Eurojet Aviation has opened a new £5-million business aviation center at BHX (Intl, Birmingham, England). The 41,000 sq ft building houses an authorized Cessna Citation service facility, full service FBO, commercial ops center and aircraft sales suite. The FBO boasts a snooze room with individual softly-lit "dens." Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in all areas. (L–R) Avfuel Pres & CEO Craig Sincock, Eurojet Managing Dir Graeme Campbell and BHX Development Dir Will Heynes at BHX.
West Star Aviation's GJT (Grand Junction CO) location was recently awarded a Defense Logistics Agency Energy (DLAE) contract. The contract calls for the supply of Jet A to the US Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and federal civilian agencies. The contract will span Oct 2012–Sep 2016. This makes West Star the only FBO on the Western Slope to offer Jet A defense fuels.
EPIC has announced that Western Edge Aviation (SerVair) at DIK (Dickinson ND) and ISN (Williston ND) have joined the EPIC FBO Network. They are now also part of the Bravo Rewards program.
Signature Aviation says its SXF (Schönefeld, Berlin, Germany) facility is fully operational. As of Jun 20, Signature is offering supervisory handling at its GA terminal, which features private crew and passenger lounge areas. SXF will become the sole airport serving Berlin later this year when TXL (Tegel, Berlin, Germany) closes permanently.
HEF (Manassas VA) has announced that it will begin construction to extend its longest runway by 500 ft. The airport received an FAA grant for $3,974,723 and $353,309 from a Virginia Dept of Aviation grant to lengthen Runway 16L/34R to 6200 ft. The extension will permit aircraft operators more runway to stop in inclement weather, allow aircraft to take more fuel for coast-to-coast flights and reduce noise levels to the north of the airport.
Four more FBOs have joined the UVair FBO Network. With the addition of Jackson Hole Aviation at JAC (Jackson WY), Jet West at SNS (Salinas CA), and Maguire Aviation North and South, both at VNY, the number of FBOs in the network has risen to 14. UVair FBO Network is an alliance between EPIC and the UVair fuel program. UVair FBO Network fuel signage is currently being installed at all independently-owned member locations.
Jet Aviation Dubai has received authorization to open an airside duty free shop at DXB (Dubai, UAE). Dubai Airport Authority and the Dubai Duty Free Authority granted approval for the shop, which will be adjacent to Jet Aviation's FBO facility and is expected to open later this year. Jet Aviation Dubai FBO Dir Philippe Gerard notes that opening an airside duty free shop "will eliminate the need to drive to the main airport for duty free shopping and significantly improve the quality of time spent by customers at our facility."
EDC (Exec, Austin TX) has opened a new 26,650 sq ft corporate hangar to meet demand for additional space. The $1.5-million hangar can house up to 22 aircraft depending on size. Hangar lease space at EDC now stands at almost 63,000 sq ft.
Sheltair has opened its new full service FBO at JFK (John F Kennedy, New York NY). The airport's sole FBO includes a remodeled 3100 sq ft terminal on 4.5 acres of land. Amenities include a pilot lounge, conference room, flight planning, wireless Internet, complimentary beverages and snacks, catering and passenger lounge. Courtesy shuttle service and crew cars are available.
Signal Aviation Services at LEB (Lebanon NH) has been rebranded as Granite Air following its purchase by 2 long-time employees, Jason Archambeault and Greg Soho. Plans include facility refurbishments and upgrades. In addition to offering FBO services and heated hangar space, Granite Air is a Part 145 maintenance and repair station.