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Aviation company building hangar at Ford airport

March 1, 2019
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Avflight Ford airport hangar partial rendering
Courtesy Ford airport

An aviation support services company is leasing space as a fixed-base operator at Gerald R. Ford International Airport and creating 30 jobs.

Ann Arbor-based Avflight is investing $6 million to $7 million and building a hangar of at least 30,000 square feet on five acres of shovel-ready land.

The company is leasing a portion of Site 4 on the airport’s east side, with convenient access to the terminal and taxiways and runways, the airport said.

The company said the facility will include several elements: a pilot lounge, modern lobby, conference room, kitchenette, maintenance area, catering kitchen and office space.

Construction will begin later this year.

Services the company will offer include fuel sales, hangar storage, aircraft ground handling services, de-icing, concierge services and all matters related to general and business aviation.

 “We consider the new FBO at Site 4 a highest and best-use development” said Brian Picardat, president and CEO, Ford airport. “The new FBO will anchor and stimulate additional aeronautical and non-aeronautical real estate development at the site.”

Ford airport has about 900 acres of land available for lease divided into 16 sites of varying sizes. Companies may lease entire parcels or portions of parcels, according to Alex Peric, VP and COO, Ford airport.

The airport is open to leasing to companies in a variety of industries, including hospitality, business park, industrial, office, distribution and research and development.

Avflight

Avflight has operations at 21 other airports across North America and Europe, six of which are in Michigan. This is the first site in West Michigan.

Its sister company, Ann-Arbor based Avfuel, has more than 650 branded FBO locations worldwide.

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