FalconTrust Wants to be Third FBO at Stuart Witham

A Miami firm that offers swank perks for passengers flying in and out of the Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport is scoping out Stuart's Witham Field for a new hub.

FalconTrust Air LLC, a "fixed-base operator" that provides everything from personal movie theaters to billiard tables for its flying customers, is interested in building a 22,000-square-foot facility at Witham, Chief Executive Officer Albert Sotero said.

Like FalconTrust's facility in Miami, the Mediterranean-Revival building would have marble and mahogany detailing and would look "like a Ritz-Carlton inside," Sotero said. But he needs 10 acres at Witham Field for the estimated $10 million project.

Airport Director Mike Moon said he wasn't sure that much land would be available. Sotero sent an inquiry to Moon late last month, but the two still haven't spoken.

"We'll probably be in touch with them," Moon said Friday.

In a letter to Moon, Sotero touted his firm as "a new breed" of fixed-base operator -- a business and general-aviation aircraft terminal that provides an array of services.

FalconTrust offers VIP suites and equips all of its passenger lounges with plasma televisions. There's gourmet catering, a fitness center and full-service bar.

The Martin County-owned airport is now home to two FBOs: Galaxy Aviation Inc. and Stuart Jet Center LLC.

David Smith, general manager for the Stuart operations of West Palm Beach-based Galaxy, didn't see a need for a third.

"Both FBOs on this field are very upscale, very high-end FBOs, so that market niche is already being served now," he said.

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