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FBO PROFILE

Bent Wing Flight Services is the sole FBO at the Fernandina
Beach Municipal Airport.
BENT WING FLIGHT SERVICES

A historical marker at Bent
Wing Flight Services explains
the history of the airport
and its role in training pilots
during World War II
BENT WING FLIGHT SERVICES

An observation deck is located underneath the wing at Bent Wing
Flight Services.
BENT WING FLIGHT SERVICES

was looking for a partner to help pay the
copays to build a new terminal to be a
great community asset and increase traffic
at the airport and be a partner for the
next 30 years.
The airport originally opened during
World War II as a training facility to train
pilots of the F4U Cosair. The design of
the new FBO pays homage to these roots.
When they first sat down to design
the new terminal, Echard said he wanted
to include areas like flight planning rooms,
pilot lounges and adequate break rooms
with kitchen facilities that are common
at newer FBO facilities.
"I wanted something different.
Something that would distinguish this
FBO from every other square boxed FBO
in the country," Echard said. "We decided
to go with a historical connection with
the fact this was a World War II airport."
The design was an immediate hit with

pilots and outside traffic, but Echard said
there were some challenges on the local
level where some leaders and residents
were concerned about the look.
He said there was concern from
residents the facility would even take off
and fly in a strong wind.
"We had a lot of support from the
Florida Department of Transportation,
from the FAA, from Gov. [Rick] Scott's
Department of Economic Opportunity,"
he said. "It seems like everyone outside
of Amelia Island really embraced design,
but there was a small but vocal group
who thought the design was a little
Disney-esque."
The city put together a committee
of local pilots, citizens, Echard and the
architect to create a committee-driven
design that won the approval of the city
commission. It took about six months to
get the approval.

Taking a bold design step on an FBO
terminal can be challenge, but Echard said
it's important to connect it locally before
undertaking a different style.
"Even the name Bent Wing Flight
Services, I have even quite a few pilots
come in and say 'wow, that's a crazy name,
it kind of sounds like a broken wing,' but
it's a way I can educate them about the
F4U Corsair and that particular aircraft
having the nickname the "Bent Wing
Bird,'" he said. "They tie it all together
and they get a little history lesson and
then they get it."
The new terminal is about 12,500
square feet. Bent Wing leases about 70
percent of the building. The other 30
percent includes a public observation area
under the east wing of the terminal along
with an administrative conference room
rented by the city.
FDOT, the state department of
economic opportunity and the FAA all
contributed to the cost of building the
new facility. The city of Fernandina
Beach Airport Enterprise Fund took out
a loan to help finance the facility as well,
which will be repaid from Bent Wing's
rent.
Bent Wing contributed $337,000,
which was provided via a no-interest loan
being paid back overtime via rent credits.
"Part of the RFP, we committed to
$2 million for a three-phase package
to the facility," Echard said. "The first
phase was to contribute to the co-share
amounts needed for the construction of
the terminal building. The second phase is

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Airport_Business_June-July_2019

Inside the Fence
Industry Update
A Forward Look Into the Past
The Rise of Secondary Airports
Not Your Parents' Boarding Bridge
Find Success in Fuel Training
A Stream of New Revenue Management
Media Relations After an Accident: Are You Ready?
Airport Guru
Legal Matters
Product Focus
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Airport_Business_June-July_2019 - Inside the Fence
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Airport_Business_June-July_2019 - Industry Update
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Airport_Business_June-July_2019 - A Forward Look Into the Past
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