The City of Crossville has a new Fixed Based Operator for the municipal airport.
The City Council has approved an interim agreement for Eric Ramsey to manage and operate Crossville Aero.
City Manager Greg Wood said the contract will be far more extensive than the previous one.
“Eric Ramsey is an extremely qualified individual. He is a former FBO operator, certified mechanic and certified jet pilot,” Wood said. “He brings a lot to the table so I think this will be a good fit for the city. Obviously, it’s interim and we’ll do an RFQ for a permanent contract about 90 days in.”
City Council approved a $50,000 buyout of the previous FBO contract with Chris Bennett last month. Council also voted to purchase the remaining inventory and jet fuel at the airport at a purchase price not to exceed $25,000.
The interim agreement gives Ramsey exclusive right of use and occupancy of certain facilities at the airport.
“We did not include the commercial hanger in the agreement and we’ve come up with a service fee for the fix-based operator to provide that on a temporary basis,” Wood said. “We actually think that may provide us a greater return on our investment.”
The agreement also details fuel purchasing requirements and gas flow fees.
The interim agreement will be good for six months or until the city can find a permanent operator and manager.