SheltAir ECP (Panama City FL) has completed its new FBO facility. The location offers a 9100 sq ft hangar, more than 5 acres of ramp space, and a 5000 sq ft executive terminal with pilot lounge and shower, flight planning area, and conference room. It replaces a temporary trailer that the FBO has been working from for the past year.
Skyservice Business Aviation of Canada is celebrating its 25th year in business. Over that period, the company has grown from 15 employees based in Montreal to more than 500 across Canada and worldwide. Skyservice originated as a school paper written by Founder & CEO Russ Payson. Today it operates FBOs at YUL (Trudeau, Montreal QC), YYC (Calgary AB) and YYZ (Pearson, Toronto ON). Over the years the company has developed its charter and management business in addition to its FBO and maintenance operations. Skyservice was the first non-US operation to complete the Air Charter Safety Foundation audit and expects to be IS-BAO certified shortly.
McGill Aviation at FHB (Fernandina Beach FL) has been awarded nearly $2 million in the latest round of a battle with the City of Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island. The judgment includes almost $1.3 million in legal fees, plus past damages and future rent reduction. This legal odyssey began in 2004 when the City unilaterally cut 3 acres of paved parking ramp from the area McGill had leased and denied the FBO any form of compensation. When the FBO went to court, the City tried to evict them. Since then a mediation, an arbitration, 2 lawsuits by the City, and 1 appeal have all gone McGill's way. Nonetheless, the City has announced that it will appeal again. Final resolution of the long-running dispute is expected by Mar 2012.
EAN Jet Centre has opened what may be West Africa's first purpose-built FBO at LOS (Lagos, Nigeria). In addition to the usual amenities, the 160,000 sq ft facility includes a customs and immigration office where crew and passengers can complete entry and exit procedures 24/7. Parent company Evergreen Apple Nigeria is negotiating with airport officials to use a section of the ramp exclusively for GA.
Wilson Air Center opened a new FBO at CHA (Chattanooga TN)—its 4th facility—on Aug 4. The facility includes a new 9000 sq ft executive terminal, an office complex, hangar facilities, ramp, and self-service fuel farm. The official opening event on Aug 11 featured a silent auction that raised nearly $11,000 for St Jude's Children's Research Hospital and 400 area families with patients who had undergone treatment there. Cessna, Embraer and Hawker Beechcraft provided static displays.
LaSill Aviation at LAW (Lawton OK) has become a Phillips 66 dealer. LAW is a major base for military training and deployment—with military movements accounting for some 65% of airport activity—so in addition to private airplanes and commercial airliners, LaSill fuels everything up to and including Boeing C17s. Transactions for the Defense Logistics Agency are processed under Phillips' Partners-Into-Plane contract fuel program. Some 25% of military movements occur between midnight and dawn.
Universal Aviation Australia (UAA), headquartered at SYD (Kingsford Smith, Sydney NSW, Australia) has opened its second location, at PER (Perth WA). The 20,200 sq ft facility offers full FBO service including hangar space large enough for a BBJ. Amenities include a separate VIP/crew lounge, 3 passenger lounges including conference room, business center, showers and complimentary wireless Internet. Universal Aviation, UAA's parent company, has 41 locations in 19 countries.
In Colorado, the City of Steamboat Springs is weighing contractors' proposals to build a 3000 sq ft structure to be used for a public FBO at SBS (Steamboat Springs CO).