Sand diego, 2005, case: the national air transportation association, which represents the interests of airport-based businesses, in a letter officially, expressed its concern to the san diego city council regarding the city’s refusal to renew the lease of gibbs flying service, a fixed base operator on montgomery field for 68 years. Base operators support a wide range of aeronautical activities which may include one or more of the following:Sale of aviation fuel – piston aircraft fuel (avgas) and/or turbine aircraft fuel (jet-a or jet a-1).
Such standards, they say, help maintain competition while helping to protect the investment of businesses already on the airfield. Having a “frequent flyer” means the aircraft utilization side will be ok, there may be enough demand to warrant another flight school airplane.
We know the people that have always wanted to fly, would be able to find you in a basement if you offered an inexpensive learn to fly program. This is when it changed; the small, medium size fbo’s, many that were “born” after ww ii, were being sought after and bought up by some of the early “chains” like atlantic aviation and butler, primarily here in the northeast.
Another area of advancement and growth comes in the form of technology, such as the following news release announced at the conference: multi service corporation announces it has entered a strategic partnership with houston-based perfectstop, a new internet-based platform that directly links aircraft operators and fixed base operations (fbos). However several companies do offer "fbo services" at airports throughout the region, making use of existing facilities, the main point being the provision of credit for overseas operators.
The tsa secure fixed based operator program, “frequently asked questions” is a good resource in defining some of the regulations and requirements necessary to operate an fbo under this new program. Anything purchased (up to $5,000) with an aopa credit card from any of more than 4,500 qualified fbos across the nation is eligible for the rebate.
More often than not, the best solution is to step up to the plate and have someone who is a big picture aviation business development type, that so happens to have an interest in short term solution has always been to install an operator who is a great craftsman (a&p mechanic) and has a client base for maintenance. But “big business” saw an opportunity in the fueling game; they knew corporate jets used up a great deal of this fuel, “jet-a” as it is known to aviation professionals alike!
Also debated with lease terms are minimum standards, fees and dues and its impact on the survival of fbo’s. It is obvious to point out that without customers, there is no aviation “business” to profit from or to provide services to, but one particular fbo is making a statement about the importance of happy, satisfied customers who will provide free marketing opportunities for the fbo by word of mouth advertising for their newest service provided.
Will the lack of “business management” or too much passion verses profit allow for excessive turnover in the fbo industry, giving credit to the question topics mentioned at the nata convention? In addition, you will always have spillover into a charter, and the opportunity to sell the client an airplane is right there in front of you, so make sure you take care of the customer at all times during flight training.
Fbo best prospect reports, are targeted prospecting lists that are emailed to participating fbos daily, weekly, or monthly to help them focus their marketing efforts to achieve maximum return with limited resources (both time and people). Otc bulletin board: pssr), a business intelligence software and solutions company, announced today that eastern aviation fuels has contracted for passur fbo fuel portal?
A copy of the lease the business growing, and what are the opportunities are big questions to any fbo acquisition. United states department of transportation, in cooperation with the faa, has the duty of establishing minimum standards for commercial aeronautical activities and recommends implementation of these standards by the airport operator or agency, commonly referred to as the airport sponsor.
Too often we have people who get into the aviation business by paying way too much for an existing business, or start a business without any real direction. He also cautions that, as fuel prices escalate in today’s uncertain market, a percent of fees rate could have a damaging effect on fixed base operators.?
At a smaller airports, or ones located near a remote or small community, it is often the town or the airport authority which provides basic fbo services such as provision of fuel and parking. Varies from one business to another and is increasingly less common to find a “full service” fbo.
Fixed-base operator (fbo) is an organization granted the right by an airport to operate at the airport and provide aeronautical services such as fueling, hangaring, tie-down and parking, aircraft rental, aircraft maintenance, flight instruction, and similar services. The credit rebates are funded entirely by aopa program partner mbna america bank and do not involve funds from aopa, aopa member dues, or any fbo.
Is it because profit is the leading driving force or because there are not enough aviation/business minded individuals capable of managing all components of general aviation services? These roi (return on investment) minded businessmen were not aviation romantics nor in any way enamored with airplanes per se; they were, however, visionaries; simply a case of “number$”, big number$!
Infanger reports that: “while this discussion was taking place, a proposal in congress was calling for a requirement that leaseholds on airports should be 75 years in length”, asks david bennett, director of safety and standards for faa’s office of airports, “if you’re an airport operator, why would you want to lose control over your property for 75 years? Paul meyers, principal in charge of denver-based aviation management consulting group, says that his firm is “not a big fan” of basing rates on gross receipts.