The agreement allows Southern Sky Aviation to take over the FBO business and its facilities immediately, including a 4,300-square-foot FBO terminal and more than 20,000 square feet of hangar space.
The airport is closed until October for a runway resurfacing project that will take the runway to a 275,000-pound dual-wheel gear surface. During this time, the company will make improvements to the existing terminal building and some hangars. Southern Sky Aviation also will install a 20,000 gallon Jet-A tank.
Even though the airport is closed, aircraft requesting permission can land at KPQL, according to company officials.
The FBO will be led by Darryl Brewer, president FBO division, and Tim Thomas, vice president FBO operations. Brewer brings 25 years of management experience to KPQL field as the former general manager of Atlantic Aviation, JetSouth and Mercury at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (KBHM) in Alabama. Thomas brings more than 20 years of experience to Southern Sky Aviation’s FBO division, including positions with Atlantic Aviation, Hawthorne, Landmark, and Signature.
The KPQL FBO will offer jet fuel and avgas during operating hours, self-serve avgas and callouts for jet fuel at other times, ground power units, aircraft maintenance, AOG mobile maintenance, oxygen and nitrogen service, lavatory service, a crew car, secured vehicle parking, aircraft towing and tie-down, Wi-Fi, concierge services, weather and flight planning, a conference room, and a pilot lounge and snooze room.