Castle & Cooke Aviation has opened a new FBO at HNL (Honolulu, Oahu HI) featuring a service lounge, 18,000 sq ft hangar and 60,000 sq ft of office space. The facility is on the site of the former Circle Rainbow building, and was recently the subject of a $5-million renovation. Castle & Cooke provides line service and jet fueling. The company is also working to expand the GA ramp at LNY (Lanai City, Lanai HI) and will provide jet fuel and avgas at that location later this year.
Yingling Aviation has added 9000 sq ft to its ICT (Mid-Continent, Wichita KS) facility to accommodate expanded propeller overhaul and service capability, as well as its line service operation. Yingling is an authorized McCauley repair service center, specializing in aluminum propellers. The company reports investing in new test equipment so it can perform most inspections in-house rather than subcontracting the work. An expanded paint facility, 2 new battery test rooms and a new employee lounge are also part of the expansion.
Air Culinaire and Mireilles have merged, bringing the total number of Air Culinaire locations in the US to 14. Mireilles has provided catering to business aircraft at airports around San Francisco and Long Beach CA for several years. The former Mireilles locations began operating as Air Culinaire on Jun 9. Mireilles Founder Mindy Pevar will continue to manage the Long Beach and San Francisco locations. UFS-Aero FBO at CXY (Capital City, Harrisburg PA) is now an Avfuel branded dealer.
ProJet Aviation at OKV (Winchester VA) hosted a meet-and-greet luncheon recently to showcase the company's services to neighboring businesses and members of the Winchester area aviation community. ProJet is a private aircraft management, consulting, acquisition and charter company.
UFS-Aero is a full service facility, offering avionics, maintenance, flight training and aircraft storage. Additional amenities include wireless Internet, rental cars, catering, aircraft management and charter.
Key Air has announced a new full service FBO at ANE (Blaine, Minneapolis MN). The facility will feature multiple 80,000 sq ft hangars, an executive terminal and a business center. Key Air will offer aircraft management, charter services, aircraft sales and maintenance. Line service will be available from the facility in 2Q08, with the maintenance hangars scheduled to be operational in 4Q08. Key Air is accepting reservations from hangar tenants. The ANE facility will be a subsidiary of OXC (Oxford CT)-based Key Air.
Choice Aviation's FBO at COD (Yellowstone WY) is now fully operational, with a newly renovated 25,000 sq ft customer terminal and 40,000 sq ft maintenance hangar. Choice is now an Avfuel branded dealer. The company also offers flight training. Choice is operated by the Nielson family, which has operated an FBO at Cody since the late 1940s. In addition to amenities such as WSI weather, pilot lounge, satellite TV and courtesy car, Choice customers can get discounted golf at the nearby Olive Glen. Choice also offers passes to the nearby Buffalo Bill Historical Center.
Panorama Flight Service celebrates 50th anniversary
(L-R) Panorama executives Ken Healy, Gene Condreras, Jim Booth and Edmund Condreras with HPN Airport Mgr Joe Russell in a photo taken about 10 years ago. Ken Healy and Gene & Edmund Condreras are greatgrandsons of Panorama Founder Ed Healy Sr.
Panorama Flight Service at HPN (White Plains NY) celebrated its 50th anniversary with an open house on Apr 26 as guests toured the company's 20,000 sq ft hangar and FBO facilities.
Aircraft, cars, boats and motorcycles were on display to create a festive atmosphere for the event, which marked 50 years of FBO operation in the same location by a business still owned and operated by the family that started it.
Founder Ted Healy Sr spent his early career as a TV cameraman for CBS in New York City-but he also dreamed of a owning a full-service FBO to serve as "a one-stop shopping facility to provide aircraft users with a home away from home."
An early feature of the business was a scenic aerial tour down the Hudson River to the Statue of Liberty-for the then sizable sum of $9.75.
The company bought its first twin-engine airplane in the mid-60s, began a charter operation and Ted Healy Jr took the reins. As HPN became the business airport for New York City, Panorama grew with the industry and in 1981 moved into a new building at HPN.
An array of Cessna products, including a Columbia 400 (foreground), Caravan and Citation Mustang were on display, along with boats, cars and motorcycles at Panorama's open house.
Gene Condreras, a third-generation family member, began working for the company and, in 1992, when Ted Jr retired, he left Condreras and his brothers to run the business.
In 2002 Panorama moved into the buildings it occupies today, on a 21-acre site. At the same time it instituted 24/7 on-call maintenance, providing service to Part 121 and 135 carriers serving HPN. CitationShares also named Panorama a preferred FBO. Today, the company offers jet and turboprop charters, aircraft management, sales, maintenance, fuel and flight training.
Russ Payson, founder of Skyservice Business Aviation (SBA) in Montreal QC and Calgary AB, has resumed his role as president and CEO. For the past 10 years he Payson has headed Skyservice Airlines. Recent senior management appointments at SBA include Jean Langevin as senior VP ops, Luc Masse as senior VP for business development and strategy, and Jo-Ann Longworth as CFO.
Kenny Bieker has been named manager of facilities for the SLN (Salina KS) Airport Authority, with responsibility for existing facilities and development projects. Bieker formerly worked as a construction manager for BWR Corp, a contractor to the SLN Airport Authority.
Hawthorne Corp has appointed Steven Levesque as president. He replaces the late Thomas Dean Harton. Levesque joined Hawthorne in 1995 in the company's investment bank subsidiary, then served as CFO for Piedmont Hawthorne Aviation and Landmark Aviation. He returned to Hawthorne in 2007.