Luxury Hangars To Rise at California Airport

 - August 3, 2012, 3:40 AM
A planned $10 million complex at Jacqueline Cochrane Regional will include more than 30 hangars.

Construction of a $10 million high-end private hangar complex is slated to begin at Jacqueline Cochrane Regional Airport in Thermal, Calif. by year-end. The brainchild of San Diego developer Karl Higgins, the eight-acre site will include more than 30 hangars ranging in size from 2,100 sq ft to a BBJ-size 20,000-sq-ft. Prices for the two-story hangars, which will be available starting next summer, range from $400,000 to more than $1 million. Higgins told AIN that he increased the size of the project’s largest hangars in response to requests from customers with heavy iron. The individual customizable hangars will include floor-to-ceiling glass windows on the second floor, observation decks, hydraulic doors, high-speed Internet, security cameras and electronic access systems, with available options such as crew quarters, flight kitchens, pilot ready rooms, flight-planning rooms and office space. Known as Penny Lane Aviation, the complex will feature a communal “Cloud Nine” social area and mini park with a fountain, barbecue center with gas-fed fire pit, shade covers and a patio/entertainment area suitable for catered events. Negotiations are ongoing for an onsite upscale 5,000-sq-ft restaurant. According to Higgins, response to the announcement of the facility has been “terrific,” with the first stage of the three-part project already selling out. The facility will be managed by airport FBO Tradition Aviation.