Saturday, April 21, 2018

Chico Airport (KCIC) Commission revisits airport property leases

Chico >> After a special meeting in March, the Chico Airport Commission is looking for an update over the unpopular process of reversion — that is, the city taking over improvements from tenants after a lease is up.

During the March meeting, which included a presentation by an aviation consultant in support of reversion clauses, the Airport Commission asked for updated lease language for existing properties, new properties, lease rates and fees, according to the agenda, “for clarity and compliance.”

The meeting will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the City Council Chambers, 421 Main St.

Part of the discussion will be on existing leases “with a recommendation for a long-term plan regarding improvements and that address hangar owner concerns.” 

A number of pilots and hangar tenants said they had made improvements to their leased properties, based on the concept that the city would not end the leases and inherit the improvements.

The city has been interpreting Federal Aviation Administration guidelines to mean that long-term leases were against federal goals, and that the airports needed to be self-sufficient.

Added to the April agenda was a letter from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association that “AOPA wants to advise the city that the FAA does not require airport sponsors to take possession of any private property improvements, such as hangars, at the expiration of a lease.”

The letter noted that several airport tenants had contacted the association about the issue.

In addition, there will be an update on re-establishing commercial air service; paid parking at the terminal, should Chico regain service; and renaming the airport a regional airport.

Original article can be found here ➤

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