Jetport gets more hangars
by DAVID DAVIS, Managing Editor
Jun 04, 2013 | 1748 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Numbers to keep growing
Airplanes fill the community hangar at Cleveland Regional Jetport on Dry Valley Road. Eight to 10 planes occupy some 8,000 square feet of floor space. The overall size of the hangar is 10,000 square feet, including office space.
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The community hangar at Cleveland Regional Jetport where the grand opening was held in late January will soon be joined by three private hangars and 20 T-hangars.

Jones Airways LLC recently broke ground on an 18,000-square-foot hangar, Stephen Wright is finishing an 8,000-square-foot building and Dr. Tim Viser will soon start on a 2,000-square-foot hangar.

Perry Stone of Voice of Evangelism and Mark Johnson of J&S Restaurants have put down deposits on sites.

In addition, Jetport manager Mark Fidler is in discussions with an investor from Texas who is interested in building a hangar at the new airport.

The Cleveland Municipal Airport Authority recently awarded a $1.73 million contract to Merit Construction of Knoxville for 20 T-hangars.

Fidler said Monday afternoon all of the T-hangars are leased and he is starting a waiting list.

“I expected them to be occupied and that’s what I indicated in the proposed budget,” Fidler said.

The T-hangars should be finished by late August or early September.

Fidler said that in the not too distant future, he expects to see more T-hangars or another large community hangar.

In addition to hangar construction, anchors for 10 planes should be installed on the tarmac by the end of the week.

Fidler said the airport is attracting business travel to Cleveland that was not possible at Hardwick Field. Recently, Renfro officials flew to Cleveland to announce a major expansion at its plant on Michigan Avenue Road. In August, Whirlpool Corporation is hosting a conference that will bring in nine jets.

“Neither one of those would have been possible at Hardwick,” he said. “Pilots are beginning to find us. More people will find us after the Instrument Approach Procedures are published at the end of this month.”