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2018 A IRPORT COOPERAT IVE RESEARCH PROGRAM ACRP SYNTHESIS 86 SubScriber category Aviation Airport Operator Options for Delivery of FBO Services A Synthesis of Airport Practice conSultantS Lois S. Kramer KRAMER aerotek inc. Boulder, CO John P. Daniel BEGGS & LANE Pensacola, FL Mike Moore KRAMER aerotek inc. Boulder, CO Michael Moroney Michael G. Moroney & Associates Danville, CA Gary Shafer Southern Illinois Airport Carbondale, IL
AIRPORT COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAM Airports are vital national resources. They serve a key role in trans- portation of people and goods and in regional, national, and interna- tional commerce. They are where the nationâs aviation system connects with other modes of transportation and where federal responsibility for managing and regulating air traffic operations intersects with the role of state and local governments that own and operate most air- ports. Research is necessary to solve common operating problems, to adapt appropriate new technologies from other industries, and to introduce innovations into the airport industry. The Airport Coopera- tive Research Program (ACRP) serves as one of the principal means by which the airport industry can develop innovative near-term solutions to meet demands placed on it. The need for ACRP was identified in TRB Special Report 272: Air- port Research Needs: Cooperative Solutions in 2003, based on a study sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). ACRP carries out applied research on problems that are shared by airport operating agencies and not being adequately addressed by existing federal research programs. ACRP is modeled after the suc- cessful National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) and Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP). ACRP undertakes research and other technical activities in various airport subject areas, including design, construction, legal, maintenance, operations, safety, policy, planning, human resources, and administration. ACRP provides a forum where airport operators can cooperatively address common operational problems. ACRP was authorized in December 2003 as part of the Vision 100âCentury of Aviation Reauthorization Act. 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ACRP benefits from the cooperation and participation of air- port professionals, air carriers, shippers, state and local government officials, equipment and service suppliers, other airport users, and research organizations. Each of these participants has different inter- ests and responsibilities, and each is an integral part of this cooperative research effort. Research problem statements for ACRP are solicited periodically but may be submitted to TRB by anyone at any time. It is the respon- sibility of the AOC to formulate the research program by identi- fying the highest priority projects and defining funding levels and expected products. Once selected, each ACRP project is assigned to an expert panel appointed by TRB. Panels include experienced practitioners and research specialists; heavy emphasis is placed on including airport professionals, the intended users of the research products. 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TOPIC PANEL S01-15 CURT G. CASTAGNA, Aeroplex/Aerolease Group, Long Beach, CA BRETT FAY, Hillsborough County Aviation Authority, Tampa, FL VIVEK KHANNA, KSA Engineers, Inc., McKinney, TX RICHARD LANMAN, AuburnâLewiston Airport, Auburn, ME MARY MILLER, Signature Flight Support, Washington, D.C. GARY E. SCHMIDT, MinneapolisâSt. Paul Metropolitan Airports Commission, Minneapolis, MN BILL DEERE, National Air Transportation Association, Washington, D.C. PAUL J. EUBANKS, Airports Council InternationalâNorth America, Washington, D.C. ALEX GERTSEN, National Business Aviation Association, Washington, D.C. THOMAS VICK, FAA Liaison CHRISTINE GERENCHER, TRB Liaison COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAMS STAFF CHRISTOPHER J. HEDGES, Director, Cooperative Research Programs LORI L. SUNDSTROM, Deputy Director, Cooperative Research Programs MICHAEL R. SALAMONE, Manager, Airport Cooperative Research Program GAIL R. STABA, Senior Program Officer BRITTANY SUMMERLIN-AZEEZ, Program Associate DEMISHA WILLIAMS, Senior Program Assistant EILEEN P. DELANEY, Director of Publications ACRP COMMITTEE FOR PROJECT 11-03 CHAIR JOSHUA D. ABRAMSON, Easterwood Airport, College Station, TX MEMBERS DEBBIE K. ALKE, Montana Department of Transportation, Helena, MT GLORIA G. BENDER, TransSolutions, Fort Worth, TX DAVID A. BYERS, Quadrex Aviation, LLC, Melbourne, FL DAVID N. EDWARDS, Jr., GreenvilleâSpartanburg Airport District, Greer, SC BRENDA L. ENOS, Massachusetts Port Authority, East Boston, MA LINDA HOWARD, Independent Aviation Consultant, Bastrop, TX PATRICK W. MAGNOTTA, FAA Liaison ADAM WILLIAMS, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association MATTHEW J. GRIFFIN, Airports Consultants Council LIYING GU, Airports Council InternationalâNorth America Cover figure: Global Express approaching Boeing Field/King County International Airport. Photograph, taken and provided by Timothy Burke, copyright 2017.
CASE STUDY ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Appleton International Airport, Abe Weber, Airport Manager Avflight Corporation, Carl Muhs, CEO Boeing Field/King County International Airport, Randall Berg, A.A.E., Airport Director and Mark Witsoe, A.A.E., Marketing and Business Manager Capital Region International Airport, Jonathon Vrabel, Senior V.P. and COO, and Carl Muhs, Avflight CEO Coleman A. Young Airport, Jason Watt, Airport Manager, and Carl Muhs, Avflight, CEO D.C. Metro Aviation Services, Sandy Poe, Owner and General Manager, and Keith Miller, Airport Manager, Montgomery County Revenue Authority Fort Wayne International Airport, Scott Hinderman, Executive Director of Airports MBS International Airport, Jeff Nagel, Airport Manager, and Carl Muhs, Avflight CEO Signature Flight Support, Mary Miller, V.P., Industry and Government Affairs Southern Illinois Airport, Gary Shafer, Airport Manager Tampa International Airport, Randy Forister, Commercial Real Estate Director, and Brett Fay, Senior Manager of General Aviation Van Nuys Airport, Jess Romo, Director, Long Beach Airport Washington Dulles International Airport, Christopher U. Browne, A.A.E., Airport Manager
Airport administrators, engineers, and researchers often face problems for which infor- mation already exists, either in documented form or as undocumented experience and prac- tice. This information may be fragmented, scattered, and unevaluated. As a consequence, full knowledge of what has been learned about a problem may not be brought to bear on its solution. Costly research findings may go unused, valuable experience may be overlooked, and due consideration may not be given to recommended practices for solving or alleviating the problem. There is information on nearly every subject of concern to the airport industry. Much of it derives from research or from the work of practitioners faced with problems in their day-to- day work. To provide a systematic means for assembling and evaluating such useful infor- mation and to make it available to the entire airport community, the Airport Cooperative Research Program authorized the Transportation Research Board to undertake a continuing project. This project, ACRP Project 11-03, âSynthesis of Information Related to Airport Practices,â searches out and synthesizes useful knowledge from all available sources and prepares concise, documented reports on specific topics. Reports from this endeavor consti- tute an ACRP report series, Synthesis of Airport Practice. This synthesis series reports on current knowledge and practice, in a compact format, without the detailed directions usually found in handbooks or design manuals. Each report in the series provides a compendium of the best knowledge available on those measures found to be the most successful in resolving specific problems. In the 1980s, an estimated 10,000 fixed base operator (FBO) locations served general aviation aircraft across the country. In 2016, the number of FBOs operating in the United States was approximately 3,500; 47% of these locations were owned and operated by airport sponsors. These changes, while dramatic, reflect a nimble and solution-driven industry. An airport sponsor can deliver FBO services with traditional third-party leases or the engage- ment of a contract manager, or the airport can self-operate the FBO. Decisions about which model is appropriate are based on an evaluation of an airportâs unique local economic con- ditions, the particulars of the general aviation market in the area, and the level of interest expressed by private FBOs to operate at a particular airport. This synthesis presents a discussion of the local considerations that go into deciding how airport operators provide fueling, flight continuation services, maintenance, and concierge services and, if a traditional lease approach is selected, how to proceed with procurement pro- cesses that include key real estate leasing and development provisions in lease agreements. Information used in this synthesis was acquired through a review of the literature and from case studies of 10 airports that have recently changed FBO providers. Principal Investigator Lois S. Kramer, KRAMER aerotek inc., Boulder, Colorado, with the assistance of John P. Daniel, Mike Moore, Michael Moroney, and Gary Shafer, collected and synthesized the information and wrote the report. The members of the topic panel are acknowledged on page iv. This synthesis is an immediately useful document that records the practices that were acceptable within the limitations of the knowledge available at the time of its preparation. As progress in research and practice continues, new knowledge will be added to that now at hand. FOREWORD PREFACE By Gail R. Staba, Senior Program Officer, Transportation Research Board
1 SUMMARY 5 CHAPTER ONE INTRODUCTION FBO Demographics, 5 FBO Transition Points, 7 Research Approach and Report Organization, 8 Other Transportation Research Board Resources, 8 10 CHAPTER TWO LOCAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR FBO MODEL SELECTION Choices for Delivery of FBO Services, 10 Evaluating FBO Options, 12 Selection of the FBO Business Model, 18 Conclusions, 21 22 CHAPTER THREE FBO OR CONTRACT MANAGER PROCUREMENT PROCESS Checklist for FBO or Contract Manager Selection, 22 Planning for the RFI, RFP, and Solicitation, 23 Requests for Information (RFIs), 26 Procurement Preparations, 27 Solicitation, Selection, and Approval, 30 Wrap-Up, 32 33 CHAPTER FOUR THE FIXED BASE OPERATOR LEASE FBO Leased Premises, 33 FBO Lease Term, 34 Use of Leased Premises, 34 Competitive Fuel Pricing Standard, 35 Removal of Disabled Aircraft, 35 Nonexclusive Rights and Privileges, 35 FBO Maintenance and Cost Responsibilities, 35 Facilities Refreshment, 36 Ground Rent, 36 Building Rents, 37 Fees, 37 Liquidated Damages for Delinquent Payment, 38 Performance Guarantee, 38 Minimum Operating Standards, 39 Airport Development Rights; Substitution of Leased Premises; Buyout of Improvements, 39 Audit, 39 Security Requirements, 39 Taxes and Assessments, 40 Indemnification, 40 Insurance, 40 Environmental Compliance, 41 Safety Standards, 41 Laws, Rules, and Regulations, 41 Leasehold Improvements and Alterations, 42
Default and Remedies, 42 Assignment and Subleasing, 43 44 CHAPTER FIVE AIRPORT EXPERIENCES WITH DIFFERENT FBO MODELS Introduction to the Case Studies, 44 Interview Questions, 45 Appleton International Airport, Appleton, Wisconsin, 46 Fort Wayne International Airport, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 49 Southern Illinois Airport, Carbondale, Illinois, 51 Capital Region International Airport, Lansing, Michigan, 54 Coleman A. Young Airport, Detroit, Michigan, 56 MBS International Airport, Freeland, Michigan, 58 Boeing Field/King County International Airport, Seattle, Washington, 59 Tampa International Airport, Tampa, Florida, 61 Van Nuys Airport, Los Angeles, California, 64 Washington Dulles International Airport, Dulles, Virginia, 66 FBO Case Studies, 69 78 CHAPTER SIX CONCLUSIONS Concluding Thoughts and Considerations, 78 80 ABBREVIATIONS AND ACRONYMS 81 BIBLIOGRAPHY AND REFERENCES 84 APPENDIX A FEDERAL AND AIRPORT REGULATORY RESPONSIBILITIES FOR FBOS 88 APPENDIX B PART 13 AND 16 ACTIONS 90 APPENDIX C GLOSSARY