Hawker Pacific and its joint venture partner, the Shanghai Airport Authority, held a groundbreaking ceremony recently to mark the start of construction at the site of their new business aviation facility at SHA (Hongqiao, Shanghai, China). The new facility is planned to be completed in late 2009. It will include an FBO terminal, MRO facilities and aircraft management services. It will be capable of handling up to 6000 aircraft movements a year. Shanghai Airport Authority is the operator of the city's 2 airports, which are among the busiest facilities in China. Hawker Pacific CEO Alan Smith says, "This is an extremely important step for the company-one that has taken many years to achieve." The new facilities will provide services to existing domestic and international corporate aircraft as well as supporting anticipated growth in corporate/private aircraft ownership in China. Hawker Pacific will provide its expertise to the joint venture, which will focus initially on FBO and MRO activities. Aircraft management services will gradually be introduced in line with market development & demand.

An indoor waterfall and 4-hole putting green greet visitors to the recently opened Cleveland Jet Center-CGF (Cuyahoga, Cleveland OH)'s newest FBO. This operation brings a first-class terminal to an airport 20 minutes from downtown Cleveland. CGF also features a 5102-ft runway giving access to midsize to large jets. Cleveland Jet Center has also teamed with Avfuel to supply fuel, and will offer the Avtrip rewards program as part of the cooperation. The new FBO also offers 26000 sq ft of heated hangar space.

Million Air has acquired Air America Fuel and Services at MWH (Moses Lake WA) and will begin operations under the name Million Air Moses Lake on Jan 1, 2009. This addition to the Million Air network will offer a point of entry for flights inbound from Asia, as MWH boasts a US Customs & Border Patrol (CBP) detachment. The airport is also equipped to handle aircraft up to Boeing 747 size. According to a release from the company, the airport's location also plays a big role in its selection. While not necessarily near any major city, the airport averages 360 days per year of VFR operations. Million Air Moses Lake will also support Japan Airlines' Boeing 747 training program.

Landmark Aviation has completed the expansion and renovation of its HPN (White Plains NY) base. The facility boasts a VIP lounge, a snooze room for pilots, a conference room and a galley. The addition includes 8110 sq ft of new office space as well as renovations to 15,098 sq ft of its existing FBO facility. The project cost Landmark $5.4 million.

Avion Flight Center has signed with Avfuel for fueling services at MAF (Intl, Midland TX). Part of Deer Horn Aviation, Avion Flight Center offers a 6000 sq ft FBO terminal with a 22-acre ramp. Deer Horn also provides MRO, paint, charter and aircraft management services at MAF. Signing with Avfuel, Avion will also begin accepting Avtrip memberships.

Sugar Land Regional FBO at SGR (Sugar Land, Houston TX) will begin using ACM's Passur FBO software suite. This software aids in scheduling arrivals and departures. It also helps track operations for the FBO and provides marketing and analytical reports.

Odyssey Aviation and Odyssey Aviation Bahamas have joined forces to form a single entity. Over the past decade, the CEOs of both companies have worked closely on many aspects of operations from marketing to business planning for their future. Now Odyssey Aviation will have 7 full-service FBO locations at AVL (Asheville NC), CHS (Intl, Charleston SC), CMH (Port Columbus OH), LFT (Lafayette LA), LUK (Lunken, Cincinnati OH), MDW (Midway, Chicago IL), NAS (Nassau, Bahamas) and NEW (Lakefront, New Orleans LA). The NAS location also has international entry with onsite CBP operations. According to the company, there have been no changes to management and there will be no changes in operations on any level. This merger simply brings together the 2 operations under one name.

Execujet Center has opened a new interiors showroom at its ZRH (Zurich, Switzerland) FBO. The facility will support Execujet's completions work with its full line of materials on display. It will also display additional options like towels, blankets and china the company offers in its completions packages.

Twin Cities Air Service has announced that its base airport-LEW (Auburn-Lewiston ME)-plans to extend the runway from 5000 to 6000 ft. The FBO is looking forward to the increased capacity the runway extension will offer the airport at large. Twin Cities Air Service has also become one of the most recent additions to the growing network of Avfuel-branded FBOs. Twin Cities Air Service is a full-service FBO and Part 135 operator certified for international charter flights to Canada, the Caribbean, Bermuda and Central America. FBO services at Twin Cities Air Service include aircraft preheating and a heated hangar for the cold Maine winters, short-notice and emergency maintenance, GPU, deicing, rental cars and pilot supplies. With a new parallel taxiway and a new ramp area for parking, Twin Cities Air Service will cater to aircraft of almost any size.

Media Online is offering a Web-based flight management system called Flight Operations System 2008 (FOS), designed specifically to help FBOs and flight departments track aircraft as they pass through the system. Users can apply any information to a specific aircraft (marked by its N-number), including maintenance and fueling needs. The system also provides up-to-date weather. Being Web-based, the system can be setup for access through the customer's website.

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West Star Aviation has announced that Vel Kovacevich has joined the company's interior modification sales team. His responsibilities will include working in conjunction with the sales team to help acquire new business for interior modifications. Prior to this new position, Kovacevich worked in contracts at West Star Aviation where he produced interior proposals for all of the company's facilities. Kovacevich will continue these duties along with his new sales role.