Jackson Jet Center In Boise Expands

Jackson Jet Center is expanding its hangar space to accommodate larger jets and adding office space, a conference room and a workout facility for visitors.

The privately owned executive jet terminal is adding about 25,000 square feet of new space and remodeling about 8,000 square feet at its buildings on about an acre of airport-owned property in east Boise, said Pete Rockwell, the architect for the project.

Airplane owners had been telling terminal managers they wanted more storage space for larger jets. When it’s finished, the new hangar will be able to accommodate a Gulfstream 650, the largest craft manufactured by the popular jet maker, said Mark Zacher, the manager of the jet center. The Gulfstream 650 can fly from Idaho to London. Zacher said movie stars and people in the music industry often land their jets in Boise, sometimes on a stopover from Sun Valley.

“Folks with those type of planes, they don’t like to leave them outside, not only in the winter but even in the summer,” said Tony Stone, president of Jackson Oil.

To accommodate the expansion, the airport is building a few extra miles of water line for fire suppression, said Rockwell, of Glancey, Rockwell & Associates in Boise.

The construction will cost about $2.8 million. When it’s finished, the jet center will have 92,000 square feet of hangar space, Zacher said.

“When we had all of our existing tenants back at the same time, we did not have room. We were bursting at the seams,” he said.

The new hangar has a $250,000 door that is 28 feet high and 160 feet wide, Stone said. The building is expected to be ready for occupancy Oct. 1.

Jackson Jet Center is part of privately held Jackson Oil, the Meridian-based company that owns more than 200 convenience stores in five western states. Jackson Oil had long supplied fuel to aircraft at the Boise Airport, said President Tony Stone. The company purchased and combined the former Boise Air Service and Boise Executive Terminal about five years ago, Stone said. Jackson Jet Center employs about 40 people.

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