New FBO At HNL

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Not that most of us with shorter-range aircraft will ever use it, but a new FBO is being developed at the Honolulu International Airport (PHNL). Castle & Cooke last week said they recently acquired the former Circle Rainbow building and renovations are underway. The facility will be the company's first aviation facility in Hawaii and, according to Castle & Cooke, will serve as an alternative to the existing aviation businesses based at the airport. The company said it plans to construct new hangars serving Hawaii's general aviation flight departments and charter customers. When completed, the facility will feature more than 20,000 square feet of hangar space and 60,000 square feet of Class A office space, according to Steven Friedmann, executive vice president of Castle & Cooke Aviation. "Our aviation operations will be open for business this summer and Honolulu will have a first class FBO to complement our existing operations." The former Circle Rainbow building was built in 1993 on 3.2 acres of airport property; planned improvements include office renovations, new parking lots and improved hangars. The adjacent taxiway offers convenient access to the airport's runway. "We are excited to bring this beautiful building back to life as a new fixed base operation and are pleased to partner with the state to do so," said David H. Murdock, chairman and owner of Castle & Cooke. The new FBO's offerings will include aircraft fueling, maintenance, cleaning, catering and other ground services for private aircraft. Upon completion, the facility will also have shower facilities plus a flight planning and coordination area with large conference rooms. "Castle & Cooke will add substantial value to the airport property, the aviation community and the State of Hawaii," said state Department of Transportation Director Barry Fukunaga.