AAR and Oklahoma City Dept of Airports have opened a new FBO at OKC (Will Rogers, Oklahoma City OK). Designed to handle more than 10,000 operations a year, the $1.8-million, 6000 sq ft facility is the result of a public/private partnership between AAR and Oklahoma City. AAR has operated an FBO at OKC for more than 40 years, and the new facility was built after years of planning and collaboration with the city’s Dept of Airports and Oklahoma City Airport Trust. The FBO was designed by Frankfurt-Short-Bruza Associates and built by Silvercliffe Construction, both of Oklahoma City. In addition, AAR, a Phillips 66 dealer, has the fueling contract for airlines serving OKC. Chip Smith, dir of FBO services for AAR Aircraft Services, will continue to serve as manager of the new facility, which is open 24/7.
OXF (Kidlington, Oxford, England) is to embark on a ramp expansion and strengthening project that will double the amount of available ramp space for the Oxfordjet FBO. The new high-strength ramp will provide an additional 4.4 acres of space. At the same time, the airport is resurfacing 54,000 sq ft of existing ramp space. This work is being done in part to prepare for next year’s Silverstone Grand Prix and the 2012 Olympics. When finished, OXF will have enough ramp space to handle about 40 mid to large-size bizjets adjacent to the Oxfordjet FBO. In Jun 2010, the airport broke ground on a new hangar that will add approximately 50,000 sq ft to the facility, increasing total hangar space to 240,000 sq ft. The new 3-bay facility will be the largest facility at the airport. Work on the ramp expansion and new hangar is due to be finished in December.
ExecuJet Mexico has opened a new office at TLC (Toluca, Mexico City, Mexico). ExecuJet has been operating in the country since 2002 offering aircraft management, charter, sales and maintenance and currently has offices at MTY (Gral Escobedo, Monterrey del Norte, Mexico) and NTR (Intl, Monterrey del Norte, Mexico). ExecuJet’s base will be managed locally by Dispatch Coordinator Adilson Palmas and overseen by Ops Dir Mark Hardman. Exec Air Montana at HLN (Helena MT) is now an Avfuel-branded dealer, offering Avtrip points and Avfuel and Cessna contract fuel programs. Recently renovated, the FBO has a large ramp capable of handling aircraft up to the size of a Lockheed C5A and 42,000 sq ft of heated hangar space.
TAC Air BDL (Windsor Locks CT) has also joined the Avfuel network, while El Aero Services has joined the network with the status of Avnet dealer. TAC Air BDL has 4 hangars and sufficient ramp space to accommodate the largest of business aircraft. El Aero has 2 locations—CXP (Carson City NV) and EKO (Elko NV)—both of which can accommodate aircraft up to the size of a Boeing 727. El Aero CXP has hangar space for transients as well as a Part 145 repair station.
US Bank Multi Service Aviation is now issuing its Multi Service Aviation Card to companies and pilots who fly in South Africa. Multi Service Aviation now issues cards in 35 countries. South African sales efforts will be managed out of Johannesburg by Martin Hankins, president of MH Aviation Services, Multi Service Aviation’s regional representative.