Panorama Flight Service at HPN is now an authorized Eastern Aviation Fuels–Shell Aviation dealer. Panorama operates a full service FBO at HPN that includes a repair station. The FBO will host the 2011 NBAA Northeast Regional Forum next June. Shell has more than 400 branded FBOs throughout North America.
Signature now offers ground handling coordination services in France. This follows the launch of the same capability in Germany earlier this year. FBOs will assist pilots in coordinating additional flight support services such as slot coordination, Notams, weather and pilot briefings, ground handling, fuel, catering, hotels and limousines at airports throughout the country. By means of agreements with a network of existing FBOs and airport authorities throughout France, Signature can schedule flight support services for pilots, arrange credit and billing and offer a single invoice for all services received for customer trips within France. At present, Signature operates FBOs at LBG (le Bourget, Paris), NCE (Nice) and TLN (Toulon). Flight support coordination and credit services, including fuel, are offered at other French airports, including CDG (Charles de Gaulle, Paris), LYN (Bron, Lyon), LYS (St-Exupéry, Lyon), MRS (Marseille), ORY (Orly, Paris) and TLS (Toulouse). The FBO chain plans to add further airports in both France and Germany to assist pilots with ground handling services.
Ross Aviation has added Ronson Aviation at TTN (Trenton NJ) to its portfolio of FBOs. The facility will continue initially to operate as Ronson Aviation. Ross has rehired all of the Ronson staff, including General Mgr Wolcott Blair. Founded in 2004 by Jeff and Greg Ross, Ross Aviation now has 14 FBOs, including Corporate Aircraft at FAT, Denver AirCenter at BJC, Great Circle Flight Services at ANC, Laredo Aero Center at LRD, Miami Executive Aviation at OPF, Santa Fe AirCenter at SAF, Scottsdale AirCenter at SDL, and Bradley Pacific Aviation at 6 locations in Hawaii—HNL (Honolulu, Oahu HI), ITO (Hilo, Hawaii HI), KOA (Kona, Hawaii HI), LIH (Lihue, Kauai HI), LNY (Lanai City, Lanai HI) and OGG (Kahului, Maui HI).
SGR (Sugar Land, Houston TX) has renamed its FBO Global Select. "Launching a new name will allow us to market the FBO independently from the city's airport," says SGR Aviation Dir Phillip Savko. Based in the 20,000 sq ft airport terminal building, Global Select offers 24/7 service, onsite US customs services, gourmet catering, NATA Safety 1st certified line service crew and 500,000 sq ft of ramp space. SGR is the 4th largest airport in the Greater Houston area.
Signature has inked a deal to manage Starlink Aviation's FBO at YUL (Trudeau, Montreal QC, Canada). The agreement marks the first time Signature will have a presence in Canada and brings the number of Signature FBOs worldwide to 103. Starlink will rebrand and operate all its FBO services as Signature Flight Support. The FBO, with an 88,000 sq ft hangar and office complex, will offer pilots Signature's full portfolio of services. Signature YUL is a 24/7 facility offering a secure, heated 65,000 sq ft hangar in addition to a crew and passenger lounge, sleeping room, shower facilities, café/bistro, conference room and wireless Internet access. Operations include ground handling, crew cars, on-site customs, flight planning, computerized weather service and anti-icing. Starlink Aviation aircraft charter, management, corporate shuttle and MRO services will continue to operate under the Starlink name. The company has offices in Montreal and Toronto, with 20 bizjets under management.
TAC Air has sold its GMU (Downtown, Greenville SC) FBO to Greenville Jet Center. However, according to TAC Air VP & COO Christian Sasfai, the company is also looking at several FBO acquisition possibilities and will make an announcement in early 2011. TAC Air operates 12 FBOs.
NATA has published the agenda for its 2011 FBO Leadership Conference, scheduled to take place on Feb 7–8 in Savannah GA. NATA and NBAA plan to once again coordinate the FBO Leadership Conference with NBAA's Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, being held in Savannah from Feb 9–12.
Attendees will still be required to register for each event separately. Access www.nata.aero/fbolc to register for the NATA event and www. nbaa.org to register for NBAA's conference. The agenda includes:
- Political leadership session on how the 2011 political landscape will change and how those changes may affect business aviation.
- General aviation security update on such issues as the Large Aircraft Security Program with TSA General Mgr for General Aviation Security Brian DeLauter.
- NATA's Safety 1st and workers' compensation program update, with a review of key areas having the greatest impact on operational safety.
- Airport minimum standards session, offering a discussion of the value of comprehensive airport minimum standards in protecting the future of an FBO and how to work with the airport during the development or revision process to secure the interests of the business owner.