Sunday, June 25, 2017

Public to get chance to weigh in on Danville Regional Airport (KDAN) operator

Members of the public have an opportunity to speak out on who will provide fixed-base operations at Danville Regional Airport.

Danville City Council formed a special committee in the spring to review proposals from Averett University and General Aviation to operate the airport.

The committee will make a recommendation to City Council whether to choose Averett or General Aviation. The decision will be up to council.

During a meeting with the Danville Regional Airport Commission last week, the committee decided to hold a meeting this week to allow the public to provide comment.

The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Danville Regional Airport in the East Conference Room.

The city owns the airport, but has a contract with General Aviation for operator services such as fuel sales, aircraft maintenance, flight instruction and other services. The current lease, which includes an option for a one-year renewal, expires June 30.

General Aviation has been the airport’s fixed-base operator since 1948.

Lease negotiations between General Aviation and the airport commission took place between April and October 2016 but failed to reach an agreement. After they couldn’t reach an agreement, the commission sent out a Request for Proposals, which is a legal notice to solicit bids for entities to provide fixed-based operations at the airport.

General Aviation and Averett University both responded by the March 10 deadline and after reviewing the proposals, the eight-member airport commission voted on April 10 to recommend Averett to City Council.

City Council formed a special committee to review the proposals from Averett and General Aviation.

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