Cutter Aviation at PHX (Sky Harbor, Phoenix AZ) has received TSA authorization as an FBO gateway for approved GA and corporate flights to DCA. Cutter is only the 2nd Arizona FBO and one of fewer than 80 facilities nationwide to receive approval under the DCA Access Standard Security Program (DASSO). The program restores direct GA access to Washington DC, but only from facilities that comply with strict security standards. GA flights to DCA were banned after Sep 11, 2001. TSA began granting approval for select GA and corporate flights to DCA in 2006.
Universal Aviation has opened its 2nd FBO in Australia, at PER (Intl, Perth WA, Australia). The 20,200 sq ft facility offers full FBO service, 3 lounge areas for passengers and a separate VIP crew lounge and business center. An attached hangar is large enough to accommodate a Boeing 737 or Airbus A320. Universal Aviation has 41 locations in 19 countries. Its Australian headquarters is at SYD (Kingsford Smith, Sydney NSW, Australia).
Landmark Aviation has acquired the assets of Falcon Trust Air at TMB (Kendall–Tamiami, Miami FL). The 18,000 sq ft facility offers a gym, library, media room, pilot lounge, planning center and nap rooms, plus 42,000 sq ft of corporate hangar space. This acquisition brings the Landmark network to a total of 50 locations.
First Aviation at TEB (Teterboro NJ) is marking its 25th anniversary this year. The company got its start in 1986 when 2 recreational fliers looked for somewhere to tie down their Beechcraft. When Joe and Florence Ritorto learned that Beechcraft was about to close its TEB location, they bought the facility and opened their own FBO. Since then, First Aviation has grown into a major business, with more than 120 full-time employees pumping well over 6 million gallons of fuel annually. A new $60-million terminal with 120,000 sq ft of hangar space opened in 2007. A year later, the Ritortos handed the operation over to Bill Thomas, who had just completed a career as a US Navy pilot. First Aviation is celebrating its anniversary with special events at industry gatherings.
Following a major upgrade, the FBO at FMY (Fort Myers FL) has been renamed. Base Ops, formerly known as The Aviation Center, is designed to reflect the airport's early history as a WWII training facility. The curved roofline of its new terminal echoes the arch of a Quonset hut, while ground equipment has been painted olive drab to resemble Army service vehicles of the 1940s. Base Ops is an Avfuel branded dealer. The terminal offers modern amenities such as wireless Internet, a pilot lounge, rec room, executive conference room and complimentary ground services.
Executive Air at GRB (Green Bay WI) has joined Paragon Aviation Group. The FBO, established in the late 1960s, is the 11th location to join the Paragon network.
Schubach Aviation at CRQ (Carlsbad CA) celebrated the grand opening of its new 45,000 sq ft private hangar on Sep 7. The new facility is completely solar-powered and includes expanded office space with customer lounges and conference and meeting facilities. On display for the 250 guests at the celebration were several of the company's aircraft, including a Challenger 601-1A, a Challenger 601-3R, a Citation CJ3 and a newly acquired Gulfstream IVSP. Schubach has plans to add another Hawker 800XP to its fleet.
Odyssey Aviation has announced that it expects to enter its new facility at GGT (Exuma Islands, Bahamas) in Nov 2011. The company has been operating from a rented office adjacent to the main terminal since Dec 2009. Its new 2500 sq ft FBO building on the southeast side of the field will be the first at GGT. Amenities include a pilot lounge and flight planning room, passenger lounge, refreshment bar and Bahamas Customs & Immigration clearance.
Gate Gourmet, part of Zürich, Switzerland-based Gategroup, will provide aircraft provisioning and catering services to aircraft using AZI (Al Bateen Exec, Abu Dhabi, UAE) under an agreement signed on Sep 26 with Abu Dhabi Airports Co. A facility for the operation is now under construction at the airport. A former air base, Al Bateen is the first dedicated business airport in the Middle East. It opened in 2008.
Avfuel has added 3 new members to its network of branded dealers. Del Monte Aviation at MRY (Monterey CA) has been in business for 50 years. The new agreement adds marketing, promotion and the Avtrip rewards program to the flight planning facilities, courtesy and rental cars, wireless Internet, golf discounts and other services already available. Terre Haute Air Center at HUF (Intl, Terre Haute IN) has also begun providing Avfuel contract fuel, Avtrip rewards and other Avfuel products. Finally, Eurojet Aviation at BHD (Belfast City, Northern Ireland) has partnered with Avfuel, which will provide fuel, credit processing equipment, market support and the Avtrip rewards program for corporate customers. Eurojet is the first FBO in Northern Ireland—and in the whole of Ireland—to join the Avfuel network.