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BA Group Moves Forward with World-Class FBO Plan for Addison/KADS
1/31/2017 10:29:19 PM

Addison, TX / January 30, 2017

The Business Aviation Group announced that its bid was recently accepted for the redevelopment of 16+ acres at Addison Airport, a northern Dallas suburb. Having completed a preliminary agreement with the Town of Addison, the BA Group is now ready to move forward and identify qualified candidates who possess the expertise, financial strength, and experience necessary to execute a long-term commitment to this first-class facility.

The BA Group’s new development will be in the southeast quadrant of Addison Airport (KADS), adjacent to the notable Addison Circle Park. The desirable location is conveniently accessible to the downtown district and is planned to be developed in two phases. Phase I will consist of 11-acres and is designed to include 56,000-sq. ft. of corporate aircraft hangar space with complimentary office space. A well-appointed 22,500-sq. ft. two-story FBO terminal building will be the focal point of the development and will serve as the operational center of the campus. To handle today’s ultra-long range, large cabin business jets, a 5+ acre ramp has been incorporated that will ensure safe and efficient aircraft ramp movements. As initially conceptualized, the FBO terminal also includes a roof-top observation deck and restaurant. An exciting feature of the development will be a free standing indoor auto-spa with lifts and valet car service for discerning clients.

Phase II of the development will nearly double capacity with 62,500-sq. ft. of additional corporate aircraft storage and office space to accommodate expanding corporate flight departments in the growing Dallas area. “Our vision is to design, develop, and construct a world-class, state-of-the-art business aviation campus that will incorporate the desired goals for the Town of Addison and Addison Airport,” commented Iver Retrum, co-founder, and partner of BA Group. “This will be a welcome addition to Addison Airport, and it represents the largest development program ever initiated at the airport. There is a need to support the continuing growth of the large business jet market within the region. This FBO will accommodate the market with its spacious terminal, hangars, and ramp! It will reflect the area’s warm hospitality, deep commitment to the community, and provide five-star service for its clients alike,” added Retrum.

Odyssey Aviation Partnership Revitalized Linking Bahamas and U.S. FBOs
1/31/2017 8:25:14 PM
Odyssey Aviation Bahamas announced today that it will partner with two FBOs in the United States at Detroit’s Willow Run Airport (KYIP) and Orlando’s Kissimmee Gateway Airport (KISM) owned by the Quantem FBO Group, LLC, an FBO acquisition and aviation consulting company. Both U.S. FBOs will operate under the Odyssey Aviation brand forming an international relationship and network of seven FBOs in total.

The decision to partner was a familiar one for Steven Kelly, CEO of Odyssey Aviation Bahamas, and Ken Allison, CEO of Quantem FBO Group, LLC and the new Odyssey Aviation United States. The two business owners created the Odyssey Aviation brand and partnership together in 2008 fresh out of each of their decade long affiliations with Million Air. At the time, Ken owned seven FBOs in the U.S. and Steven, as a shareholder, operated the Nassau, Bahamas location. They shared a vision to create an organization with a business model designed to partner with the customer while focusing on service excellence and safety. Odyssey Aviation’s tagline “Your Flight Service Partner”, emphasizes this ideal.
In 2011, Ken sold the seven U.S. locations but quickly realized that he did not want to retire. With Quantem’s acquisition of two new FBOs in 2016 and the goal for continued growth, the Odyssey Aviation partnership was revitalized.
“I am looking forward to once again serving the general aviation community with our two FBOs. And I am excited about the future. My Quantem team and I plan to quickly expand the Odyssey Aviation U.S. network as opportunities present themselves,” said Ken.
“I am proud of how well my Bahamas team has developed the Odyssey brand over the last six years and brought global recognition to our name. Joining forces again with the U.S. FBOs reinforces a strong network and will leverage the skills and fortes of both our companies,” said Steven.
About Odyssey Aviation:

Odyssey Aviation Bahamas is the most trusted provider of aviation services in The Bahamas. Odyssey Aviation has three full service Rubis branded FBOs at Nassau’s Lynden Pindling International Airport (MYNN), Exuma International Airport (MYEF) and San Salvador International Airport (MYSM) in addition to two ground handling stations at Governors Harbour Airport (MYEM) and Rock Sound Airport (MYER). Odyssey Aviation is the only service provider in the Bahamas where all representatives are trained and certified at Odyssey Aviation Nassau, Headquarters. Odyssey Aviation Nassau and Odyssey Aviation Exuma are both a part of the Paragon Aviation Group which is an exclusive membership of independent FBOs that provide an elite experience to general aviation travelers. Odyssey Aviation Nassau is consistently recognized among the top aviation service companies in the Caribbean.

Odyssey Aviation United States has two full service FBOs at Detroit’s Willow Run Airport (KYIP) and Orlando’s Kissimmee Gateway Airport (KISM). Both airports offer general aviation services, hangar accommodations, customs and immigration and World Fuel branded fuel. Odyssey Aviation Kissimmee has aircraft maintenance. Odyssey Aviation Detroit will join the Paragon Aviation Group in February 2017. For more information, visit

The Paragon Network Expands Their Service Offering On The West Coast
1/30/2017 10:04:54 PM


Houston, TX January 30, 2017 Paragon Aviation Group is proud to announce Ross Aviation (KLGB) at Long Beach Airport (Daugherty Field) is now an elite member of the Paragon Network. Ross Aviation’s state of the art, 24-hour facility at Long Beach Airport (Daugherty Field) has everything you need including a luxurious pilot lounge, private VIP lounge, showers, and more! Their full-service concierge is available to assist you with reserving rental cars, booking a hotel room, finding the best local restaurants, and anything else you may need while in the Long Beach, CA area.

"My team and I are very excited to be a part of the Paragon Network," stated Greg McQueary, General Manager of Ross Aviation at LGB. "Ross Aviation is committed to uniting exceptional customer service and uncompromising safety standards, which is the core of all Paragon Network FBO members. We look forward to working with such an amazing group of independent FBOs."

The Paragon Network is a distinguished membership of independent FBOs that provide an elite experience to general aviation travelers around the world. Paragon Aviation Group performs a comprehensive audit of the facility and services offered to ensure the quality of the member base before any FBO joins The Paragon Network. Each member FBO must comply with a set of strategically developed core standards to remain in the group. Paragon Aviation Group facilitates The Paragon Network.

Paragon Aviation Group is a family business comprised of Mike Delk, Megan Barnes and Molly LeBlanc. With their combined industry experience of over 75 years they have introduced an exciting new industry platform for premier aviation service providers.

Orange County To Replace Signature with ACI Jet at SNA
1/27/2017 11:58:07 AM
The Orange County, California, board of supervisors has awarded ACI Jet one of two FBO leaseholds at Santa Ana’s John Wayne Airport/KSNA, giving the company a fourth location in the state. ACI Jet, which provides charter, management, maintenance & ground handling services, is taking over the east side FBO & west side hangars at the airport from Signature Flight Support, which had run the facilities for at least the past two decades.

The board of supervisors voted to switch amid complaints by some tenants about fuel pricing. Supervisor Shawn Nelson noted that he had received complaints that both SFS and Atlantic Aviation, the other FBO on the airport, had nearly matched each other on pricing that was above market rates.

During the meeting some attendees urged a switch in FBOs, saying pricing was as much as 20% above market rates. Other businesses at the airport urged caution, worried that a switch could affect their existing agreements & operations. Both FBOs had lowered prices after complaints were brought to light.

Atlantic Aviation CEO Louis Pepper and Julie Broderick, the area director for SFS, based at KSNA, told the board that their goals are the same as the county’s. Broderick added she would work to address concerns.
African Aviation 2017
1/25/2017 12:19:28 PM

AVIATION AFRICA 2017 will be the 2nd event in the Aviation Africa series, the first having been held in May 2015 in Dubai
and attended by over 400 delegates, featuring 40 exhibitors and 12 sponsors.

AVIATION AFRICA 2017 will take place on 22 & 23 February 2017 in Kigali, Rwanda. 

The event will be a two-day conference and exhibition focusing on all aspects of the aviation industry including MRO, Business Aviation, defence and commercial aviation.  

The event is supported by the Rwandan Government including the Ministry of Infrastructure, Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority and RwandAir.

The Rwanda Development Board, Akagera Aviation and Kigali Serena Hotel are confirmed partners. 

Rwanda is fully committed to supporting the Aviation Africa 2017 event and ensuring that aviation related events grow in Rwanda. 

They will be inviting all Rwandan aviation industry to the event as well as their counterparts across the African continent.


New Acquisition for Jet Aviation at KIAD/Dulles
1/23/2017 9:49:22 PM

Jet Aviation has acquired the Ross Aviation FBO at Washington Dulles International Airport, marking the company’s 9th location in the Americas. The move comes just six months after Ross Aviation aquired the former Landmark Aviation facility at Dulles from Signature Flight Support, which per the U.S. Department of Justice had to divest six FBOs as part of Signature’s absorption of Landmark.

Jet Pro at Airfinance 2017 in Dublin
1/18/2017 6:20:18 PM
Aviation Africa 2017
1/18/2017 11:21:31 AM
Aviation Africa will feature an exhibit hall hosting 50 aviation companies from Africa and around the world. The conference will host 70 speakers & panelists along with 500 delegates.
Don't miss this event, which offers a fantastic platform to look at the opportunities to do business with Africa. Register today and join these names and many more who have already registered.

Jet Aviation, Seletar, Singapore
1/12/2017 12:18:59 PM

Jet Aviation has broken ground on a new expansion project at its Seletar Aerospace Park/WSSL/XSP in Singapore. The new build will include 41,441 sq ft/3,850 sq m of hangar space and an additional 4,100 sq ft/380 sq m of shop facilities. This third hangar at the combined MRO & FBO facility will be capable of simultaneously accommodating a pair of bizliners or up to five Gulfstream G550s!

The new structure being built by Airport Support Industries will be adjacent to the current Jet Aviation facility, which, once the new hangar is complete, will offer a total of 125,400 sq ft/11,650 sq m of hangar space. The General Dynamics subsidiary last added to its hangar capacity at the location in 2014

Kent-Manston/EGMH to close for good?
1/1/2017 11:42:07 PM

Kent International Airport/Manston/EGMH.

Another UK regional airport under threat of total/final closure to redevelopment plans. 
  • Manston’s runway is 2,752m, long enough and wide enough to accommodate any commercial aircraft type. There is a full parallel taxiway, with all air and ground paths uncongested.
  • There are no slot or gate restrictions, and on-stand passenger aircraft parking available for 3 x 737-800 (Code C) aircraft or 2 x 747-400 (Code F) aircraft. Further remote stands and aprons are also available. Fees and charges were highly competitive.
  • Manston was regularly used for flight testing and crew training (e.g. British Airway’s A380 and the 787 Dreamliner) as well as ‘touch and go’  landing sequences. Training rates are highly competitive and space for crew rest and flight planning are available at Manston’s world class training facilities.
  • Manston has seen regular use for aid shipments to other countries in times of disaster.
  • One of the few airports in the UK to hold a license for the dismantling and recycling of aircraft. The area surrounding the airport is home to a developing cluster of aviation-related businesses. There are significant areas of land around the airport identified for development within Manston Airport’s masterplan – which can offer direct air-side access if required.
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