Million Air ADS (Addison, Dallas TX) has completed a major facility overhaul. The $2-million project included a remodeled front desk with 2-tone paneling and under counter accent lighting as well as hidden PC and keyboard areas. The adjacent lobby has new furniture that is more modern but with enhanced comfort for sitting in between flights. The lobby walls have been given the same ebony, chocolate brown two-tone paneling effect as the front desk. The renovation also included custom restrooms and upgraded conference rooms. A new weather met room has a countertop for PCs and printers, marble flooring and the carpet in the pilots lounge has been replaced. Downstairs the kitchen has also received an upgrade, while upstairs the break room has a new table and leather chairs. These renovations were added to the original existing amenities which include a private movie theater with seating for 6, an on-site workout facility with 14 stations, lockers and showers. Design and work were completed by Burkhart Interiors of Dallas.
Richmor Aviation has opened a new full service FBO at SWF (Newburgh NY). Operational 24/7, amenities include catering, transportation and accommodations, customs clearance on field, contract fuel pricing, maintenance and helicopter service to all New York area airports. With its 11,817-ft main runway, SWF is capable of handling corporate, heavy and military aircraft. Richmor also operates FBOs at POU (Poughkeepsie NY), SCH (Schenectady NY), 1B1 (Hudson NY) and 5B2 (Saratoga Springs NY).
ASA Group has signed a memorandum of agreement with TGR Group Asia to provide aviation and VIP security services to TGR Group Asia at the Jumeirah Private Island Phuket, Thailand. ASA will provide FBO services to visitors to the island at its new executive aviation terminal at HKT (Phuket, Thailand), scheduled to open later this year. (See FBO News, Professional Pilot, Jun 2009.) ASA will also provide private charter flights, VIP travel and security services for visitors to the island.
West Star Aviation DAL (Love, Dallas TX) is in the final stage of service expansion and facility consolidation. The renovated 50,000 sq ft facility will be able to accommodate corporate aircraft for maintenance, avionics repair/installation, interior refurbishments and minor paint activities. The renovated Lemmon Street facility includes new pilot lounges, planning areas, storage and technical shop space. The Cedar Springs Road facility will continue to provide line maintenance for transient customers. West Star DAL specializes in maintenance for Citations, Hawkers, Beechjets, King Airs and Learjets. It is also a factory authorized service center for the Embraer Phenom, Citation Mustang and 500/600 series. West Star is an authorized FAA certified repair station and is EASA approved.
Avfuel will be holding a Part 139 approved quality assurance and fire safety seminar on Oct 13–14 at Avflight LAN (Lansing MI). These seminars are directed at aviation services professionals including fuel managers, line service supervisors/personnel, helicopter operators, airport officials, corporate flight dept members and QA/QC personnel. Seminars are free to Avfuel customers and require online reservations at www. avfuel.com.
Air BP has added 5 new US locations—Altair Aviation LRD (Laredo TX), Blair Airport Authority BTA (Blair, Omaha NE), Branson Jet Center BBG Branson MO), Castle and Cooke Aviation AWO (Arlington WA) and Five Star Jet Center BAF (Westfield MA). All these sites offer full service FBO amenities and support and participate in the Air BP Sterling Card program. AWO is a smaller GA field with only 100LL fuel available. With these additions, the global Air BP network numbers 1600 FBOs in 90 countries.
Smyrna Air Center at MQY (Smyrna TN) has joined the Avfuel-branded network of FBOs. Located minutes by ground from downtown Nashville and the Nashville Superspeedway, Smyrna Air Center boasts easy, low air traffic arrival and departure. A full service FBO, Smyrna Air Center has 30,000 sq ft of recently-built climate-controlled hangar space. A large FBO terminal. open 24/7, features a conference room, pilot relaxation rooms, wireless Internet and the full range of business and flight planning tools. Leasable office space is also available. Smyrna Air Center also offers aircraft maintenance through its Part 145 repair station and new engine conversion capabilities through its Power90 King Air program. MQY has 2 asphalt runways of 8037 and 5546 ft that feature an ILS approach and an operating control tower.
Arrindell Aviation SXM (St Maarten, Netherlands Antilles) plans to culminate its 20th-anniversary celebration with a gala fundraising event on Nov 6. Guests will enjoy an evening of food, wine and philanthropy at Sonesta Maho Beach Resort. The event will help kick off ASPIRE—Arrindell: Supporting, Promoting, Inspiring & Rewarding Youth in Education—an event conceived by Arrindell Avn Founder & Pres Frank Arrindell to help support The Unity Foundation in St Maarten.