Quest Aviation can go forward with plans to build a new hangar after the Aberdeen Regional Airport Board gave its approval Thursday.
The 80-foot by 80-foot hangar would be able to house larger aircraft than Quest can store at its present facility.
Quest is a fixed based operator at the airport that offers charter aircraft services; performs maintenance on private and corporate aircraft; and rents hangar space to the public.
The hangar would be built in the Quest parking area. Parking for the business would be moved to another location.
While the board approved the concept and location of the hangar, lease agreements would still need to be worked out, said airport manager Mike Wilson.
Part of the lease will address concerns related to Federal Aviation Administration funding restrictions. Quest cannot operate the hangar in an exclusive or near-exclusive way without the potential loss of federal funding for construction projects near the hangar, Wilson said. The lease will stipulate that if the Federal Aviation Administration withholds a portion of funding because of exclusive (nonpublic) operations then Quest would be liable for replacing those funds, not the city of Aberdeen, he said.
Quest intends to offer charter service, storage of aircraft and other services that would benefit the general public, Wilson said. However, the lease should protect the city of Aberdeen in case the Federal Aviation Administration rules otherwise, he said.
The building will need to have firewalls and a sprinkler system for fire protection, Wilson said.
Also Thursday, the airport board decided to solicit proposals for painting murals on one or two walls in the passenger waiting area of the airport.
The murals will likely feature images of historic aircraft and/or scenes of Aberdeen past or present. Other images might be considered, but those were the preferences voiced by the board at its Thursday meeting.
Northern State University has been contacted and has expressed interest in involving its art department, Wilson said. The Aberdeen Arts Council will also be invited to give input, he said.
The passenger waiting area has one wall about 5 feet tall and 60 feet long that is above windows. A mural on that wall would be out of reach of passengers and would not be touched. The other wall under consideration is the east wall of the waiting area. A painting on that floor-to-ceiling wall might need a protective covering, Wilson said.
Final decisions on the murals will depend on costs and designs, he said. The process for artist selection or a timeline for the mural completion was not discussed by the board.
In other business:
·Wilson said that the wetlands project will be pushed until next year. Consultants were not able to assess the wetland vegetation near the airport because of the late spring. Also there are many costs yet to be determined. There are discussion concerning how quickly the water needs to be pumped out which affects the size of pipe needed and the cost, he said.
·The board renewed the leases for hangar 18 occupied by Quest Aviation and for hangar 56 and 20, occupied by Morgan Beving.
·Wilson introduced Rich Krokel the new maintenance manager at the airport.