April 22, 2018

If you are an investor or equity sponsor in the field of aviation, you may have many questions regarding on-airport services. In North America and parts of Europe, the roles of different operators and service providers at an airport are well defined, while in other countries local ground handlers are associated with many of those same operations. In this post, we will take an overview of different services at a public airport, along with the things you can expect, especially if you need direct assistance in finding the best service provider to meet your needs.

Overview of Fixed-Based Operator (FBO) services

Fixed-Based Operator (FBO) services basically operate key airport infrastructure and facilities in aviation, usually under a long-term lease directly from the airport. The services can vary depending on the nature and size of the airport, but the core profile often remains the same. FBOs are responsible for a number of different roles. They provide critical line service functions such as the handling, fueling and hanging of private aircraft, manage the passenger terminal, crew lounges, and other facilities, and may also offer certain maintenance and repair services. The size and location of FBOs determine their services to a large extent. Full-service FBOs are extremely popular in North America and Europe, while in other areas such as Australia and parts of Asia the demand for these services is increasing.

Overview of ground handlers

Ground handlers, on the other hand, are usually licensed by the airport as a concessionaire. They may provide the general services that are required in the sector, mainly at airports which do not possess the requisite infrastructure for full FBO services. These companies mostly deal with below-wing services, although in some cases they do deal with above-wing services. In this context, it’s important to understand the distinction between above-wing and below-wing services.

1. Above Wing services – These include a wide range of services, including some of the services that are offered by FBOs, such as ensuring catering onboard, cleaning flights at technical stops, following and managing passenger and crew, and anything that’s directly related to the flight’s management. These services also include managing the ground accommodation of crew and passengers, besides concierge services.

2. Below Wing services – These services include aircraft handling, fueling, management of ground support equipment, movement of baggage, and any required hangar services. All ground handlers who do below-wing services must have specific operating rights from the airport, own the necessary equipment and be specifically trained for various functions such as towing, marshaling, fueling, etc. They must also have proper insurance in place at a minimum amount specified by the airport. In some parts of the world, ground handlers may need additional certification.

Other areas

When it comes to aviation infrastructure management, FBOs specialize in different areas, although they are all expected to perform certain core line functions. Fixed Base Operators understand the needs of private aviation, whether corporate or recreational, and can offer direct assistance to the flying public. Some companies may …

Any furniture removal can be an intimidating process no matter what the location of your new home or office. If moving interstate, the need to figure out how interstate back loading works and whether or not you should backload is crucial for a successful interstate move. 

The most important thing to do is to plan everything ahead of time and to get the right information from qualified professionals. Time is money and making the time to map out how you’ll spend your money will mean bigger savings.

 

This list contains some money saving moving tips that you might consider when undertaking a furniture removal:

 

Make a Budget and Don’t Deviate 

 

It is absolutely essential to stick to a budget once you have itemized all your expenses. Write down a list of predictable expenditures such as packing supplies, professional movers, takeout food, hotel stays, fuel, etc. Include a buffer in your budget so that if unforeseen expenditures arise, you’ll be prepared. 

Employ Professional Furniture Removalists 

Interview several removalists and get quotes. Moving expenses are normally calculated depending on the volume or the number of rooms, the distance between the two start and end locations, efforts exerted in packing as well as access, and the time of year. Peak moving times include the summer, weekends, and holidays so they will cost you more than if you were to move on other days.

 

Remember that just because one company gave the lowest price estimate, it doesn’t necessarily mean that is the best arrangement. The quality of your moving service is important, so remember to look at the policies concerning damaged items (while in the process of moving). 

Use Affordable Packing Methods and Supplies – If You are on a Tight Budget  

Do the packing and unpacking yourself. You’ll save a lot more money this way. Hunt for good deals on packing supplies. Sometimes, friends and families have these items saved up from their own moves. Get free boxes from your workplace or a local supermarket. There are plenty of ways to get cheap moving supplies. Investigate – you’ll sure find something that’ll be useful for your move. 

Lessen Your Travel Weight 

The less goods you have, the less there is to move, and the less you pay your movers. In many cases, professional movers will charge based on the volume of your possessions. So try, whenever possible, to eradicate unnecessary items. You can get rid of them via a garage sale or donate them to charity. Many things can be sold quite easily on eBay now, so don’t rule that option out when you’re ready to sell. 

Switch Off the Utilities 

Call the utility companies (and cable company) ahead of time to ensure that your service has ended on your moving day.

Switch off the water heater and turn down the heating. Be certain that all lights are not on. Lock and seal any openings such as windows and doors so that the house’s contents are …