Monday, June 23, 2014

Aviation company looks to expand at Peter Prince Field Airport (2R4)

 MILTON — One of the fixed-base operators at the Peter Prince Airport has requested an amendment to their lease with Santa Rosa County to give them additional land for an expansion.

Peter Prince Aviation Center has requested six additional acres be added to its lease at the Peter Prince Airport. Santa Rosa County Commissioners discussed the lease amendment Monday morning and is expected to vote on the change at Thursday’s meeting.

“Things have really taken off at our airport,” said Commissioner Bob Cole. “I’d like to see this move forward.”

Peter Prince Aviation Center, which opened in 2012, offers aircraft maintenance, flight instruction, aircraft rentals and aviation fuel.

Archie Collum, senior partner for Peter Prince Aviation Center, sent a letter to the county requesting the additional land.

In the letter, Collum states that more than 60 percent of the Peter Prince Aviation Center’s leased area can now not be development on because of new state and local development requirements.

Collum wrote that the aviation center operates more than 20 aircraft between their Peter Prince operation and their Alabama location. Their future projections estimate they will need 30 to 40 aircraft for flight training and rental in the next 18 to 24 months.

Additional space will be needed for the flight school’s classrooms and managerial offices.

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