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McKinney National Airport breaks ground on new US$16m FBO terminal

The city of McKinney has broken ground on the future home of the US$16m McKinney Air Center, a state-of-the-art fixed-base operator (FBO) terminal at the McKinney National Airport. The terminal will span 17,000ft2, in addition to a 40,000ft2 transient hangar. Read more on this story here.

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Donegal ranked as world’s most stunning runway in 2018 Scenic Airport Poll

Private jet booking platform, PrivateFly, has revealed the results of its Scenic Airport Poll 2018, with Ireland’s Donegal Airport being ranked as the world’s most beautiful landing spot. The annual survey, which was conducted in February 2018, asked 8,500 travellers to name their top landing location. Other airports listed in the top ten include Barra in Scotland, Nice in France and Queenstown in New Zealand.

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Desert Jet Center earns IS-BAH certification

Desert Jet Center has become the only FBO in the desert southwest region of the USA to be awarded International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) certification, in addition to NATA Safety 1st certification. The desert southwest region encompasses Southern California, Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico.

Denise Wilson, president and CEO of parent company Desert Jet, said, “Visitors to our region are becoming much more sophisticated about the options provided by aviation service providers and are increasingly looking for full-service FBOs that provide an anticipatory customer service experience as well as the highest safety and quality standards.

“Our FBO team’s commitment to ongoing training and professional development has led them to earn numerous accolades and safety nods and we could not be prouder of their achievements.

“As an IS-BAO Stage III jet operator, it was important for us to build an FBO that met our safety standards from the ground up. The day our FBO opened, we had a set of standards developed from over 10 years of operating an active fleet of jet aircraft and lessons learned from our SMS.

“Desert Jet Center was developed to meet the exacting needs of the IS-BAO-compliant flight department and we are proud of our FBO team for embracing the IS-BAH standard so thoroughly,” added Wilson.

According to the NATA’s map of the safety standards status of all FBOs worldwide, few FBOs nationwide are both IS-BAH registered and NATA Safety 1st qualified, with Desert Jet Center being the only FBO in the greater Palm Springs area and desert southwest region to hold both designations.

Brad Elliott, general manager of Desert Jet Center, commented, “When we opened the FBO we set out to achieve the top safety accolades in the industry, IS-BAH registration and NATA Safety 1st, just as Desert Jet Charter and Desert Jet Maintenance have done in their companies.

“Our culture and SMS program allows us to continually improve as well as be proactive to safety concerns. Attaining these two designations was a momentous investment in time and money that has paid dividends in avoiding accidents. The NATA’s status map makes a great reference for schedulers and dispatchers, pilots, and operators to choose which FBO to use to mitigate their risks.”

April 30, 2018

Written by Kirstie Pickering


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