Announcing Major General Aviation Services Expansion Plans at Kelowna – Okanagan Airport
A large-scale project that will significantly improve general aviation services at Kelowna International Airport (YLW) and benefit the entire region has been announced.
The plan, approved by the City of Kelowna, is led by the Kelowna Flying Club (KFC).
“This is the first major expansion of general aviation services at YLW in almost 20 years,” said Paul Kos, President of KFC. “Our team has worked tirelessly alongside the YLW management team on this project for several years. “
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The $ 5.5 million capital project will result in a 64% increase in the number of private aircraft accommodations at the 5.5-acre general aviation apron adjacent to Airport Way.
“We will be increasing the number of parking spaces from 55 to 88, all paved,” said Richard Visscher, the inventor of the concept and a prominent KFC member and retired engineer from Kelowna.
Forty-two of the parking spaces will be covered under a roof, with the remaining 46 available for parking resident and roving aircraft.
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The project, which is privately funded by KFC members, is a cooperative project between Kelowna International Airport and the volunteer-run flying club.
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“YLW’s priority is to support the general aviation community,” said Sam Samaddar, airport manager. “It is a cornerstone of the industry and helps to help our future leaders develop and maintain a passion for aviation. “
The two parties signed a 30-year sublease, which paves the way for KFC and its members to invest and install more than $ 5 million in improvements to the property.
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In addition to more aircraft parking, the upgrades also include more hangar space as well as aviation fuel services for pilots who live locally and those who want to fly in the area from points across the Canada and the United States.
KFC said the upgrades will expand the use of the airport and attract more tourists and other passing planes to the Okanagan Valley.
The improvements are expected to generate more than $ 150 million in financial benefits for the airport, city and surrounding region during his 30-year tenure.
KFC is a registered BC Society, which will operate this business, primarily with volunteers, on a not-for-profit basis.
He said all revenues from operations will be used for the benefit of the general aviation community, with a particular focus on encouraging young people to get into aviation.
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