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Newly renovated general aviation Federal Inspection Station officially opens at Sheltair’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International FBO complex

Opening ceremonies for the nearly $2 million renovation of the 10,000 square foot general aviation U.S. Customs entryway to the United States at Broward County’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, will be held on Thursday, February 11th at 4:00 p.m.. Attending will be officials from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Broward County Aviation Department, Sheltair, elected officials and many of the region’s business leaders.

The original facility constructed in 1988, has been totally modernized to meet the demands of today’s international general aviation traveler arriving at Broward County’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. It includes a new ramp access location, expanded processing areas, state-of-the-art security technology and an improved interior layout to allow for an efficient flow of passenger traffic. Its ribbon cutting comes not a moment too soon as last year the airport welcomed 53,754 general aviation passengers and crew and over 13,000 aircraft requiring Customs clearance.

Sheltair began closely coordinating plans for renovation with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Broward County Aviation Department (BCAD) several years prior to the new facility’s renovation. It also teamed with Singer Architects to facilitate the design and GSD Contracting, LLC for the construction of the project.

FIS FLL Ribbon Cutting

Sheltair’s Chairman, CEO and founder Jerry Holland stated, “This is an extraordinary example of how a public–private partnership can benefit the general aviation community, the regional economy and the reputation of FLL as a passenger friendly destination. Credit should be given to our colleagues at the Broward County Aviation Department and CBP for their leadership and cooperation as we cut the ribbon to open this installation.”

“As the primary agency charged with the safeguarding of our nation’s Borders, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, is very pleased to be inaugurating this wonderful new facility to better serve the general aviation community at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport,” commented Jorge L. Roig, Port Director, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport & Port Everglades, Miami Field Office of Customs and Border Protection.

Broward County Aviation Director Kent George said, “To fulfill its potential as an economic gateway for our region Broward County’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport will continue to work with its partners to ensure it can meet current and future needs of the aviation community. This ribbon cutting reflects that commitment and we are pleased by the speed, efficiency and professionalism that allowed this project to be completed on time and on budget.”

About Sheltair

Sheltair, a privately-owned aviation development company, operates 16 premier FBOs and manages over three million square feet of aviation related properties throughout Florida, Georgia and New York. Sheltair services include fueling, ground handling, hangar and office leasing and turn-key design/build of aviation properties. For more information visit us at www.sheltairaviation.com and follow us on twitter

About Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport

Broward County's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport ranks 21st in the U.S. in total passenger traffic. With over 650 flights a day, FLL offers nonstop service to 125 U.S. and international destinations in Canada, Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexico, Latin American, and Europe. Strategically located in the heart of the South Florida region, FLL is one of the economic engines that drive Broward County and provides 139,920 jobs and generates $13.2 billion annually for the local economy. Broward County's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is a service of the Broward County Board of County Commissioners. The Aviation Department also operates the North Perry Airport, a general aviation airport for private and charter aircraft operators. For updates on airport programs and services, follow us on twitter or visit fll.net.

 

Ocala receives $2M FDOT grant for new airport terminal

OCALA, Fla. -- The Ocala city council accepted the first half of a $2 million grant to build a new aviation terminal at Ocala's International Airport.

As part of the project, the city will match the $2 million to build a 25-thousand sq. ft terminal that will bring airport services together under one roof.

Martin Guerra is one of the flight instructors at Ocala Aviation and says a new terminal at OCF comes at a time when the industry is booming.

"The aviation industry for us, in the U.S. and internationally is growing."

Proof, he says, is at the flight school - which markets themselves to international students.

"We have students waiting down in Ecuador and Colombia to come in," he explains, "waiting for some of the students here to finish because we don't have the needs to accommodate them."

As part of the project, Ocala Aviation will move to the current hangar occupied by Sheltair - the airport's fixed base operator.

"Everything comes down to space," Guerra says. "With more space we can accommodate more students."

In addition to putting more pilots in the cockpit, some say a new airport terminal will help put Ocala International Airport on the map.

"The majority of the visiting people coming to Ocala have to come through a front door somewhere on the airport," OCF director Matt Grow explains.

Grow has been working for the past 10 years on getting the funding to build the new terminal that will centralize the airport's services and be the first impression of those flying to the city.

This terminal will be the centerpiece...their first impression of Ocala and we want to make sure its a fantastic first impression."

He says the project will allow the airport to accommodate growing businesses not only on the tarmac but throughout the city.

"We want to be able to accommodate business aviation needs, recreational pilot needs and the flight school is growing."

Guerra says hopefully make Ocala known for more than just derby winning horses.

"Ocala's going to be known for good horses but for good flight training internationally."

Terminal designs will be completed by May 2016, with constructed slated to start in the fall.

 

Sheltair Brings Its A Game to Las Vegas

Sheltair is bringing New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo to Las Vegas this month.

Well, at least in regulatory spirit.

Following Governor Cuomo signing into law New York State sales-and-use tax exemptions on general aviation transactions the entire business model for aircraft owners has strategically changed for the better. Underscoring these new economic incentives Sheltair will present to the annual NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Las Vegas the company’s information campaign entitled “New York is cleared for takeoff” featuring the Statue of Liberty as a ramp lineman.

Warren Kroeppel, Sheltair’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), explained, “NBAA’s Las Vegas convention brings together top aviation leaders from around the world who are looking for insight and intel on changes in our industry. We can’t think of a better place to detail the regulatory reforms taking place in New York that directly benefit aircraft owners.”

In the wake of Governor Cuomo’s actions Sheltair began to clear ground this fall for a new multimillion-dollar FBO hangar complex at Republic Airport (FRG) in East Farmingdale, New York, located some 35 miles east of Manhattan. Sheltair’s new Republic construction calls for as much as 210,000 square feet of hangar space with door heights a minimum of 28 feet to accommodate the latest corporate jets, thereby ensuring that the needs of a robust and vital general aviation community can be met. In addition, , the company is also hard at work improving or expanding their locations across the eastern seaboard including ISP, FOK, SAV, ORL, FLL, PMP, OCF and LAL. Two new additional hangar complexes are now in development and available for pre-leasing, with 150,000 square feet at FLL and 200,000 square feet at FXE.

What happens in Las Vegas needs to be heard industry wide

Kroeppel explained that Sheltair will be a co-exhibitor with Avfuel at Booth C8816 during the NBAA three day event, November 17th through the 19th, to be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Company experts from their property leasing and development departments will be on site to answer questions and provide details about Sheltair’s ability to provide FBO services, construction and management expertise.

Sheltair’s Las Vegas presentation will come on the heels of the company’s FBO efforts that welcomed hundreds of aircraft visiting the legendary Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in Florida while hosting a fundraising gala on behalf of Angel Flight Southeast where pilots provide patients with free air travel to medical facilities they would otherwise not have access to.

About Sheltair
Sheltair, a privately-owned aviation development company, operates 16 premier FBOs and manages over three million square feet of aviation related properties throughout Florida, Georgia and New York. Sheltair services include fueling, ground handling, hangar and office leasing and turn-key design/build of aviation properties. Please visit www.sheltairaviation.com and follow us on twitter.

 

Boat Cleats and Aircraft Chocks makes for the perfect marriage as Sheltair welcomes jet setting boating enthusiasts visiting the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

The lure of a “tall ship and a star to steer her by” is expected to attract boat owners from across the globe to fly into Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL) where Sheltair will be welcoming those visiting the world famous Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) being held November 5th through the 9th.

Frank Seymour, Sheltair’s Senior Vice President stated, “Sheltair has proudly served as the boat show’s preferred choice of FBO’s for over 25 years, providing jet setting boat owners with the means of easily getting from planeside to portside quickly and efficiently. This year we expect to make active use of our red carpet once again as scores of general aviation aircraft arrive with passengers ready to inspect and purchase the latest vessels afloat.”

As the largest event of its kind in the world, FLIBS annually draws an international crowd of about 100,000 attendees to the Fort Lauderdale area, many who arrive via private aircraft to shop for superyachts, boats, exotic cars and other luxury items.

“The economic synergies among the recreational boating industry, the general aviation community and the destination industry of South Florida are self-evident to Sheltair. We believe we have an integral role to play in strengthening all three through service, attention to detail, efficiencies that are passed on to the aircraft owner/operator and genuine hospitality,” stated Mr. Seymour.

Part of Sheltair’s corporate mission statement is to provide aviation support services, construction and facilities management at such a level that it creates additional jobs inside and beyond the airport it is located within. “If we are doing our job right we are an economic generator, encouraging investment and job growth by welcoming the corporations and individuals who are sizing up a market the moment they step off their aircraft,” continued Seymour. “Whether it is for a boat show or a contract closing, the attention to service needs to be world class when an aircraft is chocked and a passenger disembarks.”

An exclusive reception.
This year Sheltair will host an exclusive boat show party on November 4th at Fort Lauderdale entitled WingsWheelsWater2015 to launch the show and kick off the South Florida winter season. The event not only brings together show goers and the local community for a gala evening of food and fun but also serves to raise funds for Angel Flight Southeast where pilots provide their aircraft and time free of charge to assist patients in travel to medical facilities they would otherwise not have access to. 


The gala event takes place at a time when Sheltair is continuing to expand their hangar complex at Sheltair FLL Westside. The company is currently preparing the site for eight executive hangars totaling almost 150,000 square feet of space with capabilities up to a Global 7000. Sheltair anticipates completion by the fourth quarter of 2016 with custom options available. 

Mr. Seymour concluded, “We are proud and honored to host this gala as it not only celebrates this wonderful Fort Lauderdale tradition but raises dollars for a very worthy cause.”

Current gala event sponsors include Dassault Falcon Jet Corp, Private and Pre-Owned Jets, Pilatus Aircraft Ltd., Embraer Executive Jets and the Embraer Legacy 500, Cessna, SunTrust Bank, Ferrari of Fort Lauderdale, Maserati of Fort Lauderdale, Van Dutch, HMY Yachts, Avfuel, the Fur Salon of Saks Fifth Avenue, Bacardi U.S.A., Penfolds Wines, Whitehaus Media Group and Venice Magazine.


About Sheltair 
Sheltair, a privately-owned aviation development company, operates 16 premier FBOs and manages over three million square feet of aviation related properties throughout Florida, Georgia and New York. Sheltair services include fueling, ground handling, hangar and office leasing and turn-key design/build of aviation properties. Please visit www.sheltairaviation.com and follow us on twitter.

 

Sheltair marks the start of the NYS aviation sales tax exemption by commencing initial site preparation for their new hangar development project at Republic Airport

(East Farmingdale, NY) - To mark the September 1st enactment of the New York State sales-and-use tax exemption on general aviation transactions which is expected to create enormous economic benefits for the entire state, Sheltair officially commenced the initial land clearing on what will soon become a new multimillion dollar premier FBO terminal and aircraft hangar complex at Republic Airport (FRG) in East Farmingdale, New York, located some 35 miles east of Manhattan.

“If Governor Andrew Cuomo was hoping to see immediate results from Albany’s decision to pass this progressive legislation he need not look further than state owned Republic Airport,” explained Warren Kroeppel, Sheltair’s Chief Operating Officer (COO). “On the very date that this tax exemption takes effect Sheltair has commenced its initial site preparation phase on some 40 acres of airport property set aside and approved for this purpose after an exhaustive environmental, economic and operational review and approval by a variety of regulatory agencies and the surrounding airport community.”

Kroeppel stated, “Sheltair’s decision to proceed with this FBO and hangar development project reflects our full faith and confidence in the role of Republic Airport as a key general aviation transportation center, and the strategic benefits including economic development - and ultimately new permanent jobs - that will be generated by the aviation sales tax exemption, and the ability of Sheltair to meet the demands of the general aviation community seeking access to 21st Century state-of-the-art FBO services, amenities and new aircraft storage facilities.”

Michael Giardino, president of the New York Aviation Management Association (NYAMA), stated that the role of the sales tax exemption cannot be overstated in strengthening the economic benefits generated at airports such as Republic. He explained that the tax exemption “levels the playing field” with nearby states that have similar exemptions as it removes the temptation for New Yorkers to base their aircraft outside the state.

The sales-and-use tax exemption applies to all general aviation aircraft, whether experimental, light sport, or certificated; piston or jet. There are no size or capacity restrictions.

Sheltair’s multi-million dollar aviation development project at Republic Airport calls for as much as 210,000 square feet of new hangar space with door heights a minimum of 28 feet to accommodate the latest corporate jets, thereby ensuring that the needs of a robust and vital general aviation community can be met.

Kroeppel observed that any number of individuals and organizations should take credit for this ground breaking as it reflects a commitment to keep Republic Airport as a vital transportation center that connects Long Island and New York with international and national markets, allowing it to take advantage of the sales tax exemption passed by the Senate and the Assembly and signed into law by Governor Cuomo. Kroeppel also praised the New York Aviation Management Association (NYAMA), Long Island Business Aviation Association (LIBAA), the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), and other organizations that worked closely to brief lawmakers on the benefits of the exemption to the state.

A history of serving the aviation community

Sheltair has long operated its FBO facility at Republic inside a 66,000 square foot hangar originally built during World War II as part of the massive Republic Aviation factory that turned out 9,000 P-47 Thunderbolts. It recently announced the investment of nearly $1 million to further modernize the facility in anticipation of increased general aviation activity under the auspices of the coming sales tax exemption.

About Sheltair

Sheltair, a privately-owned aviation development company, operates 16 premier FBOs and manages over three million square feet of aviation related properties throughout Florida, Georgia and New York. Sheltair services include fueling, ground handling, hangar and office leasing and turn-key design/build of aviation properties. Please visit www.sheltairaviation.com and follow us on twitter.

 

Sheltair upgrades GA services at Long Island MacArthur Airport
Invests in its aviation infrastructure to further support its customers

Ronkonkoma- Islip, NY (ISP) - Todd Anderson, Senior Vice President Real Estate & Development, today announced that the company has launched a series of upgrades at their Long Island MacArthur Airport complex where the Fixed Based Operator (FBO) supports the needs of general aviation at the bi-county region’s only commercial airport. The latest efforts bring to $1.1 million the amount invested into their Islip FBO location by the company.

“General aviation serves as a crucial transportation link for Long Island businesses and the economy as a whole with Long Island MacArthur Airport playing a vital role in supporting that function. Whether it is an international corporate jet arriving with executives to close a deal or an entrepreneur flying in to meet with his investor, one cannot overstate the role of general aviation. Our sustained commitment to serving that segment of the aviation community continues to be self-evident through our investment underway at Long Island MacArthur as well as our other properties in the New York metro area,” stated Anderson.

Upgrades from roofs to ramps

Sheltair has begun a variety of infrastructure projects at Long Island MacArthur that include upgrades to two hangars, improved drainage, updated customer parking, the repaving of ramp and tie down areas as well as the removal of outdated fuel tanks that underscore the company’s commitment to environmental protection.

These investments come on the heels of Sheltair’s ongoing modernization of their 66,000 square foot hangar at Republic Airport in East Farmingdale, Long Island, one of the state’s busiest airports.

“Let there be little doubt that our business decisions are in response to Governor Andrew Cuomo signing The Aviation Jobs Act which significantly reduces taxes on aviation related sales and maintenance in New York,” continued Anderson. “As a result, expect Sheltair to invest more in our New York infrastructure in the months and years to come.”

Customs, Concierge and Catering among the services

Sheltair’s Long Island MacArthur Airport facility offers a full-service FBO with on-site Customs and the convenience of being only steps away from the main commercial aviation terminal. The company also offers deicing services, ground support with concierge, complimentary interior cleaning, catering, crew cars, shuttle services, a cafeteria/vending area, WIFI, conference rooms, flight planning/weather room and a pilot lounge that allows crews to relax between flights.

Sheltair also provides FBO support at JFK and LaGuardia and continues to expand in other states including Florida and Georgia.

About Sheltair

Sheltair, a privately-owned aviation development company, now operates 16 premier FBOs in North America and manages over three million square feet of aviation related properties at 22 airports throughout Florida, Georgia and New York. Sheltair services include fueling, VIP handling, general aviation and commercial ground support, hangar and office leasing and turn-key design/build of aviation properties. Please visit www.sheltairaviation.com and follow us on twitter.

 

Sheltair Aviation Announces Additional Financial Resources - Syndicated Credit Facility Increased

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL. (July 15, 2015) - Sheltair Aviation, a leading aviation company operating 16 Fixed Base Operations (FBO’s) and managing over three million square feet of aviation related properties at 22 airports in Florida, Georgia and New York, closed with SunTrust Bank on a $260 million credit facility on July 15, 2015. The proceeds of the credit facility will provide additional capital for the continued expansion of Sheltair’s existing bases, future acquisitions and strategic alliances. Sheltair Aviation is privately owned, headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and employs almost 400 people across its various locations.

Sheltair Aviation CEO Jerry Holland stated, “This is a significant accomplishment for our company. The facility provides the financial resources under the optimal capital structure necessary to pursue our strategic plans for our growing network of bases.”

SunTrust Bank, as Agent and SunTrust Robinson Humphrey as sole Lead Arranger, coordinated the financing with eight participant banks.

Sheltair Aviation was represented by Damaso Saavedra of Saavedra | Goodwin, Fort Lauderdale, FL while Lenders were represented by Moore & Van Allen, PLLC, Charlotte, NC.

Warren Kroeppel, Chief Operating Officer for Sheltair Aviation said, “The lender group came together with the Sheltair Aviation team to design a facility that meets the needs of all parties. These banks have been supportive of the company for many years. Scott Holloway, our Senior VP of Capital Solutions, has been instrumental in developing these relationships for the Company over the past twelve years. We truly appreciate the long-term partnership we have enjoyed with our lenders and their confidence in the Sheltair team.”

About Sheltair Aviation

Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Sheltair Aviation is a privately-owned aviation development company serving the growing general aviation (“GA”) market with a comprehensive solution set including airport development, rental of hangar and office space, and the operations of FBOs. Sheltair differentiates itself from competitors by its strong construction, aviation real estate development, leasing property, and management expertise along with its exceptional safety and customer service reputation. Please visit www.sheltairaviation.com and follow us on twitter.

 

New York State Aviation Jobs Act spurs million dollar investment by Sheltair into their Republic Airport, Long Island facility

(E. Farmingdale, N.Y.) Warren Kroeppel, Sheltair’s Chief Operating Officer, today announced that work is underway on upgrading their 66,000 square foot hangar that dominates Republic Airport (FRG), East Farmingdale, Long Island to ensure that it can continue to meet the needs of 21st Century general aviation and in recognition that the recently passed New York State Aviation Jobs Act will bring new economic growth opportunities at the state owned airport and at other Sheltair facilities throughout New York.

“While the hangar is a marvelous historic landmark, its infrastructure has been continuously upgraded to ensure our customers and tenants get the support their aviation assets require,” stated Kroeppel. “This latest investment reflects a $1,000,000 commitment by Sheltair to ensure the electrical service meets our needs, the passenger lobby offers 21st Century design and amenities, the ramp is maintained, including a new drainage system and the building’s roof remains weather tight under any conditions.”

The Sheltair executive explained that while Sheltair is constantly reinvesting in its infrastructure across the country the Republic facility became a priority in the wake of Governor Andrew Cuomo signing The Aviation Jobs Act which dramatically reduces taxes on aviation related sales and maintenance in New York, the nation’s gateway for international air travel.

Kroeppel stated, “Our significant investment is a reflection of the commitment we made to state lawmakers and this Governor that if the jobs act was passed we would reaffirm our confidence in New York as a place to do business by strengthening our roots. Our Republic renovations are just part of that pledge and we are now poised to take advantage of the benefits this legislation will offer our industry.” The New York State Aviation Jobs Act allows the state to confront the poaching of aviation related business by neighboring regions by reducing taxes and levies on aircraft sales and maintenance. As a result the aviation community will significantly benefit from the ability to reduce the cost of doing business in New York.

Sheltair has grown its already significant footprint in New York with major operations at JFK and LaGuardia and is expanding in other states experiencing a significant expansion in their economies including Florida and Georgia.

About Sheltair 

Sheltair, a privately-owned aviation development company, operates 16 premier FBOs and manages over three million square feet of aviation related properties throughout Florida, Georgia and New York. Sheltair services include fueling, ground handling, hangar and office leasing and turn-key design/build of aviation properties. Please visit www.sheltairaviation.com and follow us on twitter.

 

Jet Aviation Signs Exclusive Preferred Partner FBO Alliance Agreement with Sheltair

TETERBORO, N.J. / June 24, 2015 – Jet Aviation has signed a preferred partner Fixed Base Operation (FBO) alliance with Sheltair designed to offer clients using U.S. locations an enhanced customer experience.

Jet Aviation and Sheltair, two leading FBO providers in the Americas, are launching a preferred partner alliance that will offer advantages to customers across its FBO networks in the U.S. The alliance will heighten the FBO experience through favored hospitality services, personalized interactions and additional rewards programs. The companies are working together to share best practices and leverage combined purchasing power. The program marks a shared philosophy of superior service, management excellence and an uncompromising commitment to safety, and will provide customers with a better travel experience through a joint market offering.

“We are excited to be partnering with an outstanding organization such as Jet Aviation,” noted Danny Walsh, senior vice president, FBO Operations, Sheltair. “Their legacy of success in the service business is one with which we are proud to be associated, and we look forward to offering our customers consistent service excellence and exceptional value through our shared best practices.”

“Jet Aviation has always been committed to service excellence, and an alliance with another leading FBO provider complements our efforts,” said John Langevin, vice president, FBO operations, North America, Jet Aviation. “We are delighted to partner with Sheltair to serve our clients with reciprocal privileges while providing the highest standard in the FBO industry.”

Sheltair is a privately-owned aviation development company, and operates 16 premier FBOs in North America and manages over three million square feet of aviation related properties at 22 airports throughout Florida, Georgia and New York. Sheltair services include fueling, VIP handling, general aviation and commercial ground support, hangar and office leasing and turn-key design/build of aviation properties. Please visit www.sheltairaviation.com and follow us on twitter.

Jet Aviation, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), was founded in Switzerland in 1967 and is one of the leading business aviation services companies in the world. Close to 4,500 employees cater to client needs from more than 25 airport facilities throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North and South America. The company provides maintenance, completions and refurbishment, engineering, FBO and fuel services, along with aircraft management, charter services, aircraft sales and personnel services. Jet Aviation's European and U.S. aircraft management and charter divisions jointly operate a fleet of more than 250 aircraft. Please visit www.jetaviation.com and follow us on twitter.

 
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