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Chandrakant Hugar, Director at Perfect Aviation Services, India reports that the company provided ground handling and other support services to an emergency humanitarian Spanish Air Force flight through India enroute to Nepal following the earthquake there which leve more than 3000 people dead. Pictured here are the crew members and Spanish embassy staff to India during the flights stop at Delhi (VIDP).
Photo: Spanish Air Force Crew & Perfect Aviation support team
Signature Flight Support has opened its newly constructed FBO and hangar facilities at Cleveland’s Burke Lakefront Airport (BKL/KBKL), adjacent to its existing facility, which will be converted to tenant offices.
The Ohio campus spans four acres with a 6,000ft² executive FBO terminal and an 18,750ft² hangar featuring high efficiency lighting. The full service facility is a single story building with areas for flight planning, in flight catering and offices. Customer amenities include a high-end lobby area, executive conference room, bistro and coffee bar, pilots’ lounge and snooze rooms. Secured parking for customer vehicles with easy access to the FBO rounds out the facility’s amenities.
“This new FBO and hangar facilities demonstrate Signature Flight Support’s commitment to provide world-class service at Burke Lakefront Airport,” stated Maria Sastre, president and chief operating officer of Signature Flight Support.
“We are immensely proud to become part of the community and look forward to being a long-term partner of the airport.”
“Burke Lakefront Airport is an important component of the Cleveland Airport System,” said interim airport director Fred Szabo. “We’re pleased that Signature has shown their commitment and confidence in Burke and helped us raise the level of service to our corporate customers.”
Open just one year, FBO Riga has already received positive recognition.
In March 2016, FBO Riga became a prize holder of a yearly competition, Latvian Construction, winners of which were specified by results of a national contest. The competition jury marked FBO RIGA in two nominations – New Construction or Modernization — Logistics and Production Centre and – hangar FBO RIGA (the first prize), and New Construction — Public Facilities —boutique terminal of FBO RIGA (the third prize). The contest winning became possible due to combination of the newest construction technologies, unique art design of the boutique terminal, as well as importance of the object value for regional economy development.
In April 2016 FBO Riga was honored in Prague at the Sapphire Pegasus Business Aviation Award, becoming an absolute winner in Handler / Service Provider / FBO nomination and was recognized as the best FBO in Europe. Over 2000 professionals voted for the most prominent online. The jury deserves special attention: in included leaders of Association, which supported the Award – Dagmar Grossman, the founder of CEPA, Anna Serezhkina, the Executive Director of RUBAA, Fabio Gamba, the Director of EBAA, as well as know journalists who write about the industry.
Neil Pakey has been appointed chair of the Regional and Business Airports (RABA) Group, which represents smaller regional airports and general aviation airfields. Pakey will replace John Spooner, who has grown the group to its current membership of 33 regional and business airports since it was formed in 2013.
The driver for the Group has been the strong perception among its members that the UK government, and on occasion the European Commission, misunderstands or fails to recognize the role of smaller airports, tending to adopt ‘one size fits all’ policies tailored principally to the needs of larger UK airports. This inadvertently disadvantages or damages commercial and economic interests of RABA Group members and the wider stakeholder networks who support them.
Neil Pakey praised John Spooner for “leaving RABA in great shape having taken it from nothing more than a murmuring of discontent among a number of smaller airports, to a distinct and important voice in the industry.” Pakey added, “I intend to build on these initial efforts and with the support of our 33 airport members raise the understanding and appreciation of the economic and social roles they play in their catchments and in the wider UK aviation.
Mr. Pakey has previously served as CEO Shannon Airport, Senior Director Network Marketing, Cyprus Airports Group, CEO Peel Airports & MD Liverpool Airport.
Signature Flight Support acquired the 200th FBO in its worldwide network, the company announced today. The BBA Aviation subsidiary began operations last week at the former Airborne Aviation facility at New Yorks Stewart International Airport, making it one of two FBOs there. This facility will become a fully branded Signature location offering the chain’s TailWins & Signature Status benefit programs.
The location at the Metro New York reliever airport becomes the company’s eighth FBO in the New York/New Jersey area, joining facilities at Teterboro, Westchester County/White Plains, Newark, Atlantic City, Syracuse, Trenton and Morristown. “Our long-standing, collaborative relationship with the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey is exemplary,” said Signature president and COO Maria Sastre. “Signature has invested heavily in the two states & we have a long-term optimistic view for business & general aviation in New York & New Jersey."
“Today’s announcement highlights the Port Authority’s efforts to position the airport for growth while encouraging air service development beyond commercial & cargo,” Stewart Airport general manager Ed Harrison. “We look forward to this continued partnership as it helps strengthen our airport’s role as an economic driver that creates jobs for the region.”
|PRESS RELEASE11th July, 2016
BBGA pledges status quo on EU legislation for aviation, post Brexit
Negotiations for aviation must be considered as a priority in the first wave of discussions with the EU, now that the United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union, British Business and General Aviation Association (BBGA) CEO Marc Bailey highlighted today. “We have developed legislation alongside EASA that supports our sector. It is therefore vital for BBGA that we retain EU legislation for aviation and develop the requirements in a way which are proportionate and risk based for our sector.
The majority of BBGA’s 140-strong member companies have international interests. Pilots, crews, pilots and other staff are typically multi-national in our industry and naturally highly mobile so UK aviation businesses need multi-lingual employees, many of whom are sourced from the EU.
“It is important for us to obtain a clear picture before year end to prevent any unnecessary movement of aircraft, assets, or companies to an alternate location,” he said. Accordingly, this week BBGA will be formally writing to the DfT and UK Government Ministers this week, urging that British aviation interests must be safeguarded.
Members of the BBGA embrace a wide ranging membership of British businesses active in aircraft operations, aviation services, and the essential services that facilitate those activities. Over its 35 year history, BBGA (and predecessor Gamta) has observed and participated in the development of the single aviation market within the EU as applicable to non-scheduled air transport into a coherent, safe, efficient and well-regulated system. BBGA understands fully the dangers that a return to a UK national aviation market would bring and it would therefore resist this.
“We recognise the vital importance of continued access to the European Single Aviation Market as a major part of the business and commercial aviation industry in connecting UK business and leisure interests with other European Countries,.” Marc Bailey stated.
For both safety and access reasons the viability of the British aviation industry, which is the third largest in the world, is hugely reliant upon the continuation of active British participation and the further positive development of existing trans-national organisational and regulatory structures.
BBGA will host its summer networking event at the House of Commons on Wednesday evening, 13th July, coinciding with Farnborough Airshow. Guest speakers include Robert Goodwill, Aviation Minister, Gerald Howarth, MP, Andrew Haines, Chief Executive, UK CAA and EBAA President Brian Humphries.
Marc Bailey, CEO, BBGA www.bbga.aero
Ross Aviation has acquired the ownership & operation of 6 former Landmark Aviation FBOs, adding strategic locations to Avfuels branded network in Anchorage, Alaska (PANC); Fresno, Calif. (KFAT); Palm Springs, Calif. (KTRM); Scottsdale, Ariz. (KSDL); Washington, D.C. (KIAD); and White Plains, N.Y. (KHPN).