Eleven Hangars Proposed for Bay Area Airport

The plan was publicly presented for the first time Thursday at the city of Hayward Council Airport Committee meeting.


Reaching to meet the demand for hangar space for private jets, Bud Field Aviation has announced a proposal for 11 new hangars on the south side of Hayward Executive Airport.

The plan was publicly presented for the first time Thursday at the city of Hayward Council Airport Committee meeting.

The proposed hangars would accommodate 80 aircraft and would be built on approximately 14 acres of land that currently houses grass and runways. As the master lease holder, William "Bud" Field is asking for permission to build and lease hangars there, as well as sell aircraft.

The hangars would be located north of West Winton Avenue, across the runway from the existing Bud Field Aviation hangar completed in December 2004, at 22005 Skywest Drive, just west of Hesperian Boulevard.

The Bud Field Aviation hangar, an executive jet storage facility, currently occupies 35,000 square feet filled to capacity with 18 aircraft ranging from the Huey helicopter --

which the U.S. Army flew in Vietnam -- to the DC3, an antique twin engine from 1944 that seats 14 and started theaviation industry, according to Tyler Orsow, hangar manager at Bud Field Aviation.

The new construction would include utilities such as water, wastewater collection, electricity and storm drainage.

The total utility and infrastructure costs are estimated to be $4.6 million.

Ron Peck, attorney for the Hayward Jet Center, asked the committee to hold off on making a decision, since there has not yet been critical analysis from neighbors and businesses.

Two fuel operators serve the airport, and Peck expressed concern that competition from Field's proposed third operator could take business, but Field said the third operator would be devoted to the new development.

The Hayward airport rents 206 city-owned hangars, which are used for aircraft maintenance, repair and sales, new helicopters and flight schools, according to Jenny Donnelley, administrative analyst for the airport.

The airport committee said the hangars could create revenue from taxes on fuel sales, aircraft sales and land rent.

The development of very light jets, known as "VLJs" and touted as "whisper jets," is expected to increase the demand for hangar space.

"They are the quietest by far. If you don't see them, you don't hear them," Field said.

VLJs are fuel-efficient and seat four to eight passengers. The first VLJ in the Bay Area is scheduled to be delivered to the San Carlos airport this weekend.

The Hayward airport, which sits between a residential and industrial area, has received 90 noise complaints so far this year. Donnelly noted that the south side -- proposed for the development -- sits near industries, farther from housing.

The proposed lease is for 40 years at $.214 per square foot per year.

The rent for the 13.87 acres is $10,770 per month or

$129,246 per year. This rate will increase in January 2008, following a market rate appraisal. Field intends to start construction next spring and complete it by mid-2008.

Bud Field Aviation rents space out at $1 per square foot, which is calculated using the length and width of the plane.

The committee plans to further publicly discuss the Bud Field development business plan at its January meeting.



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