“After going through that, we quickly determined that we needed to fund the FBO terminal building and go back out with a new RFP. We received a grant from the State of Georgia for $3 million to build the terminal building. This RFP process was much more successful than the first.
“The investment we’ve made in the terminal makes it much easier for a private company to come in and start up. They can stick their capital in hangars, which are revenue generators.”
Regarding FBO services, Swafford says the county seeks a full-service operator, but is open to the FBO subbing out various services such as flight training and maintenance. “The two biggest things we are focused on with the FBO are, number one, services; they can’t just come and sell gas. That doesn’t do me any good; I can sell gas on my own. I need them to provide flight training; charter service; aircraft lease; maintenance; a good selection of services. And the second thing is I need them to build some larger hangars. There are plenty of folks willing to build T-hangars; but I need some big box hangars. That’s what their investment will be.”
Regarding overall interest, he says, “We’ve had dozens and dozens of phone calls. The economic environment right now has a lot of people frozen. It’s not that the interest isn’t there; it’s that the economic uncertainty has gotten some people afraid to take that step.”
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