Universal Aviation Spain is relocating its headquarters to MAD (Barajas, Madrid, Spain). The decision to relocate was made based on the fact that TOJ (Torrejón, Madrid, Spain), where the company is headquartered, closed to GA traffic on Feb 1. The company says that customers should experience no disruption of service. Universal Aviation Spain will be located in the remodeled general aviation terminal (GAT) building at MAD (formerly the State Pavilion) and is expected to open by Mar 2013. When renovation is complete, the GAT will have its own parking and VIP facilities, including lounges and meeting rooms. (Above) Universal Aviation Spain Managing Dir Gonzalo Barona (C) with team members.
Jet Aviation has opened a new FBO at DWC (Al Maktoum, Dubai, UAE). The company was granted permission to operate an FBO at the location on a permanent basis following Jet Aviation's appointment as the dedicated ground handling service provider for the Middle East Business Aviation exhibition last December. Jet Aviation offers 24/7 handling at its new location, as well as aircraft services such as luggage handling, lavatory servicing and fueling. The company says that business aircraft are increasingly being diverted to DWC and that customers are not subject to any parking or slot restrictions. Jet Aviation will continue to provide maintenance and FBO services at DXB (Intl, Dubai, UAE).
Signature Flight Support has won a bid to develop and operate a 29-acre, $82-million facility at SJC (San Jose CA). As part of the winning bid, Signature proposes to construct a 270,000 sq ft FBO using LEED Gold standards, reflecting what Signature considers its commitment as an environmental steward in the Bay area. The new facility will consist of 240,000 sq ft of hangar space, 24,000 sq ft of office and shops, 10,000 sq ft for the executive terminal, 3600 sq ft for the GSE shop, a 7500 sq ft garden and 18.5 acres of ramp space. San Jose Dir of Aviation Bill Sherry cited the city's need to support private aviation companies, like Google, through development of the airport's west side and the new Signature facility.
Fargo Jet Center has announced a new location at ISN (Williston ND). The Williston Jet Center is currently being developed and will offer fuel, aircraft maintenance, flight instruction, aircraft management and aircraft sales. Construction of a new 6400 sq ft passenger facility and fuel farm is under way.
The Paragon Network has added the DuPage Flight Center at DPA (West Chicago IL) and the Henriksen Jet Center at TME (Exec, Houston TX) to its roster. The additions bring the total number of independent FBOs in the company's network to 19 throughout North America. According to parent company Paragon Aviation Group, the Paragon Network is a membership of independent FBOs that provide "an elite experience" to general aviation travelers. FBOs in the network must pass a comprehensive audit and adhere to the network's core standards in order to remain in the group.
Kelly Western Jet Centre at YWG (Winnipeg MB, Canada) has joined the EPIC FBO network. As a part of the network, 44-year-old Kelly Western now offers Bravo Rewards and accepts the EPIC card. A 24/7 operation, the FBO offers quick turns as well as extended-stay services, including a crew lounge area, flight planning room, executive boardroom, and a 4000 sq ft hangar that can accommodate aircraft up to A320 size.
EPIC has introduced an Apple app called "iGo EPIC." Announced at the recent NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, the app serves as "a valuable planning tool for schedulers and dispatchers" and provides pilots with real-time FBO pricing. The app offers a search function and provides pricing information for EPIC FBO network members. For EPIC cardholders, the app also offers account-specific pricing by FBO location and Bravo Rewards information.
Universal Weather and Aviation has announced a new Web-based flight scheduling solution. Citing feedback from customers and other users, the company launched a scheduling software solution that provides full functionality of its Universal flight scheduling software using any desktop or mobile device, including Macs. Operators can now remotely access preflight, postflight, database, report, tools and other functionality as they would from their desktops.