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The Top 10 Reasons to Use Our FBO

In this guide, discover the benefits of using our FBO. We have the best passenger benefits, experiences and transportation methods available for our customers.

When you’re looking for private, luxurious flight service, a Fixed Base Operator (FBO) is key. It provides you with private and charter planes to fly all over the world. But choosing the best FBO for your aircraft or airport takes some strategy.

In 1926 the United States welcomed the Air Commerce Act. This outlined the number of regulations given to pilots, aircraft, and mechanics. In the end, the FBO experience was born once pilots and crew established their fixed bases.

Not many people are aware of their options for airport FBOs. There are also people who aren’t sure about the FBO meaning either. Here you can learn how to find the best FBO and the difference it can make to enjoy your fleet.

1. The History of FBO Matters

The term FBO was born in the United States near the end of the First World War. During that time, civil aviation was an unregulated practice known as the “Barnstormers”. Many ex-military transient pilots, who operated for civil aviation and charter flights went by this name.

Since airports hardly existed in 1918, farmers fields served as airstrips. As these Barnstormers traveled, they offered flights, demonstrations, and airshows. They became a travel tour and a mass transit system at the same time.

Mechanics often traveled with the pilots to keep everything running smoothly. It helped the military surplus create the original aircraft industry. Unfortunately, the nature of pilots, aircraft, and mechanics could not be sustained in the long run.

2. FBO Customer Service is Top Notch

What makes a great FBO experience is the level of customer service, the costs, the associations at other airports, and the expertise and history. One of the major highlights of our FBO aviation is our top-notch customer service. We ensure a smooth operation of private charter flights at airports.

Airports are notoriously busy and more hectic as the day goes on. From day-to-day running to complex coordinating, it’s hard to fulfill a customer’s needs. But an FBO airport can navigate these issues, government regulations, and business requirements.

Our FBO service will provide fueling, food service, and flight crew amenities. You won’t have to worry about a lack of aircraft hangaring or tie-down services. And our repair and overhaul make up for any stressful days you’ve had at the airport.

3. Our Fuel Prices Makes a Difference

The best FBO aviation provides you with refueling options for your plane. Prices usually vary between airports and between operators. We don’t want you to worry about this — we’ll handle the rest.

Our FBO aviation can help you check the most recent fuel prices available. Yet, if you find better FBO prices, bring them to our attention. We can discuss options based on other services, waivers, rebates or loyalty programs.

4. You Will Have the Right Food Service

An FBO airport with a wide array of food options is absolutely necessary.

You and your guests deserve complimentary coffee, snack bars, and even table services. Expect luxury food options to provide you with unique experiences for you and your guests. For any special dietary requests, you can speak with one of our specialists

5. Our Flight Crew Amenities

A happy crew makes for the best FBO experience.

For a smooth operation on your aircraft, the crew needs the option to stay close to an FBO airport during their downtime. We can provide quality services to keep our crew in the best frame of mind in-between long hauls and downtime. You and your guests will be able to interact with a happy and helpful line of staff. 

6. Quality Aircraft Hangaring and Tie-Down Service 

For a safe storage system of your aircraft, take our services into consideration. Airport FBOs need quality storage for both the short and long-term. Our FBO follows local regulations and will ensure that your belongings are safe and secure at all times.

7. Our Aircraft Charter and Management Services

Our priority is to provide aircraft owners with the best management of charter services. ACM is one of the best ways to earn back your ROI without worry. Aircraft owners won’t have to stress over any strict regulations or restrictions to their fleets.

8. Repair and Overhaul You Can Depend On

A full-service FBO airport requires regular maintenance and repairs on aircraft. These are essential to running airport FBOs without putting passengers’ lives at risk. Our FBO has a history of quality maintenance services, so no need to worry about that.

9. Our Affiliate Airports

The best FBO should have associations with other domestic and international airports. Most associations come in the actual business presence and contract agreements with other FBOs. You can expect both from our FBO aviation.

A common route or strategic business outcome can be a huge help. It will guide you towards deciding on which FBO is best for you. More affiliations mean even more options for smooth travels.

10. Our FBO Costs and Fees

Costs always matter and you should consider any overarching schemes of an FBO. You want your FBO agreement to achieve low costs while maintaining quality services. Our FBO blends strategy, quality, and cost-efficiency for each and every customer.

Keep These Tips in Mind

The history of expertise will always matter when deciding on the best FBO for you. In the private aircraft industry, you want to consider every aspect before making any decisions. That way, you can guarantee that you’ll have a smooth operation flight after flight.

Ready for your grand FBO experience? Speak to one of our specialists to discuss your specific requirements or to make a reservation.

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Republic Jet Center Further Enhances Fuel Savings and Quality Services for Customers Flying in and out of Republic Airport

Republic Jet Center Selected as the Only Corporate Aircraft Association Member at Republic Airport

Republic Jet Center, the only Fixed Based Operator (FBO) on Long Island that is part of the Signature Flight Support global network, announced today that it has been selected by the Corporate Aircraft Association (CAA) as the only Republic Airport FBO to give customers access to its exclusive fuel savings program and benefits. The Corporate Aircraft Association has an unparalleled reputation for negotiating unbeatable fuel prices for Part 91 operators. This distinction will further enhance Republic Jet Center’s ability to offer the lowest possible retail fuel costs to go along with its high-quality, white glove service.

“We are honored to announce this partnership with CAA,” said Jeremy Epperson, president of Republic Jet Center. “Not only will our association with CAA be a convenient and cost-saving benefit to CAA members, it will also be useful for all operators, owners, and passengers. The benefits we can provide through the CAA association further solidify Republic Jet Center as a recognized industry leader.”

Republic Jet Center was chosen by CAA’s FBO members in a comprehensive voting process. CAA was founded and established on the priority of assisting Part 91 operators succeed in a competitive marketplace. Its goal is to increase the operating efficiencies of its FBO members by combining purchasing power and working with highly respected vendors. CAA members pay a yearly fee per aircraft, and a special fuel price is set up for the members.

Republic Jet Center 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 100,000-gallon fuel farm that has a generator back-up.

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Republic Jet Center Receives Everest Fuel Preferred Award

Republic Jet Center One of First Five Fixed Based Operators (FBOs) to Earn Coveted Honor

Republic Jet Center announced today that it has officially been recognized with the Everest Fuel Preferred Award. The award honors high-performing Fixed Based Operators (FBOs) throughout the country that exemplify commitment to safe operations, excellent service, modernized facilities and who take a long-term approach to relationships. Republic Jet Center is among the first five FBOs to receive this recognition.

“We are thrilled to be one of the first Fixed Based Operators to be honored with the Everest Fuel Preferred Award for Excellence for our exceptional services and the quality of amenities we give to our valued customers on a day-to-day basis,” said Jeremy Epperson, President of Republic Jet Center. “We thank Everest Fuel for recognizing our efforts to provide our customers with the highest level of convenience and service. We understand that this honor is awarded very selectively, and we want to acknowledge the value this award bestows on us.”

To be selected as an Everest Fuel Preferred Award recipient, Republic Jet Center was assessed across a variety of selection criteria to determine that the FBO exceeded Everest’s standards for facilities, amenities and procedures. This included: an on-site evaluation audit of the facility; a safety inspection to ensure the FBO adheres to ATA 103 fuel quality-control procedures and it follows nationally recognized standards for training line-service personnel; the FBO has demonstrated outstanding commitment to service to Everest Fuel customers; and the FBO has maintained a long-term relationship with Everest and provides Everest customers with exceptional value.

“The Everest Fuel Preferred award was created to honor exceptional facilities,” said Paul Giovanetti, Sr. Manager of Fuel & FBO Services at Everest. “Republic Jet Center embodies our philosophy and selection criteria of safety, service, facilities, and relationship.”

Republic Jet Center 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 100,000-gallon fuel farm that has a generator back-up and it offers 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, a pilot lounge and VIP helicopter transfer to Manhattan.

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FBO Ground Handling and Support

What are the Most Desirable FBO Ground Handling and Support Features?

When your private jet lands at a Fixed Base Operator facility, what FBO ground handling and support services can you expect? Generally, stops are made for refueling, which can take upwards of a few hours depending on the number of aircraft in queue. A growing number of FBOs will also provide maintenance services should your aircraft require repair work. Arrangements may also be made to store your aircraft for the duration of your visit if the FBO.

When traveling during inclement weather, a Fixed Base Operator might provide full de-icing services for the safety of all on board as well as to comply with current aviation regulations. For planes that require maintenance and even repair, a facility that provides superior FBO ground handling services and has access to an FAA Certified Part 145 Repair Station. Courtesy transportation, a pilot lounge that includes a sleep room and shower facilities, as well as a flight planning center to chart the remaining legs of the trip are provided for the convenience of the crew. For inbound flights that originated in other countries, US Customs services/TSA Screenings with extended hours is a boon.

Traveler Conveniences Key to Great FBO Ground Handling

Travelers may want to disembark and take maximum advantage of a layover. An FBO that provides the convenience of planeside vehicle access, the use of a VIP lounge in a clean, modern facility and other comforts will greatly increase the likelihood of return visits. In addition to providing complimentary coffee, reading material, and the option of on-site rental cars, access to taxis and even limousines, considerate FBO management will also offer concierge services that include arranging local tours, shopping, dining, and if requested, even a VIP helicopter to Manhattan for the day.

Based in Farmingdale, New York at Republic Airport, Republic Jet Center is an FBO that provides all the amenities mentioned above. In addition, the facility is an easy drive or helicopter ride from both Manhattan and the Hamptons. Partnered with the world renowned Signature® Flight Support Group, Republic Jet Center is committed to providing service excellence to travelers, pilots and crew alike. For more information please call 631-881-9520.

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Fixed Base Operator, Republic Jet Center, Launches New Website

RepublicJetCenter.com Aims to Drive New Business to Farmingdale, New York-based Firm

Farmingdale, NY (November 25, 2017) – Republic Jet Center, a Signature Select member of the Signature Flight Support global FBO network located at Republic Airport in Farmingdale, New York, announced today that it has launched its new website, RepublicJetCenter.com. The site is intended to serve as a brand ambassador for the firm, allowing site visitors to view the company’s array of services as well as to make reservations 24/7/365.

As a Fixed Base Operator, Republic Jet Center provides ground support for all general aviation aircraft. Partnered with the prestigious international firm, Signature® Flight Support Group, travelers, pilots and crew receive unparalleled services that include quick, consistent delivery for all of their aircraft needs. Passengers and crew may relax in Republic Jet Center’s luxurious new lounge facility or take advantage of their overnights by sightseeing and going on shopping trips, fully arranged by RJC’s concierge.

The new website is intended to further the brand as well as to facilitate making arrangements for an aircraft online. Site features include an exciting, clean design as well as easy to use navigation and convenient forms. “Not all FBOs are alike. Republic Jet Center’s new website makes our commitment to provide exceptional service crystal clear,” states Adam Katz, Founder, Republic Jet Center. “Our association with the prestigious Signature® Flight Support organization sets high standards for our FBO to fulfill. From its sleek appearance, quick access to information and ability to make reservations, RepublicJetCenter.com will represent us and our esteemed partner well,” Katz concludes.

For more information: 631-881-9520.

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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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