TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis 86: Airport Operator Options for Delivery of FBO Services explores the local considerations that go into deciding how fixed base operator (FBO) airports provide fueling, flight continuation services, maintenance, and concierge services. This synthesis also explores the tools that airports use to evaluate which options work best for airports. Broadly speaking, an airport sponsor can deliver FBO services with traditional third-party leases or by engaging a contract manager, or the airport can self-operate the FBO. Decisions about which model is appropriate hinge on an evaluation of an airport’s unique local economic conditions, the details about the area’s general aviation market, and the level of interest private FBOs express about operating at a particular airport.
Table of Contents
|CHAPTER ONE Introduction||5-9|
|CHAPTER TWO Local Considerations for FBO Model Selection||10-21|
|CHAPTER THREE FBO or Contract Manager Procurement Process||22-32|
|CHAPTER FOUR The Fixed Base Operator Lease||33-43|
|CHAPTER FIVE Airport Experiences with Different FBO Models||44-77|
|CHAPTER SIX Conclusions||78-79|
|Abbreviations and Acronyms||80-80|
|Bibliography and References||81-83|
|APPENDIX A Federal and Airport Regulatory Responsibilities for FBOs||84-87|
|APPENDIX B Part 13 and 16 Actions||88-89|
|APPENDIX C Glossary||90-92|
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