Synthesis of Information Related to Airport Practices. Topic S01-20. Compilation of Data on the State of FBOs

The aviation industry is continuing to evolve and there is no readily available information to gauge the current financial and operational viability of the fixed base operations (FBO) industry. In the 1980’s an estimated 10,000 FBO locations served a robust aviation industry. Most of the FBOs were privately owned and/or operated, many by individual families. Today there are approximately 3,500 FBOs at obligated airports varied by ownership and operation. Of these, it is estimated that 47% are publicly owned and operated by airports. This change is explained by multiple factors such as consolidation, competition, fleet mix, and demographic trends. Also impactful, information availability has changed flight planning for pilots and dispatchers. The industry and the associated data collection efforts have not adjusted to reflect this new reality. The result is that airport operators tend to ‘fly solo’ on many FBO management and operational decisions. The purpose of this study is to provide a quantitative snapshot of the FBO industry subsector and to provide a roadmap/table of data resources available for additional analysis. The primary audience for this data set are airport and FBO operators. Data about FBOs and services are available through many diverse datasets. There are companies that collect and present data, but much of this information is provided by subscription or paid service. As such, many airports and small FBOs do not have the data that may be useful to understanding their industry and making informed decisions. The expected benefit of a public compilation is to present a current industry baseline, and create awareness of trends over time that could affect FBO management decisions and viability. The principal investigator will provide a concise snapshot of the current (2017 or more recent) state of FBOs that could be updated periodically by others to track changes in the industry.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $45000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 11-03, Topic S01-20

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Project Managers:

    Staba, Gail

  • Performing Organizations:

    KRAMER aerotek

    Boulder, CO  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Kramer, Lois

  • Start Date: 20180717
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01659864
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 11-03, Topic S01-20
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Feb 12 2018 3:03PM