Upstate New York FBO Closes after Lease Dispute

 - February 5, 2013, 5:10 AM

Aviation services provider Richmor Aviation has shuttered its FBO facility at Dutchess County Airport in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., after three decades of operation there. The company also operated a Part 145 repair and overhaul station, a flight school and an aircraft sales and charter operation at the airport. The closure leaves Dutchess Aviation, the county-owned FBO, as the lone service provider on the airport.

According to both sides, Richmor’s lease at the airport expired in November 2011 and it had been operating on a month-to-month basis while attempting to reach an agreement on new terms with the county. The county expects to put the location, which includes approximately 10,000 sq ft of hangar and office space, up for bid in an RFP process.

Richmor currently operates three other FBOs in upstate N.Y. at Columbia County Airport, at Schenectady County Airport and in Newburgh at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey-owned Stewart International Airport.