Thursday, October 31, 2013

Courtesy Car: Retired Dodge Charger Police Squad Car at Milaca Municipal Airport (18Y), Minnesota

The Milaca Airport now has a new service it can boast to its pilots and potential users. Thanks to some collaboration, the municipal airport can offer land-based transportation as well as one of the nicest grass landing strips in the state. 

The city of Milaca has donated the retired Dodge Charger police squad car to be used as a Milaca Airport Courtesy Car.

Local pilots and volunteers cleaned and serviced the car and helped develop a use policy. The car is provided on a first-come basis for use by pilots to travel locally to the city of Milaca for business or other authorized business.

“This is another asset we can use to attract people to the airport and to Milaca,” City Council Member and airport commission chair Ken Muller said at a recent meeting.

City Manager Greg Lerud said Milaca typically puts retired squad cars up for public sale.

The airport courtesy car remains the property of the city and will be maintained by the Milaca airport manager, Steve Burklund, or another authorized representative.

At times, corporate executives, real estate agents, attorneys and others fly to Milaca for various business reasons and could use a lift to their nearby destinations. Muller said a corporate executive from the new Dollar General store called to inquire if Milaca had a courtesy car available so he could visit their new store.

Now, the city and the airport tell those travelers that they do offer courtesy car service, which may increase interest in using the local facility.

To further boost the attractiveness of the Milaca Airport, the commission is also looking for a fixed-base operator to service general aviation. A fixed-base operator, or FBO, is a commercial business granted the right by an airport to operate on the airport and provide aeronautical services such as fueling, hangaring, tie-down and parking, aircraft rental, aircraft maintenance or flight instruction. In common practice, an FBO is a primary provider of support services to general aviation operators at a public-use airport.

For more information about this opportunity, contact Burklund at 320-492-8246. 

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