ACI Jet, the lone FBO at California’s San Luis Obispo County Airport, began operating today at its newly-built facility at 4751 Aviadores Way. The California-based company had occupied its previous 6,000-sq-ft facility on Airport Drive for 16 years and it began construction on the new $20 million facility in 2018.
Its new 28,000-sq-ft, two-story terminal features an expansive lobby; mezzanine seating overlooking the ramp; pilot suite with two large snooze rooms, shower facilities, and flight-planning area; a trio of conference rooms seating four, eight, and 18, respectively; and a refreshment bar. An adjoining new 28,500-sq-ft hangar with glass wall panels can accommodate ultra-long-range business jets and has 3,000 sq ft of adjoining shop/office space.
The new facility caps an expansion plan that was derailed for more than a decade by the global economic downturn. ACI Jet had planned the complex and begun construction before the Great Recession, but only a 30,000 sq ft hangar with an adjoining 3,000 sq ft of offices was built at the new location before the remainder of the project was put on hold.
According to company v-p Andrew Robillard, the former facility—which also includes an 8,000-sq-ft hangar—will be retained for general aviation use, possibly by the company’s Part 145 repair center or leased out to a third-party flight school.