Landmark IAD unveils new passenger lounge and lobby

Landmark IAD held a ceremony on Sep 15 to mark the official opening of its new 8000 sq ft passenger lounge and terminal lobby designed by Tammy Edwards Design. Completed in 3 months at a cost of $800,000, it features a redesigned entrance, CSR counter, weather room and passenger lounge. (Main photo) Passenger lounge. (Insets L–R) Terminal lobby and counters, Landmark Pres & CEO Dan Bucaro congratulating staff and paying tribute to customers, (L–R) Landmark Exec VP Ops Ted Hamilton, NATA Pres Jim Coyne and Landmark IAD Gen Mgr John Meehan.

Heritage Aviation is the latest full service FBO to open at BTV (Burlington VT). A “green” 79,300 sq ft facility, designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) criteria, is on schedule to open in 4Q2009. In addition to a customer reception area with atrium and coffee bar, the new facility has a pilot lounge and cinema, snooze rooms, fitness center, weather and briefing areas, hangar space, and free coffee and Wi-Fi. A green roof with observation deck offers views of Vermont’s Green Mountains and the Champlain Valley. The entire facility has been designed to be eco-friendly and luxurious, from the use of solar and wind energy to the use of LEKTRO tugs and ground vehicles that run on biodiesel.

Assistair Business Aviation Hand­ling is launching a new aviation company with the name Developair. Set up to be independent from Assistair, the new business will be based at FMD (Cannes-Mandelieu, France) and will operate initially from there before expanding into other markets. Developair will be providing a variety of private aviation services including handling supervision and concierge services. Its client base will include private jet companies looking for specific services not generally available through FBOs, brokers who require local knowledge of destinations, along with local residents who may need extra service and support. Anticipated to begin operating in early 2010, the Cannes base was selected for its importance in the VIP executive jet market, its position on the Medi­terranean and its proximity to Nice.

TAC Air is planning major developments for LEX (Lexington KY). A fall groundbreaking is in the works to kick off construction of a new executive terminal. An expanded passenger lobby, conference rooms, movie theater, exercise room, pilot lounge, quiet room, flight planning area and gift store are all part of the new facility. In addition to the new 11,500 sq ft terminal, construction will also begin on a new 45,000 sq ft hangar. These improvements are expected to be completed within one year. TAC Air has also reached a definitive agreement to purchase all assets of Air51, which opened an FBO facility at LEX in early 2008. TAC Air will also assume Air51’s sponsorship of the 2010 World Equestrian Games. The original TAC Air executive terminal will be turned over to the airport for other growth opportunities, which may include expansion of the Aviation Museum of Kentucky.

EXX (Lexington NC) will open its 2nd FBO by late October. Carolina East Flight Centre—Lexington Executive will be a full service Chevron FBO and aircraft maintenance center offering a full range of amenities and service for piston and turbine aircraft. Initially, operational hours will be 0700–2300 daily with after-hours service available no extra charge.

Universal Aviation, based at HHH (Khabarovsk, Russia), is now fully operational. This is the newest member of Universal’s global ground support division. According to Universal, the team in eastern Russia has been supporting trips throughout the region for more than 15 years and averages over 10 years experience per staff member. An HHH-based team will be able to coordinate handling and fuel at the following Russian airports—EEE (Yakutsk), HMA (Anadyr), HMM (Magadan), HPP (Petro­pavlovsk), HSS (Yuzhno–Sak­halinsk), HWW (Vladivostok), IAA Chita, IBB (Bratsk) and III (Irkutsk), as well as HHH.

Vail Valley Jet Center at EGE (Eagle CO) advises that the airport is now open again following extensive runway renovation. The work is part of a 5-year $60-million airport improvement project that includes a new ILS, upgraded terminal and new radar facility. The new runway is 9000 ft in length, thanks to a new 1000-ft displaced threshold. This will allow aircraft to take off with more passengers, cargo and fuel. (Above) Cele­brations for the reopening included a so-called “Runway Romp” which included bicycle races, children’s activities and a 5K run on the newly paved surface.