Following a long-contested RFP process at New York’s Francis S. Gabreski/Westhampton Beach Airport (FOK) in Suffolk County, locally-based aircraft charter/management and maintenance provider Eastway Aviation is set to break ground by the end of the year on the second FBO at the airport, which serves the eastern end of Long Island and the tony Hamptons communities.
Eastway has operated for four decades and flies a fleet of nine jets at FOK, which features a 9,000-ft primary runway. The new FBO, to be named Sunrise Jets Aviation, will occupy a 14-acre leasehold on the northwest corner of the field, near the main entrance.
Company president Eric Lang told AIN his company obtained a 32-year lease on the property, and the $25 million-plus complex will include a 5,000-sq-ft terminal with pilot lounge, snooze rooms, shower facilities, and conference rooms. It will also have a new fuel farm, two 35,000-sq-ft hangars, and more than six acres of ramp space. The new development will also allow the company to expand its Part 145 repair station, which offers the only aircraft maintenance on the field.
“By combining an FBO with Eastway’s management business and Part 145 repair station, the objective is to garner a strong share of FOK’s aviation business year-round,” said Lang.