By John F. Infanger, Editorial Director
SERVICES - ORLANDO
Rocking chairs and a wrap-around porch maintain the flavor of Southern charm, but everything else says new at the $1.8 million fixed base operation opened by Bob and Kim Showalter this past fall. The 11,000-sq.ft. terminal also features a V-shape design that resembles a flying-wing bomber from the air.
Showalter is a Phillips 66 Aviation Performance Center that has 32 employees. The FBO, into year four of a 25-year lease, has a 50-acre leasehold that includes 50 individual T-hangars and 15 additional hangars ranging from 4,000 to 10,000 sq.ft. - housing some 180 tenant aircraft. Plans call for construction of a 10,000-sq.ft. and 15,000-sq.ft. hangar.
According to the company, some 80-85 percent of annual fuel revenues ($5-6 million) come from transients to the vacation destination city. The Showalter FBO also is now a Southeast sales representative for the German manufactured Extra aircraft.
RANGER AVIATION - KISSIMMEE MUNICIPAL AIRPORT
Ranger Aviation, Inc., operator of the Ranger Jet Center at Kissimmee, is preparing to break ground on a 166,000-sq.ft. hangar/office complex. The $10 million project will also feature up to ten hangars, 13,500-sq. ft. each. Ranger is an AirBP dealer that currently operates its FBO in a 24,000-sq.ft. office/ hangar facility.
Charles "Kip" Bonar and T.R. "Tony" Capps are co-founders of the FBO. They are also owners of Ranger Building Services, Inc., a construction management and general contracting firm that has also undertaken the new FBO complex.
Kissimmee Municipal markets itself as the closest airport to OrlandoÕs convention center and theme parks.
EPIC is an aviation fuel supplier with primary operations throughout the US and Canada with over 300 FBO locations. EPIC’s supply network utilizes major refineries, pipelines, railcars and terminals...