Monday, May 8, 2017

Jacksonville Municipal Airport (KIJX) hangar plans taking off

Jacksonville Airport Authority members expect to review bids for a new T-hangar as soon as June, with construction expected to begin in the summer.

Eddie Carpenter, secretary for the airport authority, said the hangar will be placed on a concrete pad that was given to the airport and originally intended for such a building. When it was determined the hangar was not in satisfactory condition for the airport’s purposes, the board decided to work toward construction a new one.

The new hangar will cost around $410,000, according to engineering estimates by Hutchison Engineering. Part of the funding will be from a federal grant received annually.

“This is pursuant to federal funding, which would pay 90 percent of [the cost] with a 10 percent match from the airport,” Carpenter said. “It will look quite similar to the other T-hangars out there, particularly the first row of hangars.”

No new or modernized features will be added to the hangar that are not already in the existing facilities at the airport. The hangar will have a capacity for 10 small aircraft with the rental costs still to be determined.

At the airport authority’s April meeting, the board authorized advertising for bids. By June, Carpenter expects the board to begin the opening of bids with anticipated construction beginning in the summer and completion slated for the fall.

Original article can be found here: http://myjournalcourier.com

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