Elliot Aviation lands first phase of renovation at Eppley

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Jun. 22--Elliott Aviation, a business aviation firm, held a ribbon cutting Thursday to mark the end of the first phase of a $2.5 million renovation at its operation and maintenance facility at Eppley Airfield.

The company, which is based in Moline, Ill., also is celebrating its 25th year of operation at Eppley, said Sharyl Stein, director of marketing.

The project's first phase renovated 7,000 square feet and added 2,000 square feet to the lobby. As part of the renovation, workers installed a curved, interior glass wall that offers a view from the lounge into the maintenance area.

The glass wall has received "rave reviews" from visitors, Stein said.

"The thinking behind that wall was that a lot of people previously would walk into the facility and not really realize everything that Elliott did," Stein said.

Wynn Elliott, president and chief executive officer, and Mick Harrison, chairman and chief operating officer, attended Thursday's event. Don Smithey, executive director of the Omaha Airport Authority, and Larry Gomez of the Omaha Chamber of Commerce, also attended.

The airport authority paid for the improvements to the building, for which Elliott Aviation has signed a long-term lease.

The second phase, which will expand the maintenance shop by about 2,000 square feet and resurface a hangar floor, will be completed later this year.

The work started in October 2006, Stein said.

Elliott is a 71-year-old full-service business-aviation firm offering corporate aircraft sales and service, charter services, maintenance and hanger facilities.

It has operated at Eppley Airfield since 1982.

The company also announced this week that it has added a Bombardier Learjet 40XR to its growing charter fleet.

Elliott said it is the largest charter operator in the Midwest, operating a fleet of 13 aircraft at four locations.

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