Los Banos has hangar openings

cpride@losbanosenterprise.comApril 24, 2013 

LOS BANOS -- The Los Banos Municipal Airport has hangar space available, as only 23 of the 31 hangars are occupied.

"Since I've been here, we've never had all the hangars full," said Paul Cardoza, parks and recreation operations manager. "The last four years during these tough (economic) times, we haven't (had) an increase in rentals."

Cardoza said that when the weather gets warmer, the Los Banos Municipal Airport starts to see more activity. For instance, he said, fuel sales dipped in December but recently have risen to normal levels.

Some of the hangars are owned by private individuals. Most of those hangars will become the city's property once the land lease expires.

A few years ago, the price of hangar rentals was raised. Most people are paying between $250 and $325 per month for hangar space, Cardoza said.

In the next two years, a facelift is planned for the Los Banos Municipal Airport, with a pavement overlay scheduled for 2015.

It would take two days to repave the 125-acre facility at a cost of $1.6 million. If the Federal Aviation Administration continues to offer grants for such projects, however, Los Banos will be responsible for a 10 percent match, which is $160,000.

In March, Public Works Director Mark Fachin said he sees having matching funds as likely, because of the airport's improving finances.

"If you look at what's happened through the years, the airport enterprise funds have gone from deficits to bringing in revenue," Fachin said.

As of April 5, he said, the airport had spent $357,754 of its $540,609 budgeted for the fiscal year.

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