Bob Linn checks the oil on one of his airplanes at Clovis Municipal Airport.
Clovis, New Mexico - The city of Clovis will soon be the point of contact for fuel at the Clovis Municipal Airport.
During Thursday’s regular session the Clovis City Commission voted 7-1 to pay Blue Sky Aviation $450,000 in order to sell fuel to pilots at the airport.
“We’ve reached an agreement in principle for the city to take over the fueling operation and purchase a hangar and some other assets at the airport,” City Attorney David Richards said. “We’ve agreed on the major terms and will have to put it into contract form. The city is paying for the hangar, fuel tanks and equipment, with the exception of two trucks.”
Blue Sky Aviation co-owner Ronald Byrd said the business will remain in operation.
“Things started off bad, but everything will be okay,” he said. “We’ll sell the remainder of the fuel we have and then concentrate on our hangar leasing, as well as a few other ventures at the airport we’re considering. We want to make this transition as smooth as possible and feel everything will work out in that manner.”
During his presentation to the commission detailing the preliminary agreement, which Richards anticipates will be finalized no later than Sept. 30, the following was outlined:
• The fueling concession with Blue Sky would terminate, but Blue Sky would be allowed to sell the fuel that is on hand at the airport and would pay the normal fuel fee on the remaining fuel.
• Moby, LLC. would agree to sell the hangar, fuel tanks and other assets to the city for $450,000.
• The FBO (Fixed Base Operation) Unicom frequency would be transferred to the city through the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration).
• The city would enter into a new five-year ground lease with a five-year renewal agreement with Moby, LLC. at the south hangar site, which is commonly referenced as the Hoffmann Hangar on terms consistent with the city’s standard agreement form at the Clovis Municipal Airport.
Commissioner Sandra Taylor-Sawyer cast the lone dissenting vote after Richards made his presentation.