Wed, May 27, 2009
A new hangar to accommodate growing
storage demand by large twin-engine aircraft and business jet
owners has completed the design stage and will begin construction
this month with available occupancy for a tenant this fall, thanks
to a multi-modal grant from the Mississippi Department of
The hangar, designed by Airport Development Group Inc., is a
100-x-100-foot facility that is large enough to hold a Gulfstream
IV business jet, said Michelle Jackson, airport manager. The new
$700,000 building will have an 80-foot wide by 26-foot tall hangar
door to allow for fast access to the aircraft and will have an
additional 1,000 square feet of office space in front which can be
modified to meet the needs of a tenant.
"As business aviation continues to rebound from these
challenging economic times, we're very pleased to be in a position
to grow our airfield field facilities and offer these needed
services to our customers," Jackson said.
The airport is owned by Hinds Community College serving
approximately 19,500 students each year at six different locations.
Hinds offers aviation technology programs at the airport - such as
pilot training, aviation management, avionics, airframe and
powerplant certification - and an air traffic control training
curriculum that started in the spring 2009 semester.
John Bell Williams Airport is in the final stages of an $11
million capital improvement program that has included
reconstruction and lengthening of its runway and taxiway to
accommodate a greater percentage of the worldwide business jet
fleet. They will complete the installation of an instrument landing
system in summer 2010 that transforms the facility into an
"Our airport is ideally located in the rapidly growing suburban
areas west of Jackson. We are perfectly positioned to offer a
dynamic combination of aviation service and business locations to
serve this region of the state," Jackson said.
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