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Tuesday
Jan222008

Where the GA Jobs Are

The consolidation of the General Aviation industry has created a range of new opportunities and transitional issues for business jet professionals. "The demand for talent outpaced the available resources," said Raymond Stebler, director of staffing solutions for New Jersey-based Jet Professionals, which experienced 50 percent growth in business in 2007. "We have also noticed an increase in temporary staffing and long-term contracts to secure enough personnel for the growing fleet of corporate aircraft."

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Tuesday
Jan222008

TSA Launches Security Program for FBOs

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently launched the Secure Fixed Base Operator Program to enhance security on general aviation aircraft inbound to the United States. It enables FBOs to check passenger and crew identification against Electronic Advance Passenger Information System (eAPIS) filings.

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Tuesday
Jan082008

Large Aircraft Security Program Nears Comments Period

The rehaul of the Twelve-Five Standard Security Program (TFSSP) — developed after 9/11, in part, to improve security around charter service — is nearing the public comments period, said Eric Byer, NATA's vice president of government and industry affairs.

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Tuesday
Jan082008

Calling All Schedulers and Dispatchers

More than 2,000 attendees and 378 exhibitors, 25 more than last year, will participate in NBAA's 19th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference. The event takes place Jan. 29 through Feb. 1 at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center.

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Thursday
Dec202007

New Sky Lanes Will Accommodate Holiday Traffic

The general aviation industry received an unexpected gift last week when the Federal Aviation Administration and U.S. Department of Defense announced that military airspace on the East and West coasts will be open to non-military air traffic during the holidays.

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Wednesday
Dec192007

Encore Announces Landmark Merger and Plots 2008 Acquisition Spree

Encore FBO and private-equity firm GTCR Golder Rauner are in the process of acquiring all of Landmark Aviation's FBOs from Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Aviation Holdings. The merger also covers Landmark's charter, aircraft sales and maintenance parts assets, but not its MRO division. The combined company will own more than 40 FBOs.

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Tuesday
Dec112007

IFBOA Solidifies Itself in 2007

Though less than two years old, the Independent Fixed Base Operator Association (IFBOA) hit the ground running in 2007 by adding 28 members, announcing plans to open an office in Europe and aggregating key services required by FBOs.

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Tuesday
Dec112007

Ocean Air Acquires Century Aviation

Ocean Air Aviation in North Bend, Ore., earlier this month announced that it had purchased the holding interest in Dallas-based Century Aviation and that the facility will eventually be labeled with the Ocean Air brand.

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Monday
Dec102007

The “Long Ranger” Rides High in Value

In the midst of all the usual confusion with the economy, real-estate woes and the subprime lending practices offering fuel for a possible recession, general and corporate aviation value trends continue to remain generally stable. Even the nearly $100 per barrel price for crude oil seems to get at the most a raised eyebrow at the pump. After a possible grumble, it’s wheels up, and life goes on. It’s the American way.

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Tuesday
Nov272007

World Fuel to Acquire AVCARD

The upcoming merger between World Fuel Services (WFS) and AVCARD is expected to generate significant growth opportunities for both companies. “We will now be able to market our flight support and third-party services to all of AVCARD's customers, while at the same time providing AVCARD's robust data capture and reporting solution to our current customers, as well as those of our strategic partners,” said Paul H. Stebbins, WFS chairman and CEO, in a company statement.

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