UK & Ireland based FBO group Weston Aviation completed work on the expansion of its business aviation center at Humberside HUY/EGNJ in the north of England. The work has doubled the size of the existing space, which now offers separate crew & passenger lounges, a kitchen area, quiet zones & crew work stations. In 2011, Weston Aviation became the first FBO facility at Humberside, which serves the area around the city of Hull.
“This further investment & commitment to Humberside Airport is in line with our expectations & growth plans for our FBO & we are delighted to be able to offer to our crews & passengers this significantly expanded & improved facility that will see us into our next phase of growth & expansion at Humberside Airport,” said Weston Aviation CEO and founder Nick Weston.
The Weston group also operates three other FBOs in the UK, at Durham Tees Valley, Doncaster Sheffield & Cornwall Newquay Airports, as well as a facility in Ireland at Cork/EICK.
Led by a specialist faculty of business aviation experts – who lead transactions every day – the interactive course will use practical examples and case studies to give you knowledge and understanding you can use to get deals closed:
• Gain an insight into what determines aircraft values
• Understand the fundamentals of the sales process – with a special case study on negotiating and structuring a letter of intent
• Review the practicalities of aircraft registration and insurance
• Develop a thorough understanding of risk management – including a focus on residual values and asset management
• Understand fiscal regulations that apply to business aircraft
• The residential course will give you opportunities to network and make new business contacts in a relaxed environment
• Over the two days the faculty will be on hand to answer your questions and to give you detailed insight into specific topics that are relevant to your business – without paying an hourly rate.
• The School of Corporate Jet Finance uses a mixture of discussion and (very) interactive case studies taking attendees through the whole process of buying, financing, repossessing and selling an aircraft.
You can see the current agenda and confirmed speakers on our event website by clicking on the following link:
Feedback from delegates on past courses has been fantastic, with individuals enjoying the course and returning to work with new skills. Past attendees include: financial institutions, operators, charter brokers, trust companies, law firms, aircraft brokers and others.
Our super early bird registration fees expire on the 7th April:
First Delegate - £ 2099.00 plus VAT
Second Delegate - £ 1574.25 plus VAT and any additional delegates at £ 1049.50 plus VAT per person.
The above fees include all course documentation, accommodation and dinner for the nights of the 26th, 27th and 28th June, lunch on the 27th and 28th June, and breakfast on the 27th, 28th and 29th June.
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) has joined with five additional aviation stakeholders to petition the U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, asking the court to review the recent agreement between Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the city of Santa Monica, CA over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO).
Last month, the FAA announced it had reached a settlement with the city, which, in addition to permitting closure of the historic airfield at the end of 2028, would also allow the city to immediately begin the process of reducing the length of the SMO's sole runway from 4,973 feet to 3,500 feet.
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen termed the FAA’s seeming acquiescence to a vocal minority of Santa Monica residents, "a one-of-a-kind development" that would severely restrict aviation access throughout Southern California and across the U.S.
"Santa Monica's airport is a vital asset to our aviation system, both locally as well as nationally, and serves as a critical transportation lifeline for the entire Los Angeles basin," Bolen added. "NBAA remains committed to aggressively supporting unrestricted business aviation access to SMO, through this petition and other available channels."
City officials have repeatedly attempted to curtail access by aviation users and other stakeholders to the airport, in defiance of established historical precedents dating back to the original 1948 instrument of transfer agreement that returned control of the former military airfield back to the city, as well as the city's federal grant obligations.
Last Gulfstream G150 tech stops at
Global Trek Aviation, Belfast International Airport/EGAA
enroute to Texas Completions Center
The last production Gulfstream G150, serial number 326, still in basic primer, made a night stop with Global Trek Aviation FBO at Belfast International Airport this week enroute from the manufacturing plant in Tel Aviv to the Gulfstream Completions Center at Love Field, Dallas, Texas.
“Both the G150 and the larger G280 have been regular tech stop visitors with GTA our Operations team here are sorry to say goodbye to the popular mid-size business jet transits. However, they plan to be on hand for further visits of the ever successful and sleek super mid size G280” said Gordon Bingham, GTA General Manager.
Developed as an improved version of the highly successful G100 corporate jet with wider and longer cabin and uprated engines the G150 was the first business jet to be certified by the FAA for Stage 4, the industry’s most stringent noise standards.
Airframe #326 is expected to be delivered to the customer mid 2017 following interior fitting out, exterior painting and final flight trials.
Pilot in command for the delivery flight Captain Tal Avital, a G150 test pilot, said “The G150 is a joy to fly, is always reliable and offers a great passenger experience.”
Gulfstream Aerospace, a General Dynamics company, actually use two G150 themselves as part of their Field & Airborne Support Teams (FAST), dedicated to ensuring a swift, well coordinated response to aircraft on ground (AOG) situations.
Global Trek Aviation and Belfast International Airport are proving to be an excellent combination for aircraft transiting the North Atlantic as it offers the perfect geographical location on the eastern seaboard, very competitive fuel pricing, professional service (all staff are trained to NATA Safety 1st standard) and a great choice of quality hotels and amenities.
13 February 2017: AfBAA and NBAC to co-host West African Business Aviation Symposium
The African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA) has teamed up with EAN Aviation, organisers of the annual Nigerian Business Aviation Conference, NBAC, to merge the two respected meetings into one powerful event.
In a value-add for delegates the two meetings will come together to spearhead discussions about the value of creative business thinking, and how it can stimulate new ideas to help navigate the increasingly challenging world of business aviation in the region. The organisers have designed the programme with the aim of providing a set of pragmatic tools that will support the region’s stakeholders’ future planning and development.
Networking will also from a significant part of the meeting and organisers have introduced a “Meet the Operators” session that will enable suppliers and operators to effectively network in a dedicated environment. “We see operators as a lynchpin for the industry and want to facilitate meetings that will be genuinely useful for both parties,” says Rady Fahmy, CEO of AfBAA.
The programme will include discussions about human resources and training; the benefits of purchasing pre-owned as opposed to new aircraft; and look at how to plan for ongoing success. Presentations will explore the perception of West African business aviation and a case study will look at how the closure of Abuja airport, Nigeria’s legislative capital may have affected the sector.
“We’ve create a dynamic programme with some fascinating new themes for delegates to debate. We are sure we can provide several tangible take-aways that will contribute to business longevity,” added Segun Demuren, CEO of co-host EAN Aviation.
In another first the event will be Chaired by African aviation industry veteran Nick Fadugba who, for more than thirty years, has been supporting aviation development on the continent through his company African Aviation Services. Sponsors are already confirming their interest with leading names Bombardier, Gulfstream and RUAG all confirming their participation.
The AfBAA Regional Symposium West Africa/NBAC 2017 event will take place at The Eko Hotel Convention Centre, Lagos on 23 and 24 March. For more information please visit www.afbaa.org or www.nbac.com.ng
The African Business Aviation Association was launched in May 2012 to represent the interests of Africa’s aircraft owners, operators, and suppliers to the Business Aviation community in a single voice. AfBAA has over 115 members.
AfBAA’s primary objective is to promote the understanding and benefits that Business Aviation provides for the Continent’s economic development and prosperity through advocacy.
As an active, well funded, professionally run organisation AfBAA is committed to increasing membership, raising awareness of the Association internally and externally in Africa and supporting all entities involved in Business Aviation in Africa.
World Fuel Services has expanded its branded fuel network across Canada with the addition of 34 new locations that were formerly served by ExxonMobil and/or Imperial Oil, it announced today at the 2017 NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference (SDC). “It is our great privilege to have the opportunity to serve these FBOs with our solutions, earn their trust & further establish the World Fuel Services Network in more areas of Canada,” said Steve Drzymalla, the fuel provider’s senior vice president of general aviation. “Our experienced team has already begun tailoring our solutions to meet each location’s specific needs.”
As part of the network, the new locations—including the Sky Service FBO chain’s four bases, Executive Aviation Fuels three FBOs and Lockhart Aviation Services two facilities—will have access to World’s comprehensive business and general aviation FBO solutions such as training, equipment and marketing support. The network includes locations under the World Fuel Services, Ascent and Phillips 66 Aviation fuel brands, along with the Air Elite Diamond Service brand. Participants can offer to flight departments World Fuel Services contract fuel, with an extra bonus for operators who use their Avcard to earn FlyBuys Rewards points with every purchase
07FEB; Avfuel: Effective January 31, 2017, Castle & Cooke Aviation’s three FBOs in Van Nuys, California (KVNY); Honolulu, Hawaii (PHNL); and Everett, Washington (KPAE) became new significant locations in the Avfuel Network of 650+ branded FBOs.
“Our goal for 2017 is to grow and strengthen the Avfuel Network—that means not just increasing the number of locations, but adding quality locations. And nothing says quality like the reputation Castle & Cooke Aviation has earned these past 35 plus years,” said Mark Haynes, vice president of sales for Avfuel. “We’re proud to align ourselves with such an upstanding operation that values safety and service above all else.”
Gary Jet Center at Gary-Chicago International Airport, has started building a new corporate flight center. Measuring 8,000ft², the terminal will offer more than double the space of the existing building, with multiple pilots’ lounges, a business center, conference room and kitchen facilities. The old location will be retained for tenant offices and the expansion of Gary Jet Center’s aircraft maintenance offering. Completion due to in summer 2017.
Wil Davis, chairman and CEO, Gary Jet Center, said, “This corporate flight center is the crowning piece in Gary Jet Center’s goal of providing the finest flight experience in the Chicago aviation market.
Safety is the cornerstone of our business, and that is why all of our line staff are NATA Safety 1st trained and certified.
Avfuel Corporation announced Rider Jet Center, the sole FBO at Hagerstown Regional Airport-Richard A Henson Field,
has joined its Network branded FBOs.
“We continuously strive to strengthen and enhance our Network with meaningful locations for our pilots,” said Joel Hirst, vice president of sales for Avfuel. “Rider Jet Center is a perfect location to add substantial value to our customers looking for Avfuel’s services in the eastern part of the U.S. They run an upstanding operation with which Avfuel is proud to align itself.”
Rider Jet Center is a full-service FBO in Western Maryland, offering aviation services to every aircraft, pilot and passenger that lands on its ramp. Owned by David and Ben Rider, the father/son duo established the FBO on the basic principle of the Golden Rule: treat guests as they would like to be treated when flying into an FBO.
VIP Terminal Extension at Belfast International Airport Granted
February 5th 2017, Belfast International Airport/EGAA, Northern Ireland
Barely 18 months after opening their full service FBO at Belfast International Airport, Global Trek Aviation has been granted permission by the airport to extend their FBO facility building by 100%! This follows ever increasing US corporate aviation & ferry flight use of the existing facility.
Back in mid 2015 GTA may have been a new start up but with a team of highly experienced industry professionals who had worked for such companies as Landmark Aviation, Ocean Sky and RSS across the UK it quickly became a success!
At Belfast International they built a brand new facility which included a very spacious VIP lounge, crew centre, showers and Operations Control Centre next to the GA Ramp. The facility boasts excellent privacy with its own secure entrance and car park well away from the commercial terminal.
On the ramp an impressive GSE display includes two Jet A-1 trucks (43,000 Litre and 17,000 Litre), three diesel tugs, three Houchin 690-C GPU, 2 wide bodied air stairs, Lav truck, potable water truck, as well as their VIP ground transportation fleet.
Global Trek MD David McColm comments “Our facility has been getting busier by the month and we have taken the decision to plan for future growth at an early stage. Doubling the floor space will allow us to provide even greater comfort for our clients, put in additional amenities and expand our Operations Control Centre to keep up with customer demand”
Brian Carlin, Belfast International Airports Director of Commercial Development in welcoming the expansion plans said “Global Trek has shown the depth of their industry experience and commitment by hitting the ground running, delivering a first class experience to their clients and investing in infrastructure, GSE and personnel training from the very start”
Going to NBAA SDC ? Meet the Global Trek Aviation FBO team, Booth 1928. General Manager Gordon Bingham & Flight Supervisor Philip Armstrong will be there to tell you why GTA FBO is the very best Tech Stop choice on the North Atlantic. With a NATA Safety 1st trained team & our two Jet A-1 trucks always next to the GA ramp offering excellent fuel prices, all the GSE you could wish for, 24H operations & no night curfews, Global Trek Aviation FBO at Belfast/EGAA/BFS is standing by for you!
Hawker Pacific has acquired the Adagold FBO locations in Cairns and Brisbane, Australia, bringing its total to eight FBOs.
At Brisbane Airport, which is anticipating the opening of a new runway in 2020, the company will operate from both its existing FBO facility and from the newly acquired location in on the GA ramp. The addition of the Cairns location improves the company’s capacity to capture the increasing amount of aircraft traffic in Queensland.
“With the recent announcements of improvement in the mining industry in Queensland, there is an expected lift in the fly-in, fly-out sector,” said Graham Owen, the company’s vice president of Australian FBOs. “Hawker Pacific is focused on ensuring we continue to meet growing demand in this segment of the market and further cement our position as the leading FBO in the region.”