Florida FBO Sheltair has recently completed construction on a terminal at Orlando Executive airport. The four-storey building sits alongside two new hangars with available office space, totaling 22,600 sq ft. Sheltair will host a grand opening on 11 June.
The facility offers ground support, concierge services, complimentary interior cabin cleaning, catering, crew cars, passenger shuttle services, complimentary refreshments, wireless internet, a spacious conference room, a flight planning and weather room and pilots lounge.
Orlando Executive is the preferred airport for many traveling to Orlando's downtown businesses, sports, performing arts and entertainment venues as well as Winter Park and the University of Central Florida and its research and business parks.
The company has also rolled out a 144,000 sq ft, $55 million-dollar FBO hangar complex at Republic airport in Farmingdale, New York, just minutes from downtown Manhattan via helicopter. The facility offers tenants 31,000 sq ft of floor space, 4,000 sq ft of office space, 28-foot door heights, generous ramp space and dedicated vehicle parking. On what was once part of an historic defence complex, the entrance to the Sheltair complex is both exclusive and secure.
Sheltair's decision to make the multi-million-dollar investment was influenced by industry demand, and reflects its location and government support. Republic airport sits under the New York metropolitan area's economic umbrella and allows general aviation aircraft uncongested access to one of the most important business markets in the world. Also, New York governor Andrew Cuomo has long appreciated the importance of general aviation and successfully advocated on behalf of a series of pro-business, pro-aviation initiatives.
Sheltair senior vice president for real estate and development Todd Anderson says: “A tremendous amount of time and effort has been invested in the design and construction of these facilities. For example, unlike most hangars, thermal pane windows just beneath the roof line allow natural light to flood the space. While the facility is obviously heated, so too are the hangar door tracks to ensure winter ice and snow can't impede operations. Energy efficient features are found throughout the design and the administrative spaces are capable of being configured to meet the unique needs of each tenant.”
Chief operating officer Warren Kroeppel adds: “These first three of what will be six hangars reflect decades of experience in what works when ensuring the most efficient use of space for tenants. However, what can't be put in a blueprint is the level of service offered by each and every Sheltair Aviation employee. You can put all types of amenities into a building but it still comes down to an individual commitment to excellence.”
While space is still available in the new complex, two-thirds of the hangars have already been fully leased. One of the first residents is Zenflight, which operates a private club of corporate aircraft based around the country. President Malte Lorenz says: “We have long recognised Republic airport's location is important for many of our clients, so when Sheltair completed these 21st century hangars we wanted to be first in line to secure space. However, in addition to modern aviation hangars, their design was so attractive it compelled us to locate our administrative office at this location, maximising efficiencies and allowing us to keep jobs on Long Island.”