TAC Air at Bradley, Hartford, CT, KBDL - New Hangar
Large enough to accommodate aircraft up to G650 or Global 7000
Artist's rendering of the new TAC Air BDL Hangar, opening July 2016
ExecuJet has increased its presence in Germany with the purchase of the European Business Aviation Services FBO, the largest private aviation services provider at Munich International Airport. This latest acquisition gives the Luxaviation Group subsidiary its second location in Germany, joining the company's FBO at Berlin Schoenefeld & its 20th worldwide. Another Luxaviation FBO in Brussels, Abelag will also soon be rebranded under the ExecuJet name, bringing the ExecuJet-branded FBOs to 21.
"We are pleased that ExecuJet has further strengthened its presence in a key region within Europe" said Patrick Hansen, CEO of the Luxaviation Group, which is also the world’s second largest corporate aircraft operator. "We look forward to welcoming our customers to the new FBO"
Signature Flight Support had its grand opening of its newest FBO, at Mineta San Jose International Airport (KSJC) in the heart of Silicon Valley. Claimed to be the world’s largest FBO, the facility is built on 29 acres, for which SFS holds a 50 year lease. There are 18.5 acres of ramp space which will be pressed into service in less than two weeks as visitors begin flying in for Super Bowl 50 in nearby San Francisco, including the team airplanes for the Carolina Panthers & Denver Broncos and an estimated 150 additional business aircraft.
The new facility has seven hangars totaling 240,000 sq ft, one of which (at 60,000 sq ft) is built to house two Boeing 767s. In addition to a spacious atrium lobby, the FBO offers 10,000 sq ft of office space, a dedicated fuel farm, two conference rooms, two quiet rooms and lounges & a flight planning area for pilots. The design of the “circuit garden” outdoor seating area adjacent to the lobby mimics shapes of an integrated circuit, acknowledging the Silicon Valley connection.
This is Signature’s first FBO that it has built on empty ground, the area was used for long-term parking & it opened for transient traffic last November. “This is a culmination of many years of Signature trying to be in Silicon Valley,” said Signature president and COO Maria Sastre.
Ireland based volunteer group Follow Me-Aircraft Marshallers held their 2016 Pre-Season briefing at the Stephens Green Hibernian Club, Dublin, late January, sponsored by Jim O'Sullivan & Exchequer Aircraft Leasing. Also supporting the event was Dave Scully (Irish Business Aviation Association)
During the evening the 2016 season events list to date was disclosed, eleven so far, very high for so early in the year. At home Birr, Foynes/Brittas House, Limetree & Weston Special Day of Flying are just some of the confirmed events. In the UK the group has been invited to support the North Weald Marshallers with the Air Britain Fly-In. A return to join our colleagues from the Commemorative Air Force Marshallers Detachment & the Lone Star Flight Museum Marshallers at Ellington Field/Johnson Space Center, Texas for Wings Over Houston Air Show will round the year off.
The Spring recurrent training schedule was confirmed as well as nominees for the Heli-Ops courses. A new marshaller was welcomed to the group, Sean Cronin who is Ground Operations Supervisor with South Aer FBO, Cork. Sean is the groups second man based out of the Southern Capitol. Paul Daly has been with Follow Me-Aircraft Marshallers since 2011 & is Station Manager with Weston Aviation, Cork.
The evening ended with a toast to the memory of our fallen friend Joe "Jag" Gallagher who's dry wit was especially missed!
Follow Me-Aircraft Marshallers are sponsored by Exchequer Aircraft Leasing, Global FBO Consult & Simtech Aviation.
Universal Aviation, the ground support division of Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc., has announced a new global certification program designed to recognize and distinguish ground handlers around the world which have proven to meet the network’s stringent standards for safety, regulatory compliance, and customer service.
“The Universal Aviation® Certified program is designed to be an extension of our global ground support network and Global Community and will only be offered to the very best of our preferred ground handling partners, which have demonstrated that they share our core values and commitment to exceeding our clients’ expectations on the ground,” said Jonathan Howells, Senior Vice President, International, Universal.
“When our clients operate to a Universal Aviation Certified location, even in remote locales, they can have confidence that they will receive the same level of service and commitment that they would at a Universal Aviation location.”
Aviation Business Strategies Group (ABSG) has released the results of its annual fuel sales survey & forecast. According to the FBO consultancy’s principals, John Enticknap and Ron Jackson, based on the survey results, 54% of service providers in the U.S.A. reported an increase in fuel sales last year compared with 2014. That continues a trend over the past several years, with 49% noting an increase in 2014 & 43% in 2013.
“This is the first time since we started the survey that more than 50% of the respondents experienced an increase in fuel sales over the previous year,” noted Enticknap. “Although the benchmark numbers show a positive trend, nearly 30% of the FBOs participating in our recent survey had a decrease in sales. This is still a fractured marketplace that is showing some positive signs of recovery.” Looking ahead, more than 90% of the respondents to the survey said they expect to see the same or increased fuel sales this year compared to 2015, Jackson said. “If this forecast holds up, 2016 could prove to be a watershed year for the industry.”
Lux Air Jet Centers, located at Phoenix-Goodyear Airport (KGYR), became an official member of the Paragon Network on January 1st, 2016.
Lux Air Jet Centers has been the Phoenix-Goodyear Airport full service FBO since 2007. Lux Air Goodyear offers a full range of ground support assistance for all types of aircraft, including heavy transports. Their experienced customer service representatives and highly trained line staff are known for providing only the highest level of customer service. This general aviation hub for the rapidly growing Phoenix West Valley is located just minutes from the Phoenix International Raceway where NASCAR hosts two events each year and just a short 30-minute drive to downtown Phoenix and Scottsdale. They are the preferred FBO for major sporting events in the Phoenix area.
In July 2015, Lux Air Jet Centers broke ground on a new corporate hangar and FBO facility. The project is scheduled for completion in Spring 2016 and will include three hangars totaling 37,500 square feet, a 10,000 square foot luxury FBO facility, 18,000 square feet of office space, and an on-site restaurant. The state-of-the-art facility will allow them to house additional tenants and support the influx of private and corporate aircraft that fly into their airport.
“The addition of Lux Air Jet Centers to the Paragon Network is a great start to 2016,” stated Mike Delk, president of Paragon Aviation Group. “We look forward to working with them and are excited to have a Phoenix-area location in our elite network of independent FBOs.”
Gama Aviation have announce the conditional acquisition of Aviation Beauport Ltd; the privately owned Jersey based business. The acquisition of Beauport is conditional upon approval from the Jersey Competition Authority which is expected to complete by the end of February 2016.
Aviation Beauport has been operating since 1969 and has established itself as the only premier aircraft service provider in the Channel Islands. It provides a suite of business aviation services including aircraft charter, FBO services as well as having four aircraft currently under management.
January 5, 2016 Fort Wayne Aero Center/KFWA has marked the start of the new year with the opening of its newly constructed full-service FBO.
The 120,000ft² facility in Indiana, USA, boasts high-end architectural features such as floor-to-ceiling color-tinted windows in various shades of blue and green overlooking the airfield, as well as an array of pilot amenities, including a lounge and private rest area, wi-fi, two conference rooms with audio/visual capabilities, a fitness center, and complimentary provisions.
“We’ve been waiting a long time for this day,” said Jeff Van Slyke, FBO general manager for Fort Wayne Aero Center at the opening on January 1, 2016. “The building finished right on schedule and our experienced staff is ready to provide exceptional customer service to the guests of Fort Wayne Aero Center. We’re delighted to serve the aviation community we love in such a pristine facility, offering some of the best services in the industry along with the best products from Avfuel.”
Along with critical aviation services such as Jet A and 100LL fueling, maintenance, de-icing, quick turns, concierge, heated hangar space, and charter, cargo, ground handling and forklift services, the FBO offers all the benefits of the Avfuel network, including Avfuel Contract Fuel and AVTRIP rewards.