What is a fixed-base operator?
A fixed-base operator (or FBO for short) is basically a service center for aircraft. An FBO may be a private enterprise or a subsidiary of the airport or municipality it serves. In private aviation, FBOs typically offer jet charter services to the public. Most operators will generally own anywhere from one to several aircraft, which could range anywhere from helicopters and turboprops to heavy jets and charter airliners. In the US alone, there are an estimated 5,200 FBOs, including independents and chain operations. One advantage of chartering a private jet is that you typically board your aircraft at the FBO, which provides added security and discretion.