Incorporated on Halloween Day 1930, Galvin celebrated its 80th anniversary at the NBAA convention in Atlanta on Oct 20. (L–R) Galvin Dir of Business Devt and Marketing Douglas Wilson, Client Services Mgr Nancy Sheckler-Cecchi, Pres Peter Anderson, Line Service Sales Mgr Scott Jefvert and Dir of Flight Ops Skip Moshner.
Odyssey Aviation Bahamas plans to build an FBO—the first—at EXU (Intl, Exuma, Bahamas). The company opened satellite facilities in GGT (Georgetown, Great Exuma, Bahamas) and TCB (Treasure Cay, Abaco Islands, Bahamas) at the end of last year and the operation at TCB will remain a satellite location for now. The new 2400 sq ft FBO will be based next to the airport's existing parking area for aircraft arrivals and departures. Odyssey has not leased a specific section of the ramp but will use a 200 x 200 ft portion directly in front of the FBO. Odyssey is a partnership of 10 flight service operations throughout the US and the Bahamas.
Hangar Ten celebrated the grand opening of the second phase of its expansion on Oct 6 with owner James Stowers and assorted dignitaries in attendance. The 55,000 sq ft facility, located at the northwest end of MKC (Downtown, Kansas City KS), was designed by Dye Aviation Facilities and incorporates a 2-story, 26,000 sq ft "environmentally friendly" terminal building. Hotel-style pilot overnight rooms double as day quarters for crews, together with a fitness center that includes separate men's and women's locker rooms fitted with showers. A 29,000 sq ft hangar will hold a Gulfstream G650 or Global Express. The FBO has a 40,000-gal Jet A fuel farm as well as a ramp large enough for a Boeing BBJ. A future third phase will include additional office and hangar space.
Signature has entered into an agreement to manage McDonald Aviation's FBO at FAT (Fresno CA). McDonald bought the FBO, formerly Scott Aircraft, earlier this year to house its Gulfstream and has completed an extensive refurbishment of the entire property, which up until now has been used solely for its own aircraft. The FBO will be fully branded and operated as a Signature facility. The terminal building is 6100 sq ft and features a passenger lounge, crew lounge, 2 sleep rooms, conference room and Signature's standard refreshment area. All lounges include hi-def TVs and video libraries. A 40,800 sq ft hangar is capable of accommodating a Global Express or Gulfstream and offers a large rampside covered patio where pilots can view the Sierra Nevada mountain range.
ExecuJet Europe and Advanced Air Support have launched a partnership to refurbish an FBO at LBG (le Bourget, Paris, France). The FBO has undergone a full refurbishment over the past few months, designed to incorporate the style of both companies. The facility offers 2 passenger lounges, a pilot lounge and separate crew relaxation room, and 2 bedrooms for crew and passengers. Wi-Fi, satellite TV, catering, parking, meeting rooms and complete concierge service are all available. The FBO is the 3rd in Europe for ExecuJet and its 7th worldwide. It includes a 170,000 sq ft hangar and 190,000 sq ft of ramp space for aircraft parking. Headquartered in Zürich, ExecuJet offers aircraft sales, management, maintenance and completions, with operations in Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and South Africa.
TWG Aviation, operating under the names Business Jet Access and Business Jet Center, has purchased Vitesse Aviation at DAL. TWG acquired the leasehold improvements, which include 7.5 acres and 2 hangars. Vitesse has operated an FBO and a maintenance and charter business at the present location for the past 4 years. It will retain its Part 145 certificate but move its landing gear and component repair to a facility near DAL where it will continue to offer MRO services. The current charter and aircraft management business will also move to the new site, giving Business Jet Center additional hangar space.
Houston property developer Ron Henriksen has started construction of a new terminal building and FBO at EDC (Exec, Austin TX). Henriksen purchased the airport, formerly known as Bird's Nest, in 2007. Expected to open in 2Q2011, EDC will offer a 6025-ft runway, ramp, fuel farm and corporate hangars large enough to handle a GV. The 27,500 sq ft FBO and 29,000 sq ft hangar will feature a 140 x 85 ft canopy. Airport VP of Devt Andrew Perry says that Texas has been trying to restore GA to the Austin area for over a decade. The airport is also seeking to attract maintenance, avionics and paint shops, together with other businesses.