Second FBO Opens at SoCal's Hawthorne Airport

 - August 2, 2017, 5:21 PM
The current service offerings at Hawthorne Hangar Operations, Los Angeles-area Hawthorne Municipal Airport's newest service provider, will be steadily improved over the next few years, culminating in a new, multi-million dollar facility by 2020, according to the company.

Los Angeles-area Jack Northrop Field/Hawthorne Municipal Airport received a second FBO with the opening this week of Hawthorne Hangar Operations (HHO). Located in the Wolfe Air hangar off Runway 7/25, the Avfuel- branded location currently offers self-service fueling for both jet-A and avgas from its $1.6 million fuel farm, which has a capacity of 30,000 gallons of jet-A and 2,500 gallons of avgas. A new 3,000 gallon jet fuel tanker is expected to arrive next week.

The facility has 14,000 sq ft of office space, including a 2,000 sq ft of passenger terminal with a 12-seat conference room, passenger lounge, showers, crew cars and concierge service. The complex also operates an adjoining 18,000-sq-ft hangar that can accommodate a Gulfstream G650.

“We’ve been a presence on this field for more than seven years in hangar operations, aerial photography and production, under our owner Dan Wolfe’s umbrella of companies,” noted facility general manager Jim Schulte. “We recognized a need for another FBO on the field, and seized the opportunity. It was a natural transition, and one we’re excited to execute with the professionalism and safety standards we’ve developed over the years.”

Next week, the company will begin renovations on a 3,000-sq-ft two-story building that was formerly part of Northrop Aviation’s research division, which it expects to outfit as a passenger terminal by end of September.

In 2019, Schulte told AIN, plans call for that building to be razed in preparation for a new 10,000-sq-ft, four-story terminal building with a two-level, 200-space underground parking garage. In addition, the approximately $13 million project will include a new 15,000-sq-ft hangar with two helipads on its roof, complete with fueling capabilities. Construction is expected to be completed on the new campus by 2020.