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Independent FBO - FlightServ To Open Jan17 at Trenton Mercer/KTTN, NJ, USA
12/28/2016 5:17:11 PM
FlightServ, the new independent FBO at Trenton Mercer/KTTN will open its doors on January 1, 2017. 

Founded by a team from sister company, Aviation Charters, FlightServ personnel uniquely understand the needs and desires of flight crews and their passengers. Their years of experience traveling around the country—from the perspective of both the pilot and the scheduler, has given the team insight into what makes for an exceptional FBO experience. 

“It’s our ability to empathize with our guests that drives our quality of service,” said Paul Weiss, FlightServ president. “We understand what it takes to plan and execute a perfect trip for both the flight crew and their passengers. We want all our guests, no matter what aircraft they’re flying, where they came from, or who’s sitting in the cabin, to discover the power of yes. We believe every request can be accommodated and are ready to deliver a completely personalized experience.” 

With its convenient location in the state’s capital, FlightServ helps guests land closer to prominent business and the esteemed Princeton University without the congestion of Newark or Philadelphia. 

The new Avfuel branded FBO will provide a variety of quality services and amenities for its guests, including fueling for Jet A and Avgas, Avfuel Contract Fuel, AVTRIP, ground power units, free WiFi, a crew lounge, dining area, access to daily news, and complete concierge services for ground transportation, catering, hotel accommodations and more. 

ABOUT FLIGHTSERV                                

Located at Trenton Mercer Airport in Trenton, N.J., FlightServ brings a refreshingly independent flair to the KTTN field. Founded by members of its sister company, Aviation Charters—including father/daughter duo Paul Weiss, president, and Kate Weiss, charter department manager—the team at FlightServ has acquired a unique understanding of their customers’ needs. Situated on the southeast side of the field, FlightServ offers easy access to both of the airport’s runways: Runway 6/24 (6006 feet) and Runway 16/34 (4800 feet). 

Wellsbourne Montford/EGBW
12/18/2016 7:32:51 PM

12DEC2016 - Stratford Herald

Urgent action has been taken by Stratford-on-Avon District Council to prevent the demolition of buildings at Wellesbourne Airfield in the UK.

The airfield is HQ to EASA/CAA, IS-BAO certified Heliair,a pilot training organisation, charter operator & Robinson Helicopters agent. It is also regularly used by corporate Phenom 300 in support of a major nearby manufacturing facility.

The council’s ruling cabinet agreed to remove permitted development rights from the site owners, the Littler family. The decision took immediate effect and is now in force.

The cabinet also decided to seek powers to compulsorily purchase the airfield if negotiations with the owners fail and to obtain an injunction if any attempt is made to start the demolition process.

The moves by the cabinet were made under urgent business at a special meeting that had been arranged to discuss another issue.

Shock plans to begin demolishing the site were revealed by the family two weeks ago. The news – which would involve all the businesses there closing down with more than 200 jobs being lost – prompted urgent discussions between the tenants and leading figures at the district council.

The Littler family and developers Gladman are believed to be furious that their proposals to close down the airfield and build 1,500 homes on the land has been repeatedly rejected at every level – including that of the planning inspectorate.

Given that the airfield has been refused classification as a development site in the council’s core strategy, there is deep concern that the owners now want to render the site unusable for aviation purposes by wrecking it.

Just over a week ago Cllr Chris Saint (Cons, Shipston North), the leader of the council, wrote to Business Secretary Greg Clark and Small Businesses Minister Margot James, asking the government to intervene to help save the airfield. At the beginning of this week he was awaiting a reply.

African Open Skies sees further growth in 2017
12/17/2016 1:18:16 PM
With an expansion plan for Africa and the Middle East ready to go into top gear, African Open Sky  CEO  Mr. Max O. Cisse, are poised for even greater success in 2017, hot on the heels of a very busy 2016!  Our reputation for ‘going the extra mile’ has set African Open Sky apart as the leading Trip Support Company in Africa. 
AOS is the largest flight support company in Africa, offering services to governmental, commercial, corporate and private operators. Their operations cover passenger and cargo ground-handling services, which covers transportation, hotel accommodation, catering, refueling, maintenance, aircraft security, flight planning and other activities from their more than 50 offices and operations across the continent. They are licensed operators in every country they reside in, and so have direct relationships with the authorities there and do not use third-party agencies. This simplifies operations and significantly reduces costs. Their approach of being locally certified has revolutionized the market and has made them fully accountable – legally and otherwise – to the local authorities and as such enabled them to expand at a phenomenal rate. While other African flight support operators saw a 30% growth in traffic last year, AOS was at 45%.
Winning Strategy
CEO Mr. Max O. CISSE was awarded “Aviation CEO of the year – Africa”  by The European Global Banking & Finance Awards 2016, & for “Recognized Leader In African Aviation Sector” by Business World Wide Awards 2016 for his exemplary leadership and innovative approach to simplifying international travel. His business model has been to establishing direct links with all Civil Aviation Authorities (CAA) in Africa. Having accepted direct responsibility and control of all their operations for their clients, local authorities have come to rely on their hands-on approach and some have given them exclusive contractual rights. Mr. Max O. CISSE believes this has been the reason for their success. As such AOS is able to procure permits within a short period of time, even in countries with complex regulatory policies. They are not seen as an Ivorian company, but as a local brand with an international presence.
Another primary reason for the company’s success is the ability to provide the basic and crucial necessities at ‘unbeatable’ prices. Fuel supply has been one of their major services from their inception and so they ensure they have the lowest prices available. This is particularly important given rampant fuel supply problems in many countries, most notably in Nigeria – oil producing and non-oil producing alike. Lack of affordable and consistent fuel supply has been one of the reasons why local travel remains so expensive in Africa, significantly higher than in Europe, where low-cost airlines thrive. But with AOS’s strong local connections, they are able to reduce some of those costs. Due to AOS excellent breakthrough services across the African continent lead the company winning several European and global awards in 2016 including the Business Worldwide Corporate Excellence Awards 2016 for the “ Best Flight Support Services Company of the year - Africa ” and The European Awards for the “ Private Aviation Company of the year - Africa”.



Santa Monica, Calif evictions
12/14/2016 9:32:56 PM

The Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday ordered the owners (City of Santa Monica) of Santa Monica Municipal/KSMO to halt the evictions of 2 aviation companies at the airport until the agency can finish an investigation into the city's effort to force a shut down of the facility.

FAA officials issued an interim cease-and-desist order to stop the eviction of Atlantic Aviation and American Flyers, two major providers of FBO services, including fuel, flight instruction, hangars and amenities for charter operators.

The move to evict the companies is part of the city's strategy to force out aviation tenants, reduce movements and shut down the oldest operating airport (and birthplace of the Douglas DC-3) in Los Angeles County by July 2018.

If the evictions go forward, the city plans to replace Atlantic and American Flyers with its own municipal aviation company and sell bio-fuel for jets and unleaded gas for propeller planes to reduce aircraft emissions. Federal law allows governments that operate airports to provide services themselves instead of relying on private companies.

The city sent the first notices to evict in mid-September and filed lawsuits against both tenants in November to regain possession of the property.

"While we are disappointed but not surprised that the FAA has decided to issue this interim order on the pending evictions of Atlantic and American Flyer, we remain committed to replacing private fixed-based operations with public services," Mayor Tony Vasquez said.

The cease-and-desist order states that Santa Monica's "unremitting effort" to remove critical aeronautical services and its "hostility" to the sale of leaded fuel still needed by many aircraft is "a clear contravention of law."

SFS in Panama
12/13/2016 9:26:41 PM
Signature Flight Support’s newest FBO location at Panama City - Tocumen International Airport/MPTO/PTY is officially open. The company now has 200+  locations worldwide, has been expanding throughout Latin America and the Caribbean over the course of the year. Its licensing arm, Signature Select, added Central Charter de Columbia at El Dorado International Airport in Bogota, Colombia, to its network during 2016, with a facility in Trinidad also nearing completion.
Association of Airport Executives
12/13/2016 4:11:08 PM
Dates: May 24-26, 2017    Location: Reykjavík, Iceland 

CONTACT: Spencer Dickerson at 703.578.2511

Argos VPH Group Plan To Build FBO Chain Across Europe
12/9/2016 1:07:00 AM
Argos VIP Private Handling, the largest FBO group in Italy, is looking to build a network of FBOs beyond its native Italy. The Rome-Ciampino based group recently opened its first operation outside the country, at Lugano/LSZA, Switzerland & plans on further expansion across Europe, specially in France.
Commercial Director Barbara Ciolli, says that Argos VIP had targeted the UK as an region of interest  for its FBO expansion , but put this decision went on hold following the countrys'  vote to leave the EU last June.
Jetex Opens in New Dubai World Central VIP Terminal
12/7/2016 6:59:11 PM

Jetex officially opened its new FBO within the Dubai World Central VIP Terminal on Tuesday last.

In April, Jetex handled the first private flight to depart from the terminal, an Embraer Legacy.


Gama unveils Sharjah major plans
12/7/2016 2:44:03 PM

Gama Aviation unveiled plans at MEBAA 2016 for a major business aviation facility at Sharjah International Airport. The development,  to open in mid 2018, will offer an alternative to congested Dubai International Airport/DXB and closer access to the center of Dubai than Dubai World Central/DWC.

The UK based groups' architectural drawings show a purpose-built complex that will offer space for commercial tenants, as well as passengers and crew of its own aircraft management and charter operations. Billed as the first integrated facility of its type at Sharjah, the new location will consist of a large hangar (with an option for a second) and 215,000 sq ft / 20,000 sq m of ramp parking space.

Over the past 12 months Gama, which also provides maintenance services has seen a 12% increase in the volume of traffic it handles at its existing Sharjah operation. It attributes the gain to slot restrictions at DXB and to Sharjah's proximity to Dubai’s financial district.

UAS Announces Top Global Vendors of 2016
12/6/2016 4:31:06 PM

Second annual awards honor outstanding global partners


December 6, Dubai – Leading global ITP solutions provider,UAS International Trip Support announced the 2016 winners of the UAS Ground Handler and Fuel Supplier of the Year Awards at MEBAA Show 2016 in Al Maktoum International Airport, Dubai. Launched in 2015, the awards celebrate and reward UAS’ top-performing industry partners in every continental area it serves.

The UAS Ground Handler and Fuel Supplier of the Year Awards are an important method of both honoring outstanding partners and reassuring UAS’ international client base of heads of state, VVIPs, Fortune Global 500 companies, and business jet operators, of the company’s stringent quality assurance processes throughout its supply chain. The awards selection is based on client satisfaction reports instigated by UAS Procurement department. UAS follows a strict selection process when choosing vendors based on an evaluation by all stakeholders involved, including client feedback and internal assessment of quality and service levels.

UAS Ground Handlers of the Year 2016 recipients:

  • JetHandling Ecuador in America
  • BidAir Sevices (Pty) Ltd in Africa
  • Pacific Airport Services in Asia
  • Harrods Aviation Ltd. in Europe, Russia, and CIS
  • DC Aviation Al Futtaim LLC in the Middle East


UAS Fuel Suppliers of the Year 2016 recipients:

  • Sol Aviation Services Limited in America
  • PUMA Energy (Aviation) S.A. in Africa
  • Q8 Aviation in Europe, Russia, and CIS
  • Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited in Asia
  • Shell Aviation in the Middle East


“At UAS, we’re motivated by achieving client satisfaction by exceeding expectations. We’re acutely aware that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link which is why we hand-pick only the most outstanding international network of vendors and fuel suppliers to work us,” said Mr. Mohammed Husary, UAS Co-Owner / Founder and Executive President. “We’re delighted to recognize great performances through the UAS Ground Handler and Fuel Supplier of the Year Awards,” he added.

Deer Jet & UAS deal concluded
12/6/2016 1:58:59 PM
Dubai, December 6: Global leading business aviation company Deer Jet has concluded the acquisition of major shares of UAS International Trip Support (UAS). Deer Jet has become the major shareholder of the global flight support solutions provider.

The agreement was completed ahead of MEBAA Show 2016 on Monday, December 5 by UAS’ existing shareholders and Deer Jet Chairman and President Zhang Peng. UAS Group executive management continues under the leadership of both Co-Owners/Founders Mr. Mohammed Husary as Executive President alongside Mr. Omar Hosari as Chief Executive Officer.

First announced at NBAA-BACE 2016 in October with a view to finalizing by the end of 2016, the strategic alliance is set to massively benefit the two industry heavy-weights and their clients by significantly improving their capabilities and accelerating strategic goals to enhance international business aviation flights and user experience.

UAS is now the flight support partner for the impressive fleet of 90 aircraft that Deer Jet operates and manages. The fleet includes the world’s only BBJ 787 in VVIP configuration - “the Dream Jet.” Deer Jet operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of HNA Group, a Fortune 500 company, and by joining the Deer Jet family, UAS will have more opportunities to serve the group’s airlines.


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