Five years after its facility was destroyed by Hurricane Maria, Bohlke International Aviation, the lone FBO at St. Croix’s Henry E. Rohlsen Airport (TISX), has opened its newly-rebuilt FBO, it announced today at the NBAA Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference.
Its 4,200-sq-ft terminal was built to storm-resistant standards and features a crew suite with shower facilities and a separate flight-planning area. An eight-seat conference room, kitchen area with coffee and refreshments, concierge service, crew cars, and on-site car rental round out the amenities. It adjoins a 20,000-sq-ft hangar with a 90-foot door that can accommodate large-cabin corporate jets.
“A lot of planning went into making our new facility hurricane-proof,” said company president and third-generation professional pilot William Bohlke. “You don't truly appreciate how important your place of business is until it’s gone. Our hardworking team and loyal customers deserve this new space, and we hope it’s here for a very long time.”
The Avfuel-branded facility, which recently hosted Air Force One, is open every day from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., with after-hours call-out available.
Sustainability was a focus in the design of the facility, including LED lighting and a water-capturing system for the building and hangar. A local garden with bananas, coconuts, and other tropical fruits borders the parking lot.