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Jet Aviation opens in Van Nuys and tackles icy Zurich
Jet Aviation has opened a new FBO and hangar facility at Van Nuys airport and is offering a de-icing service at its Zurich FBO as it ramps up for the World Economic Forum.
Ice in flight destroys the smooth flow of air, increasing drag while decreasing the ability to create lift. Jet Aviation Zurich now has a 14-strong team to carry out de-icing.
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Jet Aviation has opened a new FBO and hangar complex at Van Nuys airport. Sustainably built, the facility includes a 10,000 sq ft FBO terminal and a 43,000 sq ft hangar with 8,000 sq ft of office space as well as long, unobstructed ramp space. A 30 ft clearance allows it to accommodate aircraft such as the Gulfstream G700 and the Global 7500.

“As part of one of the country's busiest general aviation airports, we are proud to offer our customers a comprehensive solution for all of their aircraft service needs, including traditional FBO services like fuelling, hangarage, aircraft cleaning, catering and domestic and international handling, as well as full-service aircraft management, charter and on demand maintenance,” says Van Nuys FBO director and general manager Michael McDaniel. “And, most excitingly, we did it using sustainable building practices and with an eye to conservation in the future.”

The company is also offering sustainable fuel via a blended fuel option at Van Nuys, the first supplier at the airport and indeed the first Jet Aviation site to carry blended fuel. The site was built to LEED silver specifications and construction practices included using regional materials, installing energy efficient lighting and low-flow plumbing fixtures, and a commitment to divert the majority of construction waste from landfills.

“The opening of Jet Aviation's new complex advances environmental sustainability by offering an alternative fuel option on an ongoing basis,” adds Van Nuys airport manager Flora Margheritis.

In Switzerland, the company's Zurich FBO has invested in two brand new de-icing trucks. In partnership with aircraft detailing company the Allen Groupe, 14 employees have been trained and certified to provide de-icing services for all airline and general aviation aircraft types.

“While the weather in any given week is always unpredictable, winters in Zurich can be harsh,” says FBO general manager Joao Martins. “Our new de-icing service helps ensure aircraft can safely surmount operational obstacles and fly as scheduled. We are delighted to expand our capabilities with this news service.”

The Zurich FBO has already begun booking customers for WEF in January 2020 and to ensure it can support more parking possibilities for the surge of business during WEF, it is also currently in negotiations for additional hangarage access.

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