Aviation International News again rated Global Select, the Fixed Based Operator (FBO) at Sugar Land Regional Airport, as one of the Western Hemisphere’s best operations.
The publication’s 2011 FBO Survey compares fixed-based operators in the western hemisphere. The survey is completed by pilots and other corporate aviation experts who rate facilities in categories such as pilot amenities and services, line service, passenger amenities and facilities.
Global Select – the only City-owned operation recognized in the survey – was voted the second best this year and has been among the top 10 since 2007, with two first place selections during that time period.
In the aviation industry, the FBO is a service center at an airport providing various aviation-related services, included aircraft fuel, crew facilities, parking, catering and more.
“Being part of AIN’s ‘best-of’ list is the gold standard in the corporate aviation industry,” said Director of Aviation Phil Savko. “The ranking is the result of an assessment given by pilots familiar with FBO facilities and services. This is one of the highest honors that an FBO can receive.”
SLRA’s focus on corporate aviation – while still providing for the needs of general aviation – has established the airport as an important part of the regional economy, providing jobs, corporate access to local markets, access to air transportation services and facilities to house corporate aviation departments. More than 100 Fortune 500 companies utilized the airport annually.
The airport is a self-sustaining operation; its contribution to a strong economy is made without taxpayer dollars. Amenities at the airport include a Texas-style 20,000-square-foot corporate aviation terminal; a state-of-the-art air traffic control tower and radar system; a reinforced, concrete runway measuring 100 feet wide by 8,000 feet in length, accommodating the largest of the corporate-type business jets; an instrument landing system and high-intensity lighting; U.S. Customs; and more.