Business Aviation Education from Aargus Air Charter Volume 1, Post 7
Business aircraft arrive and depart from terminals that are different from the ones used by the scheduled airlines. There are several terms for these business aircraft terminals. Depending on the airport, you will hear them called the: general aviation terminal; private hangars, or; a Fixed Base Operator almost always referred to by the acronym FBO.
You won’t need to waste any valuable time trying to find your way to the general aviation terminal or FBO. That’s because when you book the trip, you will receive an airport diagram and precise driving instructions so you can easily get to the proper destination at the airport.
Parking is right outside the door, and if there’s an FBO anywhere in America that charges for parking, I haven’t found it. At many locations, you can receive permission to drive up to the plane to make loading and unloading luggage much easier. And if someone is dropping you off, you can step out of the car, walk a few steps, and get into the aircraft.
When you arrive at your destination, your pilots will park the aircraft at the FBO or general aviation terminal in the destination airport. If you have a rental car reserved, or a car service is picking you up, you’ll often find them waiting planeside as you step out of your aircraft.
You’ll also be able to get a map showing the FBO’s location at that airport, so you can easily find your way back to the plane when you’re ready to go home.
Call Dan Dunn at Aargus Air Charter with all your questions and to arrange your trips.
(616) 956-7600 or (616) 822-0099.