Million Air MWH (Moses Lake WA) has joined the Avfuel network. Located at the airport’s main terminal, Million Air MWH offers a renovated facility with features that include a pilot lounge and movie theater, meeting space, flat-screen TV, WSI weather and flight planning, courtesy cars and crew vans, catering and refreshments. Million Air MWH is one of 6 Freeman Holdings Million Air locations—the others are AEX (Alexandria LA), CWF (Lake Charles LA), FOE (Topeka KS), RME (Rome NY) and VCV (Victorville CA).
Also joining the Avfuel network is Scottsdale AirCenter at SDL (Scottsdale AZ), which will now offer the Avfuel contract fuel program. Scottsdale AirCenter is a full-service FBO serving the greater Phoenix metro area. Amenities include 175,000 sq ft of hangar space that can accommodate aircraft up to the size of a Gulfstream V
FBO Plus has launched FBO Manager, a Windows-based software program designed to assist FBOs with invoicing, fuel management, inventory and flight school and maintenance management. It offers fully integrated processing of aviation credit cards and is compatible with most leading accounting software. FBO Plus is the parent company of Eastern Aviation Fuels, which distributes Shell aviation products.
Hong Kong’s ASA Group has opened a new office in Singapore. It will be managed by Scott Stammers. The company provides VIP security, ground handling and concierge services in the Asia Pacific region and recently partnered with The Luxury Network (TLN) an affinity-marketing group with networks in Beverly Hills, London, Milan, Moscow and the Middle East. ASA owns and manages the franchise in Asia. Membership in TLN is by invitation only and works with companies to develop affinity marketing, cobranding, events and partnerships. ASA Group has bases throughout Southeast Asia, Dubai, the UK and the US.
Berlin Airports has turned over the operation of the GA terminal at SXF (Schönefeld, Berlin, Germany) to ExecuJet Europe. Under the terms of the deal ExecuJet will be responsible for the handling of all business aviation activity at the airport, including fueling, handling and aircraft parking. In 2008 ExecuJet opened a refurbished and enlarged FBO at SXF with a 2-floor facility that includes a crew lounge, ops briefing room, VIP pax lounges and conference facilities. A new airport currently being constructed on the site of SXF will become BBI (Berlin Brandenburg Intl) when it opens in late 2011.
Dave Richardson, long-time line service manager for the Million Air FBO at YKZ (Buttonville, Toronto ON, Canada), died suddenly on Jan 17. In remembering Richardson, Million Air CEO Roger Woolsey spoke of his “friendly style of leadership and passion for aviation” and said that “he never met a stranger.” Richardson had worked at YKZ for 25 years, starting out as a lineman and eventually progressing to the position of line service manager. He was known to everyone as “DR” and recognized for his superb people skills. Flags and the windsock at the airport were lowered to half-mast in his honor.