SAN JOSE, Calif., 21 April 2013.Fixed-base operator (FBO) specialist Signature Flight Support Corp. in Orlando, Fla., is moving ahead with a plan to develop and operate a 29-acre, $82 million FBO facility at San Jose International Airport in San Jose, Calif., after the San Jose City Council voted 10-1 last week for final approval.
Signature officials announced their FBO development plan for San Jose Airport last February, but the project was delayed earlier this month due to a challenge from San Jose International's existing FBO services provider, Atlantic Aviation FBO Inc., headquartered in Plano, Texas.
The San Jose City Council voted to grant delegated authority to Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) staff to finalize negotiations and execute a 50-year lease for Signature Flight Support to build and operate a new FBO facility on the Airport’s West Side.
Signature will service, most notably, the personal aircraft of the principals at Google, as well as other clients in the Silicon Valley business community. In addition, Signature will relocate its West Coast headquarters to San Jose. Signature will begin construction this fall.
Signature Flight Support will build a business jet center at San Jose International that will be larger than 270,000 square feet on 29 acres consisting of 240,000 square feet of hangar space, 24,000 square feet office and shops, a 10,000-square-foot executive terminal, a 3,600-square-foot ground support equipment (GSE) shop, a 7,500-square-foot technology garden, and 18.5 acres of ramp space.
The adopted Airport Master Plan identifies the west side of the airport for development to accommodate projected growth in general aviation service demand, Signature Flight Support officials say.
Development areas include 44 acres north of the FAA airport traffic control tower, and 15 acres in the southwest area, which is the current tie-down area for general aviation aircraft and the former San Jose State University Aviation facility.
For more information contact Signature Flight Support online at www.signatureflight.com, or San Jose International Airport at www.flysanjose.com.