It has been 14 months since I built + bought these FBOs. I am looking into selling off Shpadoinkle’s well supplied PA network. I’ll put them up on the sales page when I get around to it, in the mean time I will consider offers for all or individual FBOs.
After the liquidation of assets at Taylor Municipal (KTYL), Greenlee County (KCFT) and Gabbs (KGAB), the employees of Shpadoinkle West put themselves into stasis and were scattered all over the world. After 3 months laying low, the acquisition of FBO facilities at San Jose International (KSJC) triggered a beacon and awakened the slumbering giants, guiding them towards the west coast where they will unite to once again provide excellent service to visiting aircraft. So say we all.
Even though the doorman never heard of us and refused to let us in, we insisted that Shpadoinkle has always considered Saudi Arabia one of our top allies, and to prove it, we showed them a friend request on facebook sent more than 30 years ago.
Moved and deeply touched by our act of friendship, Shpadoinkle was awarded contracts to serve airbases at Riyadh (OERY) and Al Jubail (OEJB) with both FBO operations and scheduled flights, marking a new milestone for Shpadoinkle as both Airports have 13000ft runways, IAPs, and this time they actually exist in FSX and X-Plane!
Shpadoinkle is restructuring! Yes, we are getting rid of some FBOs at perfectly reasonable prices. $250k sounds like a lot, but these FBOs have all been stocked to last until March 2018, which is much more than you can say for most other FBOs in the $250k price range.
KGAB in Gabbs, Nevada was one of Shpadoinkle’s first acquisitions, but the problem was that its target FBO – KTYL – was 454 nmi away, meaning that the route – while profitable – took its toll in time and running costs. KTYL’s gates have since been redirected to KCFT which is a much more palletable 100nmi away, and as Shpadoinkle has no plans to expand further in the region, its best for Gabbs to find a new owner. Gabbs has a 6000ft runway running east to west and a shorter 3000ft runway crossing it perpendicularly.
LFGK-LFPK were fairly recent acquisitions, bought for a moderate price and saved from closure with an initial supply order. Obviously, being 53 nmi from each other makes them the optimal distance for a profitable recurring route, and while I’m not in as much of a hurry to sell these two due to their usefulness and profitability, I am still putting them on the market because their configuration and location makes them essentially a duplicate of my LFAG-LFQJ route. And BTW, v$50,000 rebate for buying both LFGK and LFPK.
The following is the transcript of a company wide speech made by Shpadoinkle Aviation’s CEO, that all employees were forced to watch live regardless of time zone:
When I was 5, I told my mom, I said “one day I’m gonna own two 3 lot FBOs in close vicinity to each other in a game called FSeconomy. They won’t be 3 lots due to having a million short runways, and instead they will have proper 10,000ft runways with Cat III ILS and ALSFs on every approach end, with control towers, taxiway lights, and terminal buildings. The FBOs are gonna be situated in a bustling area full of player activity and VATSIM coverage, and in places where I wouldn’t hesitate to fly in real life, and momma, one of these airfields won’t be abandoned and full of craters accordin’ to wikipedia, meaning that it will exist in both 10 year old FSX and in today’s X-Plane for all players to visit.”
That was a childhood dream, and today I am proud to announce that we’ve acquired two 3 lot FBOs within an optimal distance of each other! OK, I’ll admit we didn’t get everything we wanted. But the important thing is that the airports – OR0B and OR0D in FS9/OR31 and ORKK in FSX have long asphalt/concrete runways, are 3 lots with onsite building materials, and we have secured an indefinite high value contract to fly between the two airports so I think we can call that mission accomplished! Now we just need pilots to fly our route that pays about $14,000 in profits per hour long round trip renting system owned aircraft and regenerates daily. In addition, anyone who signs up to transfer there for a local ground position right now will receive a giant incentive package, just type your employee ID in the chat right now, no backsies…
When Shpadoinkle first acquired our Quebec FBOs, our initial strategy was to connect the FBOs with a single line as it was theorized this would result in minimum distance and flights, resulting in maximum profit for a round trip at a network serviced by a single aircraft (as much as the P word can be used on 2 lotters). This is technically still true, unfortunately we soon encountered problems that others who operate lines may have also experienced but are trade secrets so I can’t tell you, as such our Quebec network will undergo restructuring for a hub-and-spoke system centered around Baie-Comeau (CYBC), an airport at the north shore of the St Lawrence River with a luxurious 6000ftx150ft runway and fabulous ILS.
While transitioning to this tried and true system from the stop-by-stop line system will increase flight time and make us look like old fashioned fools instead of the silicon valley startup we are, it will increase our dynamic coverage of the area and synergy and logistics and such, and whether the less immediate benefits actualize is what we are trying to find out.
Keep your eyes peeled for the changes, and in the meantime we invite everyone to Baie-Comeau-ver to CYBC, our new Quebec hub which will be overflowing with jobs in about 5-10 days.
Tip of the day:
Identify your constraints to get the most profit. If you don’t fly enough to exceed the 30/48 limit, aim to maximize profit per real hour. If you frequently exceed the 30/48 limit, aim to maximize profit per flight hour.