Columbia Aircraft Services expects to break ground this month on a new 20,000-sq-ft storage hangar at its Groton, Conn. (GON) facility. “We have commitments for all the space. It’s already full,” Columbia founder and president Art Maurice told AIN. Later this year, the maintenance, avionics and sales specialist plans to begin construction on a new 5,000-sq-ft terminal building.
Million Air at Salt Lake City International Airport was scheduled to have completed last month 30,000 sq ft of additional heated hangar space for business aircraft. Combined with pre-existing hangars, the new structure will provide Million Air SLC’s tenants and transient customers with a total heated hangar space of 170,000 sq ft.
Wilson Air Center at Memphis International Airport (MEM), Tenn., has signed an agreement with The Hangar to provide maintenance on site. The Hangar is now operating a satellite base from a 16,000-sq-ft building on the Wilson leasehold. With a larger shop at Batesville, Miss., The Hangar is an FAR Part 145-certified repair station with class III airframe and limited engine ratings.
The airport board and some users at Lunken Airport in Cincinnati, Ohio, are at odds over a higher aircraft weight limit proposed late last year. A city council airport advisory board voted seven-to-one to raise the weight limit from 70,000 pounds mtow to 100,000 pounds and to keep the limit in place for 10 years. City-owned Lunken currently has some 130,000 operations per year and no scheduled airline service.
After transferring its FBO operations to Atlantic Aviation, Ranger Jet Center at Orlando/Kissimmee Gateway Airport began building its new business center with offices and hangar space available to operators and businesses. In November, Ranger Jet Center held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new Osceola Sheriff’s aviation facility. The event also acknowledged two newly finished general aviation hangars.
Growth at Salina Airport in Kansas has been so rapid that the airport is running out of hangar and office space for businesses that want to move to the airport. A new $6 million hangar complex is under construction and is on track to open in the third quarter. The 69,000-sq-ft complex includes 41,400 sq ft of hangar space, 22,600 sq ft of office space and a 5,000-sq-ft customer service area.
Shortly after its purchase by finance house Allied Capital earlier this year, Mercury Air Centers dedicated a new hangar and tenant office facility at Charleston International Airport (CHS) S.C. The 45,000-sq-ft complex is adjacent to Mercury’s existing terminal and incorporates a 23,000-sq-ft hangar bay with 28-foot-high doors that can accommodate large business jets, such as the Gulfstream V.
ACM Aviation has broken ground on a new, 17,000-sq-ft executive terminal with a 60,000-sq-ft hangar on the west side of Mineta San Jose International Airport. Upon completion of construction, planned for fall 2006, ACM Aviation will celebrate 25 years in business.
Aviation Development Group (ADG), in affiliation with Signature Flight Support, has announced plans to construct a private, master-planned hangar community at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) in Austin, Texas. When complete, the development will feature 69 individual condo-type hangars totaling approximately 215,000 sq ft, designed to house everything from single-engine aircraft to business jets as large as a Citation X.
All three Long Island (N.Y.) Jet Centers (LIJC) will soon get major facelifts. The three separate projects are expected to cost about $50 million, collectively, with work starting early next year and taking up to three years to finish. Long Island Jet Centers include facilities at Francis Gabreski Airport (FOK) in Westhampton Beach; MacArthur Airport (ISP) in Islip; and Republic Airport in Farmingdale.