“Three generations of my family, along with the support of a tremendously talented team, have built this company over the past 64 years. I am so proud to put the Bohlke International Aviation name on this new, modern facility on St Croix,” says company president William 'Billy' Bohlke.
Guests at the 4,200 sq ft FBO building will be greeted in a contemporary passenger lobby with relaxing, island-inspired accents. A pilot and crew suite offers comfortable lounge seating with a television, shower facilities and a separate room with three flight planning stations. For business-on-the-go, a conference room with seating for eight and modern technology is available. A modern kitchen complete with coffee and refreshments, ample seating and appliances give guests space for a quick snack, a meal or catering prep.
The new facility proves just as welcoming for aircraft as it is for pilots and passengers. The 20,000 sq ft hangar with a 90 ft door can accommodate a variety of large cabin corporate jets. A 115,000 sq ft ramp offers plenty of parking while a 24/7 surveillance system ensures security around the clock. The St Croix airport runway is 10,000 ft long. For a little fun, the hangar also has a unique photo opportunity with the Bohlke wing so guests can commemorate their visit.
The Bohlke team kept sustainability at the top of their minds when designing its FBO, including LED lighting and a water-capturing system for the building and hangar. Bohlke also plans to install a solar system that will supply approximately 70 per cent of the FBO's power. A local garden with bananas, coconuts and other tropical fruits borders the parking lot.
Bohlke developed plans for its new St Croix FBO facility after sustaining severe damage to the previous facility during Hurricane Maria in 2017. Amid the destruction, the company provided vital FBO and charter services for immediate relief efforts. Since then, the FBO has continued to provide services out of a temporary facility.
“A lot of planning went in to making our new facility hurricane proof,” says Bohlke. “You don't truly appreciate how important your place of business is until it's gone. Our hardworking team and loyal customers deserve this new space, and we hope it's here for a very long time.”
Bohlke International Aviation is open daily from 7.00 am to 7.00 pm with 24 hour on-call service. With a focus on safety, efficiency and cost-effective aircraft handling, Bohlke's highly trained line team offers a complete suite of services, including: competitive rates on Jet A and Avgas; catering; ground power units (GPU); lavatory services; quick turns; freight handling; customs pre-clearance; passenger handling; aircraft detailing; concierge services; and rental cars and crew cars.
As an Avfuel-branded FBO, Bohlke International Airways offers AVTRIP rewards and Avfuel Contract Fuel.