Friday, July 22, 2016

Signature Flight Support Fxed Based Operator (FBO)

It is Freqy Friday here on the Btown MP and time for some civilian aero frequencies.

  One area of the civilian aero band that I have found fascinating and intriguing over my many years as a hobbyist is listening to and cataloging the 128.850-132.000 MHz aero subband  This subband is assigned to civilian Aeronautical Enroute services. It is where you will find airline company frequencies, private aero services such as FBO (Fixed Based Operators) and digital ACARS transmissions. With the advent of ACARS (Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System) we have seen a reduction is the amount of airline company traffic in this subband. But it hasn't gone away by any means. Here you will hear airline company traffic associated with sick passengers, maintenance issue reporting, airport gate traffic reports, occasional emergency situation comms and a whole lot more.

  This subband is managed by an Annapolis, Maryland, company known as ARINC. Established in 1929, ARINC is a major provider of transport communications and systems engineering solutions for eight industries: aviation, airports, defense, government, healthcare, networks, security, and transportation. ARINC has installed computer data networks in police cars and railroad cars and also maintains the standards for line-replaceable units.

  Previously owned by the Carlyle Group, in August 2013, it was announced that the company would be sold to Rockwell Collins. The sale was completed on December 23, 2013. As mentioned before it is headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland, and has two regional headquarters in London, established in 1999 to serve the Europe, Middle East, and Africa region, and Singapore, established in 2003 for the Asia Pacific region. ARINC has more than 3,200 employees at over 120 locations worldwide.

  If you look in the FCC database for any of these frequencies you will see they are managed and licensed by ASR Inc (Aviation Spectrum Resources) which is part of ARINC. Some listings in the FCC db may even give you an indication of who is using a particular frequency assignment at a given airport. Others will not and you will have to do some research online or extensive monitoring to figure out who is using that frequency.

  One of the more interesting aero communications in this subband is associated with the FBO or Fixed Base Operators. A Field-base operator (FBO) is a commercial business granted the right by an airport to operate on the airport and provide aeronautical services such as fueling, hangaring, tie-down and parking, aircraft rental, aircraft maintenance, flight instruction, etc.

  In common practice, an FBO is a primary provider of support services to general aviation operators at a public-use airport either located on airport leasehold property or, in rare cases, adjacent to airport leasehold property as a through the fence operation. In many smaller airports serving general aviation in remote or modest communities, the town itself may provide fuel services and operate a basic FBO facility. Most FBOs doing business at airports of high to moderate traffic volume are non-governmental organizations, i.e., either privately or publicly held companies.

  Biz aircraft, private aircraft and even government and military aircraft can be heard on FBO freqs. One of the more interesting comms I am hearing this year (an election year) are presidential and vice presidential candidate aircraft communicating with these FBOs.

  So here on Freqy Friday, the first Fixed Base Operator list I am posting is for a major player in the FBO business world - Signature Flight Support. Future post and a new reference page here on the Btown MP will have other FBOs, airline company freqs, and aeronautical enroute frequencies. So without further ado, let's get with it.

Signature Flight Support FBO

Frequency -- State Location (Airport Code) Airport

122.775 -- FL Kissimmee (KISM) Kissimmee Gateway Arpt
122.775 -- WA Spokane (KGEG) Spokane IAP
122.950 -- LA Lafayette (KLFT) Lafayette RAP
123.300 -- MT Belgrade (KBZN) Bozeman Yellowstone IAP
126.800 -- TX Midland (KMAF) Midland IAP
128.850 -- MO Kansas City (KMCI) Kansas City IAP
128.875 -- NV Las Vegas (KLAS) McCarran IAP
128.875 -- SC Hilton Head (KHXD) Hilton Head Island Arpt
128.900 -- FL Miami (KMIA) Miami IAP
128.925 -- CA San Francisco (KSFO) San Francisco IAP
128.925 -- IL Chicago (KMDW) Chicago Midway IAP
128.925 -- IL Chicago (KORD) O'Hare IAP
128.950 -- MN Minneapolis (KMSP) Minneapolis/St. Paul IAP
128.975 -- FL West Palm Beach (KPBI) Palm Beach IAP
129.000 -- KS New Century (KIXD) New Century Air Center Arpt
129.000 -- MD Glen Burnie (KBWI) Baltimore/Washington Intl Thurgood Marshall Arpt
129.025 -- WA Seattle (KBFI) Boeing Field/King County IAP
129.050 -- CA Santa Clara (San Jose) (KSJC) Norman Y. Mineta San Jose IAP
129.075 -- LA New Orleans (KNEW) Lakefront Arpt
129.075 -- NM Santa Fe (KSAF) Santa Fe MAP
129.275 -- TX T3 Dallas (KDAL) Dallas Love Field - Terminal 3 at Alpha 3
129.300 -- LA Baton Rouge (KBTR) Greater Baton Rouge Metro Arpt
129.575 -- MO Kansas City (KMKC) Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Arpt
129.600 -- NJ Morristown (KMMU) Morristown MAP
129.625 -- OH Columbus (KCMH) Port Columbus IAP
129.625 -- VA Charlottesville (KCHO) Charlottesville-Albemarle Arpt
129.700 -- OH Cleveland (KBKL) Burke Lakefront Arpt
129.725 -- CA Palm Springs (KPSP) Palm Springs IAP
129.725 -- CO Denver (KDEN) Denver IAP
129.725 -- CO Englewood (KAPA) Centennial Arpt
129.725 -- FL Ft. Lauderdale (KFLL) Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood IAP
129.725 -- IN Indianapolis (KIND) Indianapolis IAP
129.850 -- FL Opa Locka (KOPF) Opa-Locka Executive Arpt
129.875 -- TN Memphis (KMEM) Memphis IAP
129.950 -- IL Wheeling (KPWK) Chicago Executive Arpt
129.950 -- MI Detroit (KDTW) Detroit Metro Arpt
129.950 -- TX Wichita Falls (KSPS) Wichita Falls MAP
129.975 -- CA San Diego (KSAN) San Diego IAP
130.000 -- FL Tampa (KTPA) Tampa IAP
130.075 -- CA Fresno (KFAT) Fresno Yosemite IAP
130.150 -- NJ East Teterboro (KTEB) Teterboro Arpt-East
130.150 -- NJ West Teterboro (KTEB) Teterboro Arpt-West
130.225 -- AL Mobile (KMOB) Mobile RAP
130.225 -- NJ Trenton (KTTN) Trenton Mercer Arpt
130.225 -- OH Cincinnati (KLUK) Cincinnati MAP-Lunken Field
130.250 -- MA Boston (KBOS) Logan IAP
130.275 -- MD Frederick (KFDK) Frederick MAP
130.275 -- NC Asheville (KAVL) Asheville RAP
130.375 -- AL Huntsville (KHSV) Huntsville IAP
130.375 -- FL Clearwater (KPIE) St. Petersburg/Clearwater IAP
130.375 -- FL Orlando (KMCO) Orlando IAP
130.375 -- GA Savannah (KSAV) Savannah/Hilton Head IAP
130.375 -- TX Austin (KAUS) Austin-Bergstrom IAP
130.400 -- TX T1 Dallas (KDAL) Dallas Love Field - Terminal 1
130.425 -- DC Washington (KDCA) Ronald Reagan Washington Natl Arpt
130.450 -- FL Miami (KTMB) Miami Executive Arpt
130.525 -- MI Grand Rapids (KGRR) Gerald R. Ford IAP
130.550 -- AK Anchorage (KANC) Anchorage IAP
130.575 -- CA Oakland (KOAK) Oakland IAP
130.575 -- CA Van Nuys (KVNY) Van Nuys Arpt
130.575 -- GA Atlanta (KFTY) Fulton Co Arpt
130.575 -- KS Wichita (KICT) Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower Natl Arpt
130.575 -- NC Greensboro (KGSO) Piedmont Triad IAP
130.575 -- NC Winston-Salem (KINT) Smith Reynolds Arpt
130.575 -- NE Omaha (KOMA) Eppley Airfield
130.575 -- TX Houston (KHOU) William P. Hobby Arpt
130.575 -- TX San Antonio (KSAT) San Antonio IAP
130.575 -- VA Norfolk (KORF) Norfolk IAP
130.575 -- VA Roanoke (KROA) Roanoke–Blacksburg RAP
130.600 -- CA Long Beach (KLGB) Long Beach Arpt-Daugherty Field
130.600 -- CA Los Angeles (KLAX) Los Angeles IAP
130.600 -- LA Kenner/New Orleans (KMSY) Louis Armstrong New Orleans IAP
130.600 -- NJ South Teterboro (KTEB) Teterboro Arpt-South
130.650 -- NH Manchester (KMHT) Manchester-Boston RAP
130.750 -- CA Camarillo (KCMA) Camarillo Arpt
130.750 -- TX T2 Dallas (KDAL) Dallas Love Field - Dalfort Fueling
130.800 -- HI Hilo (KITO) Hilo IAP
130.800 -- HI Honolulu (KHNL) Honolulu IAP
130.800 -- HI Kailua Kona (KKOA) Kona IAP
130.800 -- HI Lanai City (KLNY) Lanai Arpt
130.800 -- HI Lihue (KLIH) Lihue Arpt
130.800 -- MA Bedford (KBED) L. G. Hanscom Field
130.850 -- NJ Newark (KEWR) Newark Liberty IAP
130.875 -- TX Corpus Christi (KCRP) Corpus Christi IAP
130.900 -- FL Boca Raton (KBCT) Boca Raton Arpt
130.900 -- GA Atlanta (KPDK) DeKalb Peachtree Arpt
131.000 -- IA Cedar Rapids (KCID) The Eastern Iowa Arpt
131.000 -- IA Des Moines (KDSM) Des Moines IAP
131.000 -- WI Milwaukee (KMKE) General Mitchell IAP
131.100 -- TN Nashville (KBNA) Nashville IAP
131.150 -- NC Morrisville (Raleigh-Durham) (KRDU) Raleigh-Durham IAP
131.175 -- AZ Scottsdale (KSDL) Scottsdale Arpt
131.250 -- FL West Palm Beach (F45) N. Palm Beach Co General Aviation Arpt
131.350 -- MN St. Paul (KSTP) St. Paul Downtown Arpt
131.350 -- MO St. Louis (KSTL) Lambert-St. Louis IAP
131.375 -- CA Santa Rosa (KSTS) Charles M Schulz Sonoma Co Arpt
131.475 -- CA Goleta (Santa Barbara) (KSBA) Santa Barbara MAP
131.500 -- CA Santa Ana (KSNA) John Wayne/Orange Co Arpt
131.500 -- GA Atlanta (KATL) Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta IAP
131.600 -- TX Houston (KIAH) George Bush Intercontinental Arpt
131.625 -- SC North Charleston (KCHS) Charleston IAP
131.850 -- IL Waukegan (KUGN) Waukegan Natl Arpt
131.875 -- CT East Grandby (KBDL) Bradley IAP
131.875 -- VA Washington Dulles (KIAD) Washington Dulles IAP
132.000 -- FL Jacksonville (KJAX) Jacksonville IAP
132.000 -- NY White Plains (KHPN) Westchester Co Arpt