Atlantic Aviation offers consistent SAF supply across Colorado FBOs

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In collaboration with Neste and Avfuel, Atlantic Aviation is offering a continuous supply of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at all four of its FBO locations in Colorado.

Atlantic’s facilities in Aspen, Telluride/ Montrose, Steamboat Springs/ Hayden, and Aspen/ Rifle will all benefit from the ongoing supply of SAF.

“We are committed to enabling our customers to economically achieve their sustainability goals through the strategic expansion of SAF,” said Brian Corbett, Chief Commercial and Sustainability Officer for Atlantic Aviation. “We view offering alternatives to fossil fuels as the most viable and impactful near-term step to achieving a greener future.”

In addition to the four locations in Colorado, SAF is also continuously available at Palm Springs/ Thermal, San Jose and Los Angeles in California. In addition it can be purchased at alternative locations where SAF isn’t physically available through Atlantic Aviation’s book & claim process.

Local Colorado resident, Mr Corbett noted: “Striving to reduce our impact on the environment is a promise we’ve made to our customers, our staff, and to the communities we serve. We employ hundreds of people in Colorado and have a corporate office in the state;  we know that environmental sustainability is vitally important in our mountains – aligning with our hosts is inherent to Atlantic’s community engagement approach.”

MENA Aerospace expands Bahrain hangar facilities

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As the only private owner and operator of general aviation hangars at Bahrain International Airport, MENA Aviation Real Estate is expanding its existing hangar facility at Bahrain’s primary air transport hub.

A subsidiary of MENA Aerospace Enterprises, MENA Aviation currently has a 6,400 sq.m. purpose-built facility at the Bahrain hub consisting of two 3,200 sq.m. hangars, each capable of accommodating up to 757-500 sized aircraft or numerous business jets. The new 4,200 sq.m expansion will increase the company’s ability to provide aircraft maintenance services for both commercial and private aircraft, as well as private jet parking. The expansion project is expected to be complete within the next two years.

“The expansion of our hangar facility lays foundations to further extend our services in the region… and is aligned with our long-term strategy to be able to provide ever better services to our clients,” said Anil Kumar, General Manager and CFO at MENA Aerospace.

Built and operated to EASA 145 standards, the code-C hangar is equipped with NFPA 409 compliant fire suppression system, backup electricity supply, compressed air, drainage for aircraft washing and translucent vertical doors sectioning off the different areas.

MENA Aerospace’s expansion at Bahrain follows the unveiling of the airport’s new terminal in January 2021, which increased the airport’s capacity to 14 million passengers and 130,000 air traffic movements per year.

Farnborough named FBO of the year in ACA Awards 2022

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The UK’s Farnborough Airport has been awarded the title of FBO of the Year at the Air charter Association (ACA) Excellence Awards 2022. This year marks the eighth time that the dedication business aviation hub has won the accolade.

The annual event, which was held in Brighton on 17 November highlight the best in the aviation sector. Winners are selected following a worldwide nomination process with voting cast by members and deliberations of the ACA’s industry adjudication panel.

Farnborough Airport’s FBO Director, Dominic Osborne, said: “To receive this prestigious accolade is a huge privilege an dwe are incredibly grateful to all those who voted  for us. We would like to thank the entire Farnborough Airport team for their ongoing commitment to delivering outstanding service and operational excellence, enabling us to constantly improve our facilities and services, and exceed our customer expectations.”

Farnborough Airport was the UK’s first airfield in aviation history and home to the country’s first powered flight in 1908. Over the years the airport has continued to be a leader in aviation and pioneers sustainability in the industry. In 2018 the airport was declared the first business aviation airport to be awarded carbon neutral status by Airports Council International (ACI) Europe, and in July 2021 the airport introduced the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). In June 2022 the airport launched its net zero roadmap, outlining its commitment to be net zero by 2030.

Bombardier’s state-of-the-art Miami service centre now open for business

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Located at the Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport in Miami-Dade County, Florida, Bombardier inaugurated its state-of-the-art service centre on 31 October.

The new facility, which is located close to Miami’s bustling business district, has been described by the airframe manufacturer as a “testament to Bombardier’s commitment to the US and nearby Latin American markets.” It also establishes a key building block in its growing global customer support network.  At full capacity, the new OEM-operated Miami-Opa Locka Service Centre will add close to 300 aerospace jobs in the community, including more than 225 highly skilled technicians.

Once fully ramped up the 300,000 sq.ft. facility will quadruple Bombardier’s current maintenance footprint in Florida and will enable the company to transfer its service centre from Fort Lauderdale to the new centre at Miami-Opa.

“The US is an important market for Bombardier with close to 3,000 aircraft in our fleet and this highly-efficient facility provides a key focal point for customers base in the area, and those who will visit form as far as Latin America,” said Eric Martel, President and CEO, Bombardier.

“Bombardier began this year by naming Witchita as our new headquarters in the US and I am delighted to highlight this inauguration that significantly grows our footprint and employment base in Florida. The city of Miami is a vibrant, international hub of business and commerce and we can’t wait to welcome our customers to our new facility and see our employees continued to thrive and grow.”

The new centre is fully equipped to perform extensive and complete full-service schedueld and unscheduled heavy maintenance, paint enhancement services, aircraft modifications, avionics installations and Aircraft on Ground Support (AOG) for Bombardier’s business aircraft fleet of Learjet, Challenger and Global aircraft. The expanded hangar is also capable of accommodating 18 of Bombardier’s Global 7500 aircraft under one roof.

Ralph Cutie, Miami-Dade Aviation Department Director and CEO added his congratulations to Bombardier, saying: “The successful completion of its newest service centre has brought hundreds of new jobs and millions of dollars in private investment to Miami-Opa Locke Executive Airport. We are extremely proud to now be home to one of Bombardier’s service centres and a hub for its customers in the US and Latin America.”

Mumbai Airport launches private jet terminal

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Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai, India has unveiled its renovated General Aviation terminal facility, for use by private jet customers and their crew. The new facility features luxurious interiors accentuated with height, light and space.

With staff on call 24/7 guests will receive a warm welcome no matter the time of day or night. There’s an expansive and opulently decorated lounge featuring a butler service as well as a menu featuring light snacks and global cuisine served via a buffet or as an a la carte menu. There is also a conference and meeting room.

The airport’s all-new GA terminal also offers efficient passenger processing services with Customs and Immigration on site, as well as immediate access to private jet aircraft stands from the terminal.

The terminal can handle 50 passengers every hour.

FAA approves $100m in grants for Detroit Airport

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Detroit’s Coleman A. Young Municipal Airport (otherwise known as City Airport) is poised to begin a massive transformation following the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) approval of plans to develop the air transport hub.

The approval means the airport is now eligible for an estimated $100m in federal grants over the next 10 years, enabling the airport to invest in new hangars, a new control tower, improved taxiways and safety zone, new airport-related development opportunities as well as the return of the Benjamin O. Davis Aerospace Technical High School to the airport grounds.

“City Airport has been an underutilised asset and in decline for generations,” said Mayor Duggan. “Less than a decade ago, the city’s emergency manager had considered selling our airport to pay off some of the city’s debts. Thankfully, that didn’t happen and today, thanks  to the great work of our airport leadership team and partnership with the FAA and MDOT, City is about to see new investment and new life as a centre of opportunity.”

In 2012, Engine 20 at the airport had been decommissioned and firefighting responsibilities for the airport shifted to a nearby fire house. In 2021, the airport firefighting facility was renovated and City Airport is now training additional firefighters so the station can be reactivated within the next two years.

“This is a very exciting time for the airport and the city,” said Airport Director, Jason Watt. “This marks the first time in 30 years that we have a plan that meets all Federal and State airport design standards and allows the airport to be redeveloped over the next 20 years. We are open for business and excited for the future.”

The development plans at the airport mark an exciting new chapter. In the first half of the 20th century, Detroit City Airport served as the region’s primary hub for more than 20 years. Although most airlines move to Willow Run Airport in 1947, City Airport remained home to many private and corporate jets as well as flight training schools.

Now with the planned capital improvements, the air transport hub is expected to generate additional take-offs without the need for a runway expansion.

 

 

NBAA-BACE: UAS International Trip Support urges operators to secure airport slots ahead of Qatar World Cup

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UAS International Trip Support is advising those attending the Qatar World Cup, which is taking place in Doha from 20 November to 18 December, to avoid disappointment by securing airport slots and accommodation as soon as possible.

The customised trip support solutions provider is attending NBAA-BACE taking place in Orlando, Florida this week from where it has underlined that slots and travel capacity for this year’s World Cup are restricted. The international governing body of football, FIFA, is predicting in the region of 1.2 million football fans will travel to Qatar to attend matches throughout the tournament. Air traffic volumes are expected to put huge pressure on slot availability at Hamad International Airport and Doha International Airport.

“World Cup ticket holders don’t have any time to waste to plan their World Cup experience,” said UAS Operations Director, James Collas. “There are so many options that include direct operations to Qatar or travelling via neighbouring Middle Eastern countries such as the UAE.”

With the UAS Operations team in Dubai poised to customise trip support, air charter and executive travel solutions, Collas added: “It’s the first time the Middle East plays host to the World Cup and the demand for permits, slots, ground handling and other related services is massive. UAS has been established in the Middle East since 2000 and has the regional knowledge, experience and expertise to ensure you have the best chance of obtaining the permissions you need to make your trip possible.”

Jet East expands operations with North Carolina acquisition

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MRO provider and Gama Aviation company, Jet East, has agreed to open a full-service flagship maintenance facility at  Statesville Regional Airport (SVH) in North Carolina, US. This additional site will compliment Jet East’s existing footprint which includes coast to coast maintenance bases and an expansive AOG network.

The new base features two state-of-the-art facilities with a combined 75,000 sq. ft. of hangar space, 40,000 sq. ft. of office and back shop space and an additional parcel of land for future growth. Built in 2004, the original hangar is in great condition according to Jet East and fully equipped with LED lighting, fall protection and a fire suppression system for Jet East to take immediate possession. A secondary hangar built in 2007 provides complementary infrastructure.

For the new facility, Jet East is anticipating it will be launched in early 2023 with customers able to benefit from full-service capabilities, including every facet of maintenance, avionics, interiors, composites and structures. In addition, there are immediate plans to construct a brand-new paint facility at the site. Key airframe types that will be the primary focus include Cessna, Gulfstream, Bombardier and Embraer aircraft.

Stephen Maiden, Jet East President and CEO commented: “The facility at SVH offers an amazing opportunity for Jet East and allows us to expand our capacity, capabilities and reach within a key region of the US. The facility is in impeccable condition. The energy for this new endeavour is high and this is truly a milestone moment for the Jet East team and the customers we serve and support.”

Maiden was joined by SVH Airport Manager, John Ferguson, who said: “We are extremely pleased that Jet East selected Statesville as the location for their newest maintenance repair and overhaul facility. This exciting partnership will bring additional corporate aircraft into the Statesville Regional Airport from all over the world. We look forward to a long-term relationship and the overall benefit it will bring to our community.”

With Statesville Airport conveniently located 40 minutes north of Charlotte Jet East estimates bringing more than 250 jobs to the area as a result of the new location.

Jet Aviation expands investment in three US facilities

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Jet Aviation is investing further in its Bozeman, Montana; Scottsdale, Arizona and Houston, Texas facilities.

The business aviation services provider has begun constructing a new 40,000 sq.ft. hangar at its Bozeman facility which is scheduled for completion in the third quarter of 2023. Meanwhile in Houston the company is in the process of rebuilding a 30,000 sq.ft. hangar, renovating 6,000 sq.ft. of FBO lobby space and upgrading 4,500 sq.ft. of office space. In Scottsdale it is constructiong an 18,000 sq.ft. facility with completion due the second quarter of 2023. The latter will complement the facility’s existing 30,000 sq.ft. hangar bringing total capacity to 48,000 sq. ft.

“We see a strong demand for hangar space and the growing need to accommodate large cabin jets,” said Danny Larsen, Jet Aviation’s VP Business Development and Real Estate. “According to market data, the US business jet fleet increased by 34% with a physical footprint of 27.5 million  sq. ft. between 2010 and 2020. Jet Aviation manages some 300 aircraft worldwide with a significant number being large cabin, and as such, we are delighted to be expanding our US infrastructure to support this demand and offer solutions for our current and future customers.”

With the company focused on expanding its existing business aviation operations infrastructure Jet Aviation already operates 30 FBOs in locations in the US, Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific.

“We want to be where our customers are and it’s evident that Scottsdale, Bozeman and Houston are important and strategic locations on our map,” added Jet Aviation’s SVP of Regional Operations and General Manager of the Americas, David Best. “Investing into these communities and facilities was an easy decision  and we are excited to see the opportunities that will arise from these expansions and improvements.”

 

NBAA-BACE: Atlantic Aviation to boost SAF demand in Orlando through book and claim scheme

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With the National Business Aviation Association’s (NBAA) – Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (BACE) taking place in Orlando from 18-20 October operators with flights into Orlando Executive Airport and Orlando International Airport can opt to purchase book and claim sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) with Atlantic Aviation.

In partnership with 4AIR, Atlnatic Aviation is sponsoring the cost of SAF 100% for all customers, enabling operators to claim the sustainable credits of the SAF purchase without markup. Once booked, Atlantic will place the fuel into the supply chain in an independent transaction where the SAF is on-hand. 4AIR will provide accounting and verification of claimed SAF purchases and will supply customers with emissions reductions receipts as SAF gallons are dispensed during NBAA_BACE using their SAF Delivery Receipt scheme. The receipts will summarise key sustainability information  and provide traceability through Atlantic Aviation’s book and claim process, ensuring only one user can claim the environmental benefit of the fuel.

“When we considered trucking SAF the roughly 2,800 miles from West Coast refineries to Orlando for the show, we realised doing so could be considered somewhat disingenuous, as any environmental benefit from the SAF received would be negatively offset by diesel emissions from the trucks that brought it,” said Brian Corbett, Chief Commercial & Sustainability Officer at  Atlantic Aviation.

“Partnering with 4AIR on this unique Book & Claim programme provides a much more intelligent and effective solution, and further ensures our commitment to promoting sustainable aviation continues in the best possible ways.”

Commenting on Atlantic Aviation and Sheltair’s SAF initiatives for this year’s business aviation event, NBAA President and CEO, Ed Bolen added: “There are many ways to increase the production, availability and use of SAF and we welcome the use of all of them to continue to grow this important market for low-carbon fuel. We commend the FBOs at the Orlando-area airports for giving those travelling to and from NBAA-BACE options that support our efforts to achieve our sustainability goals.”

Atlantic already offers ongoing supplies of SAF in Aspen, Colorado, Thermal/ Palm Springs, California and San Jose, California.