Amelia Island Airport To Build New GA Terminal, FBO

 - March 22, 2018, 4:55 PM
As a tribute to its heritage as a WWII fighter training base, city planners at Fernandina Beach, Fla., have designed their airport's new GA terminal to evoke the F4U Corsair. It is expected to debut this summer.

Florida’s Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport will soon be receiving a new general aviation terminal along with a new company to manage it. Taking a page from the airport’s origin as a World War II training base for the F4U Corsair, Bent Wing Aviation Services will take over from long-time FBO operator McGill Aviation on April 1 and provide services from a temporary facility.

In further homage to the Vought fighter, the entire 12,500-sq-ft terminal, which is expected to open in June, echoes the Corsair's design, including the iconic inverted gull wings that shelter an observation deck, a nose section, skylight cockpit, and tail. The two-story glass lobby will have a suspended model F4U, and historic memorabilia will be displayed throughout the building.            

“The unique design of the new terminal building will quickly distinguish Amelia Island’s airport as an iconic aviation landmark,” said Bent Wing owner Brian Echard. “As the FBO providing services from the new terminal, it made sense to name our business to reflect the community’s pride in the distinguished history of the airport and pay tribute to the memories of our military who served in WWII.”

The $4.5 million, Avfuel-branded, 7,000-sq-ft FBO will offer all the necessary amenities, including pilots' lounge and shower, flight-planning room, concierge, two conference rooms, canteen coffee bistro, crew and rental cars, and pilot shop.