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A Federal Aviation Administration sublease has been approved by the Cobb County Board of Commissioners for Cobb County International Airport - McCollum Field.

The request was made by Atlanta Northside Aviation Inc. to enter into a 35-year sublease. Hangar 240 will be used by the FAA southeastern Flight Inspection Operations Group (Flightcheck).

Flightcheck includes up to 35 employees and a fleet of seven aircraft. Throughout the southeast U.S., Flightcheck is responsible for the in-air certification and ongoing flight inspections of navigation aids.

Northside will construct 6,750 square feet of office space and 1,892 square feet of shop space within and around the existing 25,000-square-foot hangar.

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Two projects to improve safety and efficiency are expected to start in July at Cobb County International Airport.

Cobb commissioners earlier this month approved a $3.7 million contract with Woodstock-based Astra Group Inc. for rehabilitation of the airport’s north apron, or the area between the hangars and the runway, reports Marietta Daily Journal.

A $780,000 contract with Texas-based Navcon, which was also approved by commissioners, will provide for the installation of an approach lighting system aimed at aiding pilots landing at the airport, the paper adds.

State and federal funding will cover the majority of the costs, with the remainder coming from those who use the airport, airport manager Karl Von Hagel told the MDJ.

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Hawthorne Global Aviation Services today announced that its Part 145 maintenance repair station operation located at its ExcelAire facility in Long Island, NY has been approved by the Cayman Islands CAA as an authorized maintenance provider for private jets registered in the Cayman Islands.

"We are thrilled to receive Cayman Island certification, and are among the few companies that are authorized to work on Cayman registered aircraft, which is a recognition of our overall maintenance excellence," said Ralph Michielli, Chief Operating Officer, ExcelAire. "We provide private jet maintenance services 24/7 and 98% of our work is done in-house by our highly qualified team."

Hawthorne Global Aviation Services at its ExcelAire facility specializes in worldwide jet charters, aircraft management, maintenance, and FBO services.

Maintenance services are located at MacArthur Airport in Long Island, NY. An authorized FAA repair station, it is also an authorized Embraer factory service center and has extensive experience with Gulfstream, Citation, Learjet, Hawker, Challenger and Falcon jets. 

About Hawthorne Global Aviation Services

Hawthorne Global Aviation Services is a premier provider of general aviation services, with a rich history in the industry dating back to 1932. Hawthorne operates four premier Fixed Based Operators (FBO) located at L.I. MacArthur Airport, NY (KISP); Cobb County International Airport in Atlanta, Ga. (KRYY), Chicago Executive Airport in Chicago, Ill. (KPWK) and Chippewa Valley Regional Airport in Eau Claire, Wis. (KEAU). It also has private jet charter and maintenance operations at MacArthur Airport, NY (KISP) and Chippewa Valley Regional Airport, Wis. (KEAU). For more information on Hawthorne Global Aviation Services, please visit www.hawthorne.aero.

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Bama Air, one of the Tuscaloosa Regional Airport’s two fixed-based operators and a fixture of the facility for more than 30 years, has been sold.

Now, its facility is managed, owned and operated by Hawthorne Global Aviation Services, a provider of fixed-base operation services since 1932.

Fixed-base operators, or FBOs, provide a number of services for incoming and departing flights, from fueling and hangar services to lounges and convenience services.

They’re like fancy gas stations for the aircraft industry.

“We are continuing to expand our FBO network and Hawthorne Tuscaloosa broadens our U.S. geographic footprint,” said Bryon Burbage, president and CEO of Hawthorne Global Aviation Services, in a news release announcing the acquisition. “This location is a full-service FBO with a wide range of amenities, including aircraft management and aircraft maintenance along with warm hospitality you’d expect from any of the five Hawthorne FBOs nationwide.

“We are very pleased to be a part of the Tuscaloosa community and look forward to a long and productive relationship with the airport and the city.”

Hawthorne, headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina, began efforts months ago to acquire the more than 75,000 square feet of hangar space and a 5,000 square-foot passenger terminal that, until between 1995 and Monday, was operated by Bama Air.

It now features a spacious lobby complete with fireplace, a wall mounted widescreen television, wireless Internet access, meeting room facilities and flight planning as part of the $150,000 or so in upgrades that Burbage told the Tuscaloosa City Council the company would be investing.

The Tuscaloosa City Council granted approval of the sale of the terminal and its leasing agreement from Bama Air to Hawthorne in September. The council’s approval was required by city code, since the airport is a city-owned facility.

Before the sale could be completed, the site underwent an appraisal and valuation process to determine the new lease rate.

NexPhase Capital and Hawthorne Corp. formed Hawthorne in 2010 to pursue an FBO acquisition strategy. NPC provides the company with strategic advice.

Hawthorne Tuscaloosa adds to the Hawthorne network that now includes FBOs at Long Island MacArthur Airport in Islip, New York; Cobb County International Airport in Atlanta; Chicago Executive Airport in Chicago; and Chippewa Valley Regional Airport in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

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McCollum Field is owned by Cobb County, operated by the County Department of Transportation characterizing it as a municipal airport. It is managed by a full-time, professional airport manager. The airport employs almost 185 people, and had an annual economic impact of more than $47 million to the local economy in 2002.

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