Mjets has opened Thailand’s first FBO, at DMK (Don Muang, Bangkok, Thailand). Situated at the former private aircraft terminal, the full service FBO was built by Mjets, which is partly owned by Minor Group Founder Bill Heinecke. Mjets will operate the facility under a 5-year contract with the airport authority. Mjets also offers charter service. (Photos L–R) Mjets Managing Dir Jaiyavat Navaraj. Terminal passenger lounge.
Heritage Aviation plans to open its new 79,000 sq ft eco-friendly FBO at BTV (Burlington VT) on May 20. The FBO was designed by TruexCullins employing “green” technology and ecofriendly materials. Heritage engaged Vermont companies and craftsmen in the facility’s design, construction and outfitting. The lounge features handcrafted furnishings of natural woods, stone and textiles from reclaimed and sustainable sources. The FBO is partially powered by renewable resources including solar and wind energy generated by solar panels and the first community-scale wind turbine at a GA facility. Rain water is collected and reused from one of the largest green roofs in New England. The parking lot was constructed using pervious pavement, a porous substitute for traditional asphalt, which allows water to be absorbed into the ground rather than runoff into storm drains. The facility will eventually be LEED Silver certified. Pilots have access to a gym, game room, media room, flight planning and snooze rooms. Aircraft charter and management services are available through Heritage Flight, an affiliate company which also operates an FAA-certified repair station for aircraft and avionics maintenance.
Jet Aviation has inked an agreement with Universal Aviation France to establish a line maintenance and AOG operation at LBG (le Bourget, Paris, France). Pending EASA approval, the services should be fully operational in May. Jet Aviation will provide line maintenance and AOG support for Airbus, Boeing BBJ, Bombardier and Gulfstream aircraft. Universal LBG has a 33,000 sq ft hangar, pax and crew lounges and conference facilities. Operators using Jet Aviation’s maintenance services will receive discounts on Universal’s ground support services. Universal Aviation is the only FBO in France to have completed NATA’s Safety 1st professional line service training program.
Ranger Jet Center has returned to ISM (Kissimmee FL). The central Florida FBO has more than 500,000 sq ft of ramp space and 117,000 sq ft of hangar space, plus 14,000 sq ft of office space for based customers. Ranger can store aircraft up to the size of a Gulfstream V or Global Express and offers full ground service, including quick turns, with rampside auto access. Pilots have a dedicated lounge, snooze room and shower facilities together with a flight-planning room equipped with WSI weather and wireless Internet access.
Landow Aviation, the operator of Dulles Jet Center (DJC) at IAD, has been ordered by Alexandria US District Court to cease and desist from portraying itself or acting as an FBO and from servicing transient aircraft. The ruling supports the claim by Signature Flight Support that Landow, as Signature’s sublessee, breached specific obligations contained in its ground sublease agreement (GSA). The court held that Landow’s provision of any and all FBO services is in violation of the relevant section of the GSA. Built by developer Nathan Landow in 2006 on land subleased from Signature, most of the DJC facility was destroyed on Feb 6 this year when 3 of the 4 hangar roofs collapsed under the weight of snow, destroying 14 aircraft.