One year ago the Dubois County Airport Authority board was preparing to take over the Fixed Base Operator services at the airport after Dubois County Flight Services announced they would no longer be offering those services as of March 2013.
With the uncertainty of what financial resources would be required to take on the monumental task, the Airport Board added money into their budget to cover the expenses.
Now, after working as FBO for about six months, another scenario has emerged: Demand is growing for both fuel and storage rental fees.
Airport Manager Travis McQueen told the board at their meeting Monday night that their hangars are full and they are getting requests for additional storage.
McQueen acknowledges the problem that it creates:
He said it’s a welcome challenge to have to work through.
Meanwhile, the sale of aircraft fuel is also going well:
The Airport Board is in the middle of setting a tiered structure for fuel prices that will give existing customers reasons to keep buying and help attract new aircraft and customers to the airport.
The Dubois County Airport Authority met at the Huntingburg Airport for their monthly meeting Monday night and heard an update from Luke Reynolds, sitting in for Chris Snyder, with Woolpert Engineering.
Reynolds reports that the Runway 9 environmental study and permitting process is moving along to take care of the trees that are obstructing pilots’ vision during night landings from the west.
The FAA has shut off night landings from the west approach until the problem is taken care of.
Reynolds said that Woolpert Engineering is recommending that the board consider mitigation plan by adding trees to a one-acre area that would not affect the landings. This would be a good faith effort on the part of the board to replace the trees that will be removed, but it’s not a mandatory requirement.
Reynolds also reported to the board that the Environmental Assessment for the runway extension has been submitted to the FAA for their review, but it is a difficult time to obtain reviews due to the partial government shutdown.
He is hoping to get that review and then hold a public hearing on the runway extension by the end of November.
Airport Manager Travis McQueen told the board that Kimball International wants to bring a high-speed fiber network into their hangar. There is a line nearby and could serve Kimball and other tenants of the airport as well as the FBO operations. McQueen said he would ask the other tenants if they too would be interested in the option.
Finally, the board passed the 2014 Salary Ordinance. The ordinance sets the pay for employees of the Airport Authority for the next year. The board passed the ordinance unanimously.