Aviation Advisory Committee (AAC)
October 21, 2015
The Aviation Advisory Committee met on the above date with the following members present: Ted Rhodes (District 1), Mike Harris (District 2), Brian Watkins (District 3), Chip Mapoles (District 5) and Whiting Representative Randy Roy. County staff present: County Administrator (Hunter Walker), County Attorney (Roy Andrews), Assistant County Engineer (Michael Schmidt) and Administrative Services Manager (Tammy Simmons).
Rhodes called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m. The minutes of the July 15, 2015, meeting was approved unanimously.
FAA Complaint – County Corrective Action Plan
In the County’s opinion proposed correction equalizes the opportunities for each of the FBO’s; 2. Operation Hours; the FBO agreement with AMS requires 7 day, dusk to dawn operation; the FBO agreement with MAP did not require that; the suggested correction would be that the County would increase MAP’s operating hours to match those of AMS; 3. Rental Rates: there are differential rates for both of the FBO’s for office/enclosed space and for the square footage of property not considered office space; operation space rates are nominal at $1.00/square foot/year for AMS and .50/square foot/year for MAP. The suggested corrective action plan is to increase MAP’s rental rates equal to AMS’s. There will be more discussion on how the rates are determined; it is more reasonable to define the rental rates for the building as enclosed and conditioned space as opposed to office space. 4. Lease Terms: the Deputy Director, in this case the County feels made a mistake with the determination that the MAP lease is for 30 years and the AMS lease is for 15 years. Both leases are for 15 years with an option to renew for an additional 15 years. The suggested corrective action will be to clarify this language. 5. Minimum Standards: the Director made a statement that the County needs to have Minimum Standards and apply them. Andrews stated the County does have FAA approved Minimum Standards in place and believe they are being applied. The suggested corrective action is any changes/additions to the Minimum Standards be approved by FAA and uniformly enforce against both FBO’s so that there is not any cause for any claim of differential treatment. There are six (6) extensions of time before FAA has to make a determination; therefore, it could be three (3) years before the County receives the determination.