(Neb)-Chadron Gets No Responders To FBO RFP
CHADRON - Chadron's search for a new fixed base operator at the city-owned airport is going to take longer than hoped.
City Manager Greg Yanker told the city council last night that a Request For Proposal from interested firms drew no response. Yanker said that wasn't necessarily all bad because the city could now seek out and negotiate directly with potential operators.
An FBO provides general aviation services for private aircraft based at the airport as well as those that fly-in. Its services include hanger and apron tie-down operations, aircraft maintenance, and fueling.
Chadron's been without one for more than 6 months since A&M Aviation's decade-long run ended with unsuccessful efforts to revise the old contract and with A&M over a year behind in payments to the city for aviation fuel.
Yanker says it's important to the health of the airport to have an FBO because without one, local aircraft owners will take their mentenance business to another community and possibly permanently relocate their planes. It could also lead traveling pilots to skip Chadron.
The Chadron airport operated nearly 2 years without an FBO before A&M came in 2008. During that period, it relied on a fuel truck from the FBO in Alliance to provide fueling services.
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