Record snowfall of almost 3 ft in the Washington DC area destroyed most of the Dulles Jet Center facility at IAD on Feb 6. No one was injured in the collapse of 3 hangars, but 14 aircraft—including a mix of Gulfstream, Bombardier Global Express and Dassault Falcon business jets—were destroyed by large metal support beams that fell on them. Dulles Jet Center, which consists of four 40,000 sq ft hangars on the west side of IAD adjacent to the Signature facility, was built by developer Nathan Landow in 2006 at a cost of $60 million. The facility is closed for the immediate future but plans are under way to rebuild elsewhere on the airport.

TME (Exec, Houston TX) has opened a second corporate hangar. Completion of the 23,400 sq ft hangar follows construction of a 26,000 sq ft hangar that opened in 2009. TME is a private commercial airport established by Ron Henrik­sen, a Houston businessman and pilot. Plans call for the airport’s runway to be extended from 6610 ft to 7604 ft. TME offers 24-hr aircraft fueling, ground handling, rental and crew cars, crew lounge, catering services and complimentary wireless Internet access. Henriksen is also developing Austin Executive Airport, which is scheduled to open later this year.

Ambassador Jet Center, a full service FBO at RBD (Exec, Dallas TX), has completed the first of 3 hang­ars for lease or sale. Two of the hangars will be “condominium-styled” with a 61 x 26 ft hydraulic swing door and an office/condo area attached with direct hangar access. Both are 68 x 60 ft and come equipped with an 8 x 10 ft overhead ground-level door. The first of the hangars offers a kitchen and a mezzanine for either a bedroom or an office area. At 13,440 sq ft, the third hangar includes 4000 sq ft of office space, which can be used for a maintenance facility or corporate flight department offices. An investment of $8 million has been committed to improvements to the FBO, which offers complimentary overnight hangar space with a fuel purchase. There are no ramp fees and Ambassador has Part 135 maintenance, airframe and avionics repairs.