhancements to our Boston/Bedford facility,” said John Langevin, Jet Aviation's vice president of FBO operations in North America. “This new FBO is designed to accommodate the needs of our customers, and the expanded amenities enable us to do so well into the future.” Staff numbers are expected to increase by 6 - 10 employees. This undertaking is the first comprehensive expansion of the FBO in the more than 30 years it has been at Hanscom.

Jet Aviation - A General Dynamics company

Gone West - Kit Aircraft Designer Jim Bede
7/11/2015 11:50:42 PM
 

Jim Bede passed away July 9, 2015 as a result of an unrecoverable aneurysm suffered at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.

“Jim, a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, friend, and a beloved member of the aviation community, was surrounded by his wife, children and his grandchildren,” according to the notice on the Bede Corp website.

Bede's was an early pioneer of aircraft kits, and perhaps his best-know airplane was the BD-5, which drew a lot of attention but suffered from integration issues with its engine and drive train. Only a few were completed, though according to Kitplane magazine, there were thousands of deposits placed for the kits.

The jet version, the BD-5J, can still be seen occasionally at air shows, and often appeared in movies, most notably one James Bond film.

But Bede created other designs as well. The high-wing BD-4 has been popular and kits and parts are still available. Bede also designed the BD-1, the airplane that would eventually become the American (later Grumman) AA-1 Yankee. The airplane's rivetless bonded skin design was very innovative in the days before composite aeroplanes and the BD-1 eventually grew into the successful Grumman American line of 2 and 4 seat aeroplanes.

The Bede Corporation website say that in Jim's honor, on August 1, 2015, the Lorain County  Airport (KLPR) will be hosting a Memorial Fly-In.
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