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Monday, June 22, 2015

New terminal for ABIA

Hopefully no need for the proposed CTA now that this facility catering to the 1% is being built.

Red McCombs backs construction of private jet terminal at ABIA
By Jan Buchholz
Austin Business Journal
June 11, 2015

A new general aviation complex promising upscale services and design aimed at private aircraft customers is underway at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

The $25 million facility is a partnership of San Antonio-based McCombs Enterprises and Million Air Interlink, a Houston-based chain of fixed base operations or FBOs. FBO facilities cater to private plane users.

The privately owned and operated terminal is expected to be completed in September 2016.

San Antonio entrepreneur Red McCombs — one of the major investors behind the development of the Circuit of The Americas racetrack southeast of ABIA — said events such as the U.S. Formula 1 Grand Prix, South By Southwest, the X Games and other tourism factors prompted investment in the new facility.

“Our belief in Austin and its growth into a top national and international business and entertainment destination drives our investment in market changing ventures,” McCombs said in a statement.

He added that Austin “is long overdue for a world class FBO facility” and said Million Air will provide the level of design and service to make that a reality.

Million Air, which dates back to 1999, operates 29 facilities in the U.S., Canada, South America and the Caribbean.

Currently there are two FBO operators at ABIA, and Million Air officials say their new facility will provide a level of service unavailable to this point.

The complex will include a 17,000-square-foot general aviation terminal, 42,000 square feet of service facilities and short-term aircraft lease space, 82,000 square feet of private long-term aircraft lease space and seven acres of available ramp space capable of serving any aircraft. The terminal will include a contemporary passenger lounge, pilot club, state-of-the-art flight planning room and multimedia conference rooms.

MPA Architects of Austin is the designer. Byrne Construction Services of Texas is the general contractor.

http://www.bizjournals.com/austin/blog/real-estate/2015/06/red-mccombs-backs-construction-of-private-jet.html?ana=e_aus_rdup&s=newsletter&ed=2015-06-12&u=TfanEGZ2ifPWnJ4e9cXVbw0c980640&t=1434321254

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Collision course

More bird strike news from NBC, this time from MacDill AFB in Florida. Shows what a vulture can do to the nose of a small jet.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Birds on the wing

This post is dedicated to those who think that birds on the wing are not a threat to airplanes and public safety. Five years ago, Canada geese disabled both engines of a passenger jet that eventually landed in the Hudson river. This five-year anniversary report is from NBC Nightly news today. Unfortunately, you’ll have to bear with the promo at the beginning . . .

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