Business jets on the ramp.
Some 140 business aircraft made an appearance on the ramp at Epps Aviation for the Super Bowl. (Photo: Steve Thornton)

Atlanta FBOs Emerge Victorious from Super Bowl

Atlanta-area FBOs emerged victorious from Super Bowl weekend, smoothly handling an estimated 1,000-plus private aircraft over the six days that reservations were required at half a dozen local airports.

Epps Aviation at DeKalb-Peachtree Airport (PDK) hosted some 140 jets, and fuel uplift per aircraft was far above average, as almost all aircfraft were large-cabin jets. Hill Aircraft at Fulton County Airport-Brown Field (FTY) welcomed “well over” 120 aircraft and uplifted more fuel than expected. Signature Flight Support, with FBOs at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL), PDK, and FTY, had ramps filled with aircraft—as well as many drop-offs from charter operators and NetJets.

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FBOs brought in extra line and maintenance personnel and equipment to handle the traffic. At Cobb County International, Hawthorne Global Aviation Services added 45 line-service techs and 15 customer-service representatives. Atlantic Aviation at PDK brought in extra fuel trucks, tugs, lav-servicing equipment, and power carts, while Signature deployed Technicair maintenance teams. But the only maintenance issue FBOs reported to BJT was a tire change on a Gulfstream.

FBOs credited detailed planning, experienced staffs, and the number of regional airports for the smooth operations.