Jet Aviation has completed the refurbishment of its FBO at GVA (Geneva, Switzerland). The newly appointed FBO is nearly twice the size of the original facility, adding 1027 sq ft for a total of 2126 sq ft. As part of a global refurbishment program announced last year, Jet Aviation GVA is the 1st company facility to be transformed with a fresh new corporate look and feel. The main floor of the FBO now offers a new reception area and 3 customer lounges. A stairway was also built to extend the facility to a 2nd floor, which includes a meeting room for clients as well as a large crew area with lounge, rest area, meeting room and operations center.
Hawthorne Global Aviation Services has acquired development rights for an FBO at PWK (Exec, Chicago IL). Charleston SC-based Hawthorne plans to begin construction immediately and expects the facility to be completed in 2014.
APP Jet Center at HWD (Hayward CA) has successfully completed NATA's Safety 1st ground audit. The FBO is the 1st company to be listed on the NATA ground audit registry. The Safety 1st ground audit allows FBO members to take a rigorous look at their operation as a whole, determine where improvements in safety need to be made, and ensure those changes are implemented.
NBAA reports that flight clearance lead times for India are about to get shorter. At issue has been the long lead time required for both landings and overflight clearances. Currently, it requires 7 working days to obtain a landing clearance and 3 working days to obtain an overflight clearance in India. So, in certain situations it could take up to 11 days to obtain a landing clearance. In 2010, the NBAA Intl Operators Committee began working with the US India Business Council (USIBC) to address the issue. By Jun 2011, the committee's efforts led to a letter signed by NBAA Pres & CEO Ed Bolen and USIBC Pres Ron Somers, asking India's Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to consider streamlining the clearance procedures for overflights and landings in India. Three weeks later, India's secretary of civil aviation indicated his agreement with the points of the letter and instructed DGCA to conduct a study of the issue. The study was conducted in early 2012, and by Nov 2012 NBAA had received word that the shortening of lead times had been approved and that DGCA would issue a civil aviation regulation (CAR) in that regard in the near future. According to NBAA, preliminary information indicates the new CAR will reduce the lead time for landing clearances from 7 to 3 working days and overflight clearances from 3 to 1 working day. Furthermore, the association says operators should expect a 6-month trial period of the new CAR, after which DGCA may further reduce its advance notice requirements.
Jackson Jet Center at BOI (Boise ID) has joined the Air Elite Network. The newly remodeled facility is located on the airport's north side and is a combination of the former Boise Air Service and Boise Executive Terminal. The 9400 sq ft passenger and crew facility includes a flight planning center, exercise room, men's and women's showers, pilot lounge with sleep room, conference room, and free Wi-Fi throughout the facility. The FBO also has 92,000 sq ft of hangar space and hosts an aircraft maintenance and parts facility. With the addition of Jackson Jet Center, the Air Elite Network now has 28 locations worldwide.
AeroColorado has broken ground on a new facility at APA (Centennial, Denver CO). The construction will consist of 35,500 sq ft of hangar space and nearly 21,000 sq ft of office, garage and shop space. The facility's design takes into account specific requirements for pilots, engineers, maintenance and other service providers as well as passenger loading and unloading considerations. Specialized features will include master security, a covered portico dropoff, tug escape doors, segmented maintenance and storage areas, centrally located water and air lines, and parking and garage options. Design and construction of the facility is being managed by dcb Construction Company of Colorado. AeroColorado expects the project to be completed in early 2Q2014.