As it leads the way in meeting the needs of the general aviation community, Sheltair, one of nation’s premier aviation FBO and Real Estate service companies, continues to expand and invest in state-of-the-art hangar facilities at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) that serves Florida’s Tampa Bay area.
With the vision to recognize new opportunities to support emerging jet business operations, Sheltair acquired the PIE assets of AvAero Services, LLC with two hangars, a 20,000 gallon fuel farm, extensive ramp space and over 20 acres of prime airport land. Sheltair invested some $8 million to significantly expand its hangar capacity at PIE in 2009 and over the next year will see additional millions invested in the newly acquired facilities.
Two new hangars consisting of over 100,000 sq. ft. of space capable of accommodating the large cabin class aircraft are coming on line as is over 30,000 square feet of office, shops and warehouse space, all capable of being subdivided to fit out the specific entities space requirements. Sheltair is also planning additional hangar development and expansion on the additional 20 acres.
“Sheltair is proud of its excellent relationship with Pinellas County and the airport. We remain bullish on the long term general aviation growth at St. Pete-Clearwater as we believe that economic development will continue to advance in the region,” stated Sheltair chairman and CEO, Jerry Holland.
St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport Director Tom Jewsbury said, “With over 70% of our operations from general and corporate aviation, Sheltair is an important part of PIE. Sheltair’s growth of its facilities and operations is excellent news for our local economy.”
Todd Anderson, Sheltair Senior Vice President for Real Estate and Development, explained, “This acquisition and subsequent infrastructure investments provide Sheltair with an excellent long-term strategic real estate and development opportunity that reflects our confidence in airport management and the strength of the local economy.”
The expansion will allow Sheltair to not only offer new hangar and office space at PIE, but offer additional support that satisfies its base and transient hangar and aircraft parking needs.
Sheltair, a privately-owned aviation development company, operates 17 premier FBOs and manages over 3.5 million square feet of aviation related properties throughout Florida, Georgia and New York. Sheltair services include fueling, ground handling, hangar and office leasing and turn-key design/build of aviation properties. For more information visit us at www.sheltairaviation.com
About St. Pete–Clearwater International Airport
PIE serves the Tampa Bay area creating an annual economic impact of over $758 million. In the last decade alone the airport completed some $104 million in capital projects. In 2016, they will have expected to see a record 1.8 million passengers use the airport.
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Sheltair's Daytona International Airport FBO prepares to welcome NASCAR fans
A welcome sign of winter: the checkered flag
If there is one good thing to say about winter, it's the return of NASCAR action at Daytona Speedway in Florida, which is why Sheltair's FBO facility at Daytona International Airport (DAB) is preparing to welcome a grateful audience that seeks the roar of horsepower and the smell of competition tires on asphalt.
Come January 28th and 29th, NASCAR is offering fans the first of the season's competitions: the grueling "Rolex 24" endurance race which is described as "a sunrise to sunset marathon that is merciless on both driver and machine as sleep-starved crews perform mechanical miracles."
In anticipation of the endurance race, auto race fans from across the country have already begun to book their charter flights so that they may taxi in to Sheltair's DAB ramp and quickly walk or take a shuttle to the Daytona International Speedway.
Frank Seymour, Sheltair's Senior Vice President, stated, "Our guests are always pleased to find themselves so close to the speedway and only a short drive away from everything Daytona Beach has to offer. Flight crews give us high marks for our support amenities such as a flight planning and weather rooms, conference rooms, WIFI and complimentary refreshments and, equally important, our ability to service flights during a high traffic event."
Seymour says the speedway is so close they can hear the sound of high performance race cars from their Sheltair offices at the airport. "There is no mistaking the sound of America's premier endurance race. Just hearing those engines gets your adrenalin going, but it's our job to make sure our passengers arrive safely and in style. "
Sheltair, a privately-owned aviation development company, operates 17 premier FBOs and manages over three million square feet of aviation related properties throughout Florida, Georgia and New York. Sheltair services include fueling, ground handling, hangar and office leasing and turn-key design/build of aviation properties. For more information visit us at www.sheltairaviation.com