Airport Authority receives update on Jetport operations under FBO

By JOYANNA LOVE Banner Senior Staff Writer
Posted 7/23/16

Cleveland Municipal Airport Authority members received an update on how things are going with the new fixed-base operator and maintenance provider.

Corporate Flight Management moved into the …

This item is available in full to subscribers

Airport Authority receives update on Jetport operations under FBO

Posted

Cleveland Municipal Airport Authority members received an update on how things are going with the new fixed-base operator and maintenance provider.

Corporate Flight Management moved into the Cleveland Regional Jetport 22 days ago and has contracted with Montgomery Aero Enterprise for maintenance.

The maintenance hangar was already full of planes being serviced when the Airport Authority took a tour.

CFM president Allen Howell said the company hired two employees who had worked under the previous FBO and hired two more employees.

“We have been very fortunate in hiring,” Howell said.

These four employees work under FBO general manager Nora Cole.

He said the terminal building “was in great shape,” but the maintenance hangar had needed some work to get it ready for use.

Plans are also being made to offer charter flight service by contracting with base customers to have a charter fleet. A flight school will also be established in the next month or two.

“So far, so good, we are glad to be here,” Howell said.

He estimated the company would sell 300,000 gallons of fuel over the next 12 months.

Jetport director of operations Mark Fidler gave a financial update for the Jetport, stating it finished out the 2016 fiscal year “in the black” for the operating budget.

Despite this encouragement, the rest of the report from Fidler held some disappointment.

Having the Jetport designated as an extension of the Chattanooga Customs Port, in order to have international flights land at the jetport, is still in the works.

“Today I am going to Chattanooga to look at the facility that they have over there, and try to see what they have because the document they sent me is about impossible,” Fidler said. “We are moving ahead with it. We just need to know the aspects that they want.”

Fidler said there was an office in the terminal building that they could use initially. There was a spot for building a designated hangar in the future.

“Essentially, the entire cost of this will be borne by us,” Fidler said.

“Or if smart, by the user [through fees],” authority member Lynn DeVault said.

Extension of the runway also hit a small snag. A meeting to discuss the project with state personnel had to be postponed because the person Fidler was supposed to speak with became ill.

Fidler said he was also in discussion with the Federal Aviation Administration about funding for a strobe light for a call tower near the jetport. While this is not a requirement, the airport authority agreed it would be a good safety feature. The solar powered strobe is anticipated to cost $3,200.

The jetport is going to be featured in a video by the Tennessee Aviation Association to highlight the importance of General Aviation airports in the state.

Fidler said the video will probably also be used to emphasize the importance of general aviation airports to the legislature.

Comments

No comments on this story | Please log in to comment by clicking here
Please log in or register to add your comment

X

Print subscribers have FREE access to clevelandbanner.com by registering HERE

Non-subscribers have limited monthly access to local stories, but have options to subscribe to print, web or electronic editions by clicking HERE

We are sorry but you have reached the maximum number of free local stories for this month. If you have a website account here, please click HERE to log in for continued access.

If you are a print subscriber but do not have an account here, click HERE to create a website account to gain unlimited free access.

Non-subscribers may gain access by subscribing to any of our print or electronic subscriptions HERE