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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.

23rd April 2018



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.

12th April 2018



Will EASA approval of commercial single-engine aircraft under instrument flight rules (IFR) in Europe increase the short-haul charter market in the region?

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Will EASA approval of commercial single-engine aircraft under instrument flight rules (IFR) in Europe increase the short-haul charter market in the region?

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The next issue of Business Airport International will include a feature on how commercial single-engine operations will affect the charter market, and we'd welcome your opinion on the outlook for this market. If you have any further comments on this subject, please email hazel.king@ukipme.com.

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  • Will you incorporate UAS into your regular business aviation operations?
  • Will you be investing in the Indian business aviation market in the next two years?
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  • How often do you use online resources such as blogs and social media to promote your own operation?
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  • Do you agree with most of the FBOs surveyed that 2017 will bring an increase in fuel sales?
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  • Would you consider changing the name of your own business to help it expand?
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  • Which of the following topics is likely to be discussed most at the show?
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  • Should positioning fees be abolished industry-wide?
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  • Business Airport International would like to know, do you see the value in collaborating with an out-of-industry company?
  • Do you think subscription flight sharing clubs such as Surf Air are now a permanent feature of the business aviation market?
  • Do you expect supersonic business jets to be in regular use by the end of the next decade?
  • Do you think it is right that such restrictions are enforced at business aviation's expense?
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  • Do you think FBOs pricing needs regulating?
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