MARTINSBURG - The Altoona-Blair County Airport Authority has voted to work on an agreement allowing DeGol Aviation to move the proposed site of a corporate hangar next to the airport terminal building, while learning that two other entities also are showing interest in building corporate hangars.
The authority, long interested in leasing ground for corporate hangars, welcomed the newest interest and instructed Altoona Airport Manager Charles Pillar and Solicitor David Pertile to enter into discussions with Semcoa LLC, registered in Huntingdon County.
Semcoa representatives attended Monday night's airport authority meeting but said they were only gathering information and did not know the size of the proposed hangar.
The corporation has a Dassault Breguet Falcon 50 aircraft registered with the Federal Aviation Administration, according to an online list of registered aircraft owners. The plane, with a wingspread of nearly 62 feet, can carry up to nine passengers.
The airport has at least two locations designated for future corporate hangars. Layout plans show the locations, at 10,000 square feet each, are to the south of the state police helicopter hangar, which was completed in 2006, and the Sheetz corporate hangar, which was completed in 2002.
The airport's current rate for leasing land is 26 cents per square foot, so a 10,000-square-foot hangar could generate $2,600 annually in rent for the airport.
Another potential location is on the western side of the airport. Representatives of an unidentified company talking to authority member Marty Marasco showed interested in that location, Pillar said.
Meanwhile, authority members agreed Monday to revise the lease with DeGol Aviation for a corporate hangar. Pertile said DeGol Aviation has asked to lease 30,000 square feet between the airport terminal and the building rented by the FAA, formerly known as the Flight Service Center, where it will build a corporate hangar. The original lease called for construction on ground near the welcome center.