Appleton FBO: New Name, New Management

 - July 26, 2021, 12:07 PM
Appleton International Airport has assumed control of its lone FBO and changed its name to Appleton Flight Center, through which it believes it can more effectively market KATW’s U.S. Customs service. (Photo: Patrick Tracy/Appleton International Airport)

Ahead of EAA Airventure 2021 this week in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Appleton International Airport (KATW) has assumed control of the operations of its lone FBO from Express Airport Services and, in the process, changed the name of the facility from Platinum Flight Center to Appleton Flight Center.

The airport, which is just 24 miles from Oshkosh and the primary reliever for Airventure, is expecting to welcome more than 500 aircraft this week as a result of the world's largest fly-in gathering.

Outagamie County-owned KATW, home to 75 aircraft and to a rapidly-expanding Gulfstream completions center, features an 8,000-foot main runway and a U.S. Customs facility with the ability to offer no-fee customs clearance for international aircraft of up to 20 passengers.

“We’ve learned that pilots from all over the world know Appleton,” said airport director Abe Weber. “We’re fortunate to have well-known aviation brands like Gulfstream and Air Wisconsin here at KATW, and it makes sense to leverage the Appleton name for our general aviation customers.”