Tuesday, January 14, 2014

North Big Horn County Airport (U68), Wyoming: Powell Business Relocates to Big Horn County

A Powell business is making the move to Big Horn County.

At last week's County Commissioner's meeting, Big Horn County Commissioners accepted the bid from Orville Moore to move his flight business into a hangar at the North Big Horn County Airport just outside of Cowley.

Moore has operated Moore Quality Flying out of the Powell airport for ten years.

“I came to Powell as airport manager. That was in 2004. I quit being the manager two, two and a half years ago. The only thing I miss about being manager is I had a 60 by 60 shop that belonged to the City of Powell that I could do my maintenance work in.”

Since resigning as Powell's airport manager, Moore moved his operation into a little one-airplane hangar that proved too small for his flight school, crop spraying and airplane repair service. Options at the Powell airport have been limited. Moore soon found himself dividing-up his operation between three separate hangars.

“There are two hangars that are for sale – they're larger – in Powell. They're brand-spanking-new and they're really expensive, so they're beyond what I could afford to my maintenance in.”

Moore began exploring his options and that's when he found the hangar at the North Big Horn County Airport.

The seventy five by seventy five square foot hangar is plenty of room for Moore's flight operation.

Currently, Moore is teaching four students four students to fly, during the growing season he spray crops for growers from Meeteetse and Cody, to Powell and Lovell, on down to Worland and Thermopolis. He also brings-in pilots from around the Basin but also from Sheridan and Montana.

The Big Horn County Commissioners granted Moore the ground lease on the airport hangar. His bid came-in nearly 20 thousand dollars higher than the second bidder.

Moore has been given a twenty year ground lease with an option of another twenty year lease after that. His son works with him now. Moore says the option for another twenty years means his son will be busy on into retirement.

Overall, Moore is positive about the move.

“I'm just really tickled with it. I really think it's going to work-out really well, not only for me but for Big Horn County and the Cowley Airport.

Source:   http://www.mybighornbasin.com

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