There’s space at Los Banos Municipal Airport

cpride@losbanosenterprise.comSeptember 13, 2013 

The Los Banos Municipal Airport has hangar space available.

Twenty-one of the 31 hangars are occupied.

“It’s about right, we lose one, we gain one” said Paul Cardoza, parks and recreation operations manager.

He said he expects another hangar to become vacant in November, but that is somewhat offset by a company that recently rented space at the airport. Two other hangar rentals expired Sept 1.

Public Works Director Mark Fachin said one of the rentals was being used on a temporary basis.

“He was there just a few months,” Fachin said.

Cardoza said when the weather is warmer the Los Banos Municipal Airport starts to see more activity in fuel sales. He said he expects fuel sales to remain steady for the next couple months because the weather should be nice.

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 increased. Most people are paying between $250 and $325 per month for hangar space. Older hangars with longtime renters are priced between $205 and $250 per month.

Cardoza said the city is making repairs to the door of its largest hangar.

“That door has had a lot of problems not opening properly. We’ve had it for quite some time. I don’t think that door has been touched in 20 years,” Cardoza said.

Fuel sales are the other major revenue generator for the airport.

Cardoza said when the weather is warmer, the Los Banos Municipal Airport starts to see more activity in fuel sales. He said he expects fuel sales to remain steady for the next couple months because the weather should be nice.

Cardoza said Chevron is still the company the city purchases its aviation fuel from, but it is undergoing a name change to differentiate between their fuel product for airplanes and gasoline for automobiles. Cardoza said Chevron representatives told him they’re behind schedule on changing the signs in California but the jet A and low lead used in planes will eventually be sold under the “Ascent” label.

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