Aero Center will be opening a new $10 million FBO facility at Spokane International Airport
While the Aero Centers Spokane facility is hoping to attract private airplane owners and private business back to the big airport, the history behind what’s called a “fixed-base operation” facility has its roots in the birth of aviation when barnstorming pilots used World War I surplus aircraft to travel around the country, said Larry Krauter, Spokane International Airport CEO.
Michael Scheeringa, co-founder and co-CEO of Windermere, Florida-based Aero Centers, said he and his partner, Sanjay Aggarwal, hope to continue provide a path for aviators to return to the amenities afforded by the large, regional airport.
Working with Lydig Construction, of Spokane Valley, and Coffman Engineers, of Spokane, crews are building 27,000 square feet of hangar space along with another 6,000 square feet of office space at the location at 8135 W. Pilot Drive.
“When we had the idea of coming to Spokane, it was because it was a high-growth area with new economy coming in,” Scheeringa said.