APP Jet Center at HWD (Hayward CA) has acquired the former Atlantic Aviation FBO at the airport and combined the 2 operations. This makes APP Jet Center the sole services provider at HWD, which sees more than 200 operations per day.

Edwards Jet Center at BIL (Billings MT) has acquired the main assets of Corporate Jet. These include its former rival's hangar, office and fuel farm. The transaction leaves Edwards Jet Center as the airport's lone FBO. Its single largest operation is flying air ambulances and transporting doctors from St Vincent Healthcare and Billings Clinic to outreach clinics in rural Montana.

Signature Flight Support has signed a long-term lease with fractional provider NetJets. Under the agreement, the Part 91K operator will receive a dedicated terminal at PBI (Intl, West Palm Beach FL). The new facility will include a 10,000 sq ft terminal on about 6 acres of paved ramp, aircraft movement and car parking areas. Construction is expected to be complete early in 2013.

Atlantic Aviation has opened its new facility at OKC (Will Rogers, Oklahoma City OK). The FBO chain's latest location includes a 28,000 sq ft hangar and a 12,000 sq ft terminal building with a large pilot lounge and several conference rooms. Atlantic has a 30-year lease on the 15-acre site.

Avfuel has added 2 more FBOs to its network of branded fuel providers—Kearney Aviation Center at EAR (Kearney NE) and North Philadelphia Jet Center at PNE (Northeast Philadelphia PA). Kearney Aviation Center is the airport's newest FBO, opened just last month. North Philadelphia Jet Center is known for luxurious accommodations that include a pilot lounge, pool table, snooze rooms, showers, kitchen facilities and even a rooftop hot tub and patio. Both facilities will provide contract fuel, the Avtrip reward program and other Avfuel products.

Landmark Aviation has begun operations at MIA (Intl, Miami FL), where it received a 10-year lease earlier this year. The new location will be another of the company's "Landmark Cares" facilities, which support local charities. Landmark MIA will donate a portion of its fuel sales to Miami–Dade County nonprofits and charitable organizations. A lawsuit brought by former operator Signature seeking to block Landmark's takeover of the location was settled in Landmark's favor this summer.

Million Air prepares to open new GPT facility

Million Air hangar. (Insets from top) NATA Pres Jim Coyne, Million Air COO Terry Cross, guests and VIPs at opening event.

Million Air is opening a new FBO on the southwest side of GPT (Gulfport–Biloxi MS), near the air­port's new control tower. The new 52,000 sq ft facility is located on a 9-acre site and features more than 200,000 sq ft of ramp space and parking.

It includes a 20,000 sq ft hangar, a 12,500 sq ft passenger terminal and an 80,000-gal fuel farm. Fuel will be provided initially by Ascent Aviation under the Phillips 66 brand. A US Customs office is located within the terminal in a facility designed to process up to 30 passengers per hour.

The new Million Air site represents the first major upgrade of FBO facilities at GPT since Hurricane Katrina ravaged the region in 2005, severely damaging or destroying most of the facilities on the field.

GPT is located in a foreign trade zone, which exempts outbound international traffic from a 5.7¢ state tax on jet fuel and inbound international arrivals from an additional 24.7¢ federal tax. Million Air says it expects to pump about 6 million gallons of fuel annually from the GPT site for business aviation, airline and military customers.

Million Air hosted a media tour of the facility on May 23–24 as the building was approaching completion. Speakers at a luncheon included NATA Pres Jim Coyne and GPT Exec Dir Bruce Frallic, who discussed the development of new infrastructure at the airport, including the process of qualifying and selecting a new FBO operator.

Also speaking were Million Air COO Terry Cross and Million Air GPT Business Devt Mgr Emily Hen­rik­­son, who spoke on behalf of her husband, Million Air GPT General Mgr Arve Henrikson, who was present but recovering from recent surgery.

Gulfport–Biloxi is a major gaming and casino destination and has new deepwater cargo port facilities. GPT officials foresee the airport becoming a major entry point for South American business traffic, as well as a fueling and tech stop for aircraft inbound and outbound for European and Middle Eastern destinations wishing to take advantage of reduced-cost fuel and an easy air traffic situation.

Opening of the GPT location brings the total of Million Air facilities to 30, with 4 added to the chain in the past year—NYL (Yuma AZ), RNO (Reno– Tahoe NV), TLH (Tallahassee FL) and GPT. —Mike Potts