The governing board at West Virginia’s Charleston Yeager Airport (CRW) voted this week to end its contract with long-time FBO Executive Air, paving the way for the airport to assume control of the facility, including its recently remodeled, two-story passenger terminal and fueling operation. The decision came after a May 3 guilty plea in federal court by Executive Air president Scott Miller on charges of illegally storing hazardous waste from the FBO, which could carry up to five years in prison.
Under the terms of the lease buyout, there are 60 days left in the agreement and the two sides will negotiate the cost of what the airport will pay Executive Air, which served general aviation at the airport for nearly three decades, for the remaining time. Airport director Terry Sayre noted the trend of airports of Yeager’s size reclaiming their FBOs for self-management and indicated that the decision to buy back the FBO did not hinge on the legal matter.
“This is a business decision that will allow the airport to continue toward its long-term goals,” the airport authority said in a statement. “This does not impact the flying public and will only improve the experience of general aviation visitors to CRW.”