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Aviation Safety Measures

Latest Aviation Safety Measures

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued an updated security guidelines document recently. While the TSA does not have jurisdiction over Fixed Based Operators, the paper includes aviation safety suggestions for FBOs to consider. These pertain to ramp and hangar safety, as well as site access and identification procedures.

The National Business Aviation Association has developed a list of best security practices which include:

Safety Procedures for the FBO Physical Plant and Facilities:

  • Facility perimeter is secure with fencing and lighting, particularly around fuel farms.
  • Ensure that non-primary doors, gates, and windows are closed and locked.
  • Close and lock hangar doors when not in use.
  • Install an access control management system for all key and pass holders.
  • Escort visitors on the ramp and hangar areas.
  • Fuel truck keys should be removed from truck ignition when unattended.

Aviation Safety Recommendations Regarding Ramp Access:

  • Require identification prior to allowing ramp access. Verify the identity of aircraft crew prior to allowing ramp, hangar and aircraft.
  • Concierge services allow for taxis, limos, and rental cars to pick up travelers at their facilities. Require identification of all non-airport personnel and every third-party vehicle.
  • Once crew has been cleared, have these individuals identify all enplaning passengers prior to granting ramp access.
  • Deplaning travelers should be met by FBO personnel and escorted to the terminal. This is for their safety to avoid possible injury from other planes that may be starting, standing or taxiing,

These tips and recommendations are offered by Republic Jet Center, an FBO located at Republic Airport in Farmingdale, New York. Partnered with Signature® Flight Support, travelers, pilots and crew can expect the highest in aviation safety standards whenever they land at Republic Jet Center. For more information, please call 631-881-9520.

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Business Jet FBO

Guide to Choosing the Right Business Jet FBO

Tips to Select the Right Business Jet FBO for Your Needs

Executives who travel for business require more than the standard amenities offered by the majority of FBOs. En route to their destination, they need to continue working seamlessly, whether in flight or on the ground during a brief layover. WiFi, and comfortable, quiet, productivity-oriented surroundings are a must. When their company jet touches down for refueling and possible maintenance, a dreary, auto dealership-type waiting room will not suffice.

Ideally, any waiting facility should have welcome amenities, such as comfortable seating, in spaces that allow for collaboration in a light, airy, and spacious location. In addition, a self-serve coffee and beverages bar, with snacks available, would offer a brief, but welcome respite while their plane is being serviced. On the topic of service, competitive fuel prices and the superior avionic maintenance and repair, found in a FAR Part -145 FAA- certified facility ensure minimal wait times and the highest quality work. In short, the right FBO is a business jet FBO.

What Criteria to Use to Select an Private Jet FBO

Not long ago, private jets had limited options when selecting a business jet FBO. It was chosen by location alone. Today, however, it has become increasingly common for a private airport to support more than one FBO. Among these FBOs, amenities and costs can vary widely. Here are some tips to simplify your FBO selection process:

  1. What services does the FBO offer? If it offers just plane refueling and maintenance, this is not an optimal choice for the business traveler.
  2. Consistency is key to a successful pit stop. Is the business jet FBO associated with a leading FBO services provider? For example, the international FBO organization, Signature Flight Support partners with FBOs worldwide to provide its members with wanted amenities and consistently superior services and facilities.
  3. In addition to a lounge, does the waiting facility offer conference rooms for collaborative work?
  4. Does the facility provide Concierge Services to assist in making dining and lodging reservations, or to arrange for ground transportation, and even recreational activities?
  5. Is short or long-term plan storage available? Frequently, routine maintenance uncovers a potential problem which must be repaired. The ability to store and hangar your aircraft, as needed is a boon to protecting your investment.

A member of Signature Select®, Republic Jet Center, headquartered in Farmingdale, New York, has provided this guide for the convenience of frequent business flyers, their pilots, and crew. This FBO recently opened a new, 30,000 square foot facility that includes state-of-the-art avionic maintenance and repair, as well as an upscale lounge and conference center, that includes Concierge Services. For more information please contact Republic Jet Center at (631) 881-9520.

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Lounge at Republic Jet Center

FBO Facilities with Luxurious Amenities

Where your aircraft touches down can make the difference between a pleasant journey, or a frustrating trip. That’s because typical amenities at these facilities include FBO services for your aircraft, while the passenger, pilot and crews’ requirements are often overlooked. Even if your plane just needs fuel, there could be a long wait for service. No one wants to wait possibly hours on a grimy bench, watching a news feed. Many who travel on private aircraft are seeking FBOs that feature more upscale amenities and conveniences so that visit does not automatically mean a dreary downtime anymore.

Not long ago, a private jet trip was planned in accordance with destination, and the estimated time between fuel stops. Passenger and crew conveniences were an afterthought. Did you know that an airport can have several FBOs? In fact, not all FBOs are created alike. What was once a niche business, is now becoming more mainstream and competition is greater. When the playing field was level, gas prices were the primary attraction to choose one FBO over another. Today’s business travelers, and even those flying for recreational pursuits, demand more from an FBO visit or layover. Discriminating flyers are expecting more luxurious FBO services when they disembark on the tarmac.

Private business jet travelers require more from an FBO. In addition, they are seeking upscale corporate concessions as well as general aviation services. In flight, many business travelers continue to conduct business, and be served meals and snacks as needed. They need to fully utilize their time on the ground as well. Optimal FBO services facilities address these needs and provide luxuriously-appointed lounges equipped with WiFi, conference rooms for collaboration, and a self-service beverage and snack bar, too.

Fulfilling Passengers, Pilot and Crews’ Requirements

Perhaps the greatest amenity an FBO can offer, is a concierge who can see to their ground transportation, dining, lodging and even recreational requirements. This is especially useful if their aircraft requires extended maintenance. The comfort and needs of the pilot and crew are also considerations that the more advanced FBOs will have anticipated and met. These include on-site shower and even pilot lounges for individuals who must remain with the aircraft.

To conclude, as private jet travel increases, competition among FBOs will as well. The FBO services facility that consistently provides an elevated range of services and luxury amenities will gain the trust and repeat business from discriminating private jet travelers.

Republic Jet Center, an FBO that has partnered with Signature Select®, the leading FBO services management corporation, recently opened a new, upscale, 100,000 square foot facility. The structure includes an upscale lounge and conference center, concierge, and an FAA-certified maintenance and repair facility. For more information please contact Republic Jet Center at (631) 881-9520.

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Long Island FBO

How to Choose the Right Long Island FBO

Those flying private jets and turboprops to Long Island, New York, have a choice of Fixed Base Operators (FBOs) from Montauk to Manhattan who can fuel and service their aircraft. Not all FBOs are alike, however, and an FBO’s distance relative to your destination may not be the soundest reason to choose one FBO over another. That’s because the Island is roughly 125 miles long and about 25 miles wide, so ‘most any location can be easily reached by ground transportation or helicopter. Instead, there are other factors that can make a private jet stop convenient for passengers and crew alike. Here are a few scenarios to assist with your decision.

FBO Scenario 1

After a weekend on the East End, a private jet whose passengers are headed to Manhattan stop at a Long Island FBO to refuel. They learn that their aircraft requires a repair to be regulation compliant. The FBO provides maintenance and repair services, as well as ramp space for the jet for the week the aircraft will be serviced. The passengers and crew, however, are left to reach their destination themselves.

FBO Scenario 2

After a weekend in the Hamptons, a private jet headed for Philadelphia stops at Republic Jet Center, another Long Island FBO, for service and refueling. Upon disembarking, the passengers and crew are met by customer service representatives who offer to arrange ground transport for an afternoon of local shopping, entertainment, or relaxation in their luxurious VIP lounge. (Special facilities for the crew are also available.) There is also the option of taking a helicopter into the City for the day, if desired.

Both facilities provide regulation-compliant maintenance and repair by certified avionic technicians. But the second ensures that the travelers’ and crew’s day will be spent as productively as possible. Which Long Island FBO would you be likely to choose?

Located in Farmingdale, New York, Republic Jet Charter is a full-service FBO affiliated with the prestigious Signature Select® whose members earn rewards for every time they visit. Our customer representatives and concierges ensure that passengers and crew experience minimal downtime. For questions regarding our Long Island FBO or the Signature Select® programs, please give us a call today at (631) 881-9520 or email us at fbo@republicjetcenter.com.

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Newest New York FBO: Republic Jet Center

Republic Jet Center Offers World Class FBO Services and Amenities at Republic Airport (KFRG) in Farmingdale, New York

Farmingdale, NY (August 15, 2017) –  Republic Jet Center, a Signature Select member of the Signature Flight Support global FBO network, announced today that it has officially assumed full ownership and operations of all fixed base operator (FBO) facilities and services formerly owned and operated by Talon Air, Inc. The 100,000 square foot FBO complex, equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and technology, is located at Republic Airport (KFRG) in Farmingdale, New York. Republic Jet Center clients will continue to have access to the first-class amenities that has become the hallmark of these facilities since FBO status was awarded in 2015. Republic Jet Center will also continue as Long Island’s only FBO to operate within the Signature Flight Support Corporation’s network, offering added value for clients by way of point-to-point coordination with other Signature locations—saving time and ensuring consistent, high-touch concierge service.

“We are planning many new and exciting changes for our facilities over the next several years that will further enhance the experience of Republic Jet Center clients,” said Jennifer Minori-Baumann, General Manager of Republic Jet Center. “Our mission has always been to provide our customers with the highest level of convenience and service. Our FBO operations and expert staff are among the best in the country. With our new, state-of-the-art facility and designation as Signature Select Partner, we will continue to lower costs for aircraft owners and operators while providing more comprehensive luxury amenities. We are incredibly excited to now be Republic Jet Center, and we look forward to the future.”

Republic Jet Center has the largest hangar space offered by any of Republic Airport’s FBO’s, providing 24/7 maintenance and fueling services for based and transient aircrafts. Republic Jet Center also offers unparalleled aircraft and crew services. These include an on-site Part 145 repair station; a NATA Safety First Certified line crew; hangar and ramp parking; and full de-icing.

In addition, Republic Jet Center features a 90,000 gallon jet fuel farm that has a generator back-up. By implementing its own fueling systems at the airport rather than relying on outside sources, Republic Jet Center features the lowest retail price for Jet-A and AvGas available at Republic Airport.

While on the ground, Republic Jet Center provides deluxe passenger services, including planeside vehicle access, an executive lounge and conference room with wi-fi access and satellite television, full concierge services with luxury car and limousine transportation access, and a VIP helicopter transfer to Manhattan. Additionally, Republic Jet Center offers a pilot lounge with sleep rooms and showers.

Also, Republic Jet Center is now the first FBO facility on Long Island that is part of the Signature Support Global Network of more than 200 worldwide locations. This will create value-added cost savings for air travelers and will give Signature members the ability to accumulate TailWins™ rewards for the first time when flying in and out of Republic Airport.

“Republic Airport has a long and enviable aviation history on Long Island, from its early years as the site of aircraft manufacturing by the Fairchild, Grumman, Seversky and then Republic Aviation companies, to helping fuel the development and growth of our region from the early 80’s through today,” noted Minori-Bauman. “In fact, our logo design pays tribute to this notable airport lineage. We are excited to be a part of this historic airport, and we are looking forward to being a major contributor to the region’s continued growth and prosperity throughout the 21st Century and beyond. We expect our clients, Republic Airport, and the surrounding community to see a real economic benefit from the convenience and services Republic Jet Center provides.”

For more information about Republic Jet Center, visit the website https://www.RepublicJetCenter.com or email FBO@RepublicJetCenter.com.

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REPUBLIC JET CENTER COMPLETES ITS TRANSITION AS A SIGNATURE SELECT

Signature Flight Support Corporation announced today that Republic Jet Center, formerly known as Talon Air, of Farmingdale, New York (FRG) has completed its transition to Signature Select and now offers the full suite of Signature Flight Support amenities and customer benefits. 

Republic Jet Center’s Signature Select affiliation creates added value for clients by way of point-to-point coordination with other Signature locations—saving time and ensuring consistent, high-touch concierge service.

Republic Jet Center’s, headquartered at Republic Airport (KFRG), facility comprises more than 100,000 sq. ft. of hangar and office space, making it the largest operator at Republic Airport. The facility includes an executive terminal, pilot lounge, refreshment area, conference room and on-site car rentals.  Republic Jet Center is the only FBO to have a FAA Part 145 Repair Station at its facility.  The repair station performs maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) on most modern aircraft—along with non-destructive testing (NDT), avionics installation and repair, interior installation and refurbishment. In addition, as part of their Mobile Services Team, they provide aircraft-on ground (AOG) service.

Signature Select members are supported by Signature Flight Support’s global sales and marketing teams and are promoted along with its network of more than 200 worldwide locations. Each member company maintains its independent brand with the addition of the Signature Select badge.

To learn more about Signature Select, visit www.signatureselectfbo.com or contact Melissa Singer, Senior Director of Brand Extension, at 407-648-7229 or via email: melissa.singer@signatureflight.com.

Signature Flight Support, a BBA Aviation plc company, is the world’s largest fixed-base operation (FBO) and distribution network for business aviation services. Signature services include fueling, hangar and office rentals, ground handling, maintenance and a wide range of crew and passenger amenities at strategic domestic and international locations. Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, Signature currently operates at more than 200 locations in the United States, Europe, South America, Africa and Asia. For more information, please visit: www.signatureflight.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/signatureflightsupport.  Follow Signature Flight Support on Twitter: SignatureFBO

BBA Aviation plc is a leading global aviation support and aftermarket services provider with market leading businesses and attractive growth opportunities. BBA Aviation’s Flight Support businesses (Signature Flight Support and ASIG) are focused on refuelling and ground handling of business and commercial aviation aircraft. Its Aftermarket Services businesses (Dallas Airmotive, H+S Aviation, International Turbine Service, Barrett Turbine Engine Company, International Governor Services and Ontic) are focused on the repair and overhaul of jet engines and the service of aerospace sub-systems and components. For more information, please visit www.bbaaviation.com.

CONTACT:

Signature Flight Support

Patrick D. Sniffen, Vice President Marketing +1 407 206 5212

patrick.sniffen@signatureflight.com

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