July-August 2022 - 36

INFRASTRUCTURE
This was the first new construction the
Jacqueline Cochran Airport had seen in
25-plus years, featuring an air-conditioned
32,500-square-foot maintenance hangar.
the demand Fox said they are currently
working on building additional
hangars and acquiring land.
" We did over a million gallons of
fuel last year in the last 12 months
and we see approximately 40% of
the airport volume here on the field.
The Thermal airport has more general
aviation traffic than the Palm Springs
airport, Bermuda Dunes airport, and
the other airports in the area, " Fox
said. " The current operational number
trajectory shows that by 2026, the
Thermal airport will have more traffic
as a whole than the Palm Springs
airport. That includes everything;
commercial, GA, private, military, all
of it. So, the current trajectory and
the growth of the Jacqueline Cochran
Thermal Airport is tremendous. "
Fox said another reason why the
airport has been so successful in its
growth is because of their willingness
to be flexible and adapt.
" You can't rest on your laurels. The
industry is constantly changing, and
you have to be able to adjust as the
different clientele comes in, " he said.
" A passenger on a shared seat airplane
is a different type of customer than,
say, an aircraft owner who's flying
the airplane themselves, or is coming
in on a G650. So, you really have to
be able to adjust on the fly and make
constant improvements as the industry
and the needs evolve. " In addition
to expanding hangar space, the
While the airport put a lot of work into creating an architecturally pleasing space trimmed
with features to enhance the clientele's stay, the FBO's main focus is on customer service
because that's what keeps existing and new clients coming back.
airport is also looking into installing
solar panels.
" Being in the desert with that much
of an opportunity, our goal is to be
able to go completely solar-powered
and power our building, even if we
build enough solar power here on the
airport to help generate power for the
rest of the airport, " Fox said.
Fox said his best advice to other
airports thinking about enhancing
their infrastructure, is to consider how
functional their airport is currently
and how they can improve in regard
to solar-powered energy, proper lighting,
Wi-Fi, and internet accessibility.
" Especially as you design a building,
it seems like no matter how much time
you put into it, there's always a chance
as it gets built, you go, 'Oh, I wish
we would've done something slightly
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different.' But I think ... it's a little
unique maybe to us in our location, I
think solar power is something that I
would take a strong look at, depending
on the location of where you're at.
Lighting I think is very important for
ramps and for the airports. Obviously
high-power Wi-Fi, I think, is imperative
to make sure that customers can
get on and have very high-speed internet
accessibility, " Fox said.
" You want it to be efficient in every
possible way, from the customer experience
to being energy efficient, and
to making it easy for your employees, "
Little added. " So, all around, you got
to think about every aspect of what
you're creating, as opposed to just
constructing a building and making
it look nice. You also have to make it
efficient and functional. " 

July-August 2022

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of July-August 2022

Inside the Fence
Industry Update
Supply Chain Issues, Disruptions and Their Effect on Aviation Infrastructure
Moving an Aircraft Hangar
A Guide to Concessions
Legal Matters
Remote Airport Project Implementation Takes Off
Desert Jet’s Newest Palm Springs Facility Sets the Bar High
Airport Guru
Product Profile
July-August 2022 - PCOV1
July-August 2022 - PCOV2
July-August 2022 - 1
July-August 2022 - 2
July-August 2022 - 3
July-August 2022 - 4
July-August 2022 - Inside the Fence
July-August 2022 - Industry Update
July-August 2022 - 7
July-August 2022 - Supply Chain Issues, Disruptions and Their Effect on Aviation Infrastructure
July-August 2022 - 9
July-August 2022 - 10
July-August 2022 - 11
July-August 2022 - 12
July-August 2022 - 13
July-August 2022 - Moving an Aircraft Hangar
July-August 2022 - 15
July-August 2022 - A Guide to Concessions
July-August 2022 - 17
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July-August 2022 - 29
July-August 2022 - Legal Matters
July-August 2022 - 31
July-August 2022 - Remote Airport Project Implementation Takes Off
July-August 2022 - 33
July-August 2022 - Desert Jet’s Newest Palm Springs Facility Sets the Bar High
July-August 2022 - 35
July-August 2022 - 36
July-August 2022 - 37
July-August 2022 - Airport Guru
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July-August 2022 - Product Profile
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