FBOs Around The Country/World

The acronym FBO stands for "Fixed Based Operator". It is a service center set apart from the main commercial terminals at airports. These smaller facilities service executive aircraft and serve as a waiting area for those passengers flying privately. There can often be more than one FBO at an airport — especially the larger hubs. These facilities can be located in close proximity to the commercial terminals or in some cases more than a mile or so away.

FBOs can range from little more than just a hangar to lush and luxurious facilities with over the top amenities. For example, J.A. Air Center at Aurora Municipal Airport in Sugar Grove, IL has a unique 25,000-square-foot arrival and departure canopy, spotless café and spacious waiting area.

Another beautiful facility is the Atlantic Aviation FBO at the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport. This facility has an on-site Concierge, showers, on-site cafe, valet service and a heated hangar all in a beautiful ski lodge style setting.

FBO quality is often judged based on service on aircraft, facilities, passenger amenities as well as pilot/crew amenities and services. Undoubtedly all FBOs are unique as different locations require different features. Fixed-base operators are known to offer, but are not limited to aeronautical services such as:

  • Charter and air-taxi options
  • Aircraft storage
  • Sale of aviation/jet fuel
  • Aircraft sales
  • Aircraft service and parts
  • Line services for general aviation aircraft
  • Air taxi and air charter operations.
  • Pilot training

FBOs located at major international/national airports can be a convenient option for some trips – especially commercial connections. Veteran flyers, however, often choose to stay clear of larger hubs knowing that fees and fuel prices can at times be higher than those at smaller facilities.

Your private jet charter consultant can help you choose the best FBO option for your trip. Begin the conversation today by calling 866-409-0929, or fill out an online quote request here!

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