Competition for airport FBO will be crowded
The competition for the fixed-based operator at the Morristown Regional Airport could be a crowded field that could include some uncommon rivalries, authorities say.
Charles Greenlee, a local pilot who works for the current FBO, Morristown Air Service, has the request for proposal (RFP) that would allow him to bid against his current employer, according to Ralph “Buddy” Fielder, assistant city administrator.
J.B. Marshall, the owner of Morristown Flying Service, which contracts with Morristown Air Service to provide flight training and aircraft maintenance, also has the RFP.
Rounding out the field of the possible applicants are Steve Greene, a pilot and dispatcher for Kalitta Charters, Tim McGinnis, a pilot and construction contractor, and James Underwood, who has a private pilot license and mechanic certification, according to Fielder.
A preproposal conference will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 20 at the Morristown City Center. March 20 at 5 p.m. is the registration deadline, according to the assistant administrator.
The RFPs are due 30 days later, and will be evaluated and scored by the five-member Morristown Regional Airport Commission, not the Morristown City Council.
In other airport-related news, the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission announced the Morristown Airport will receive a $90,250 grant to fund an airport layout plan, which should be updated every 10 years.
City government’s obligation for the ALP, which will be assembled by city government’s airport consultant, is $4,250, according to the commission.
- By Robert Moore, Tribune Staff Writer