Blue Grass Airport opens new general aviation facility

Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Kentucky has opened a new facility for general aviation aircraft owners, part of a $5 million investment by the airport board to support private aviation at Blue Grass Airport.

Airport officials joined the general aviation community to open WestLEX, a new facility specifically designed to provide support services to airport tenants leasing hangars on the west side of the airfield.

Located near the airport’s general aviation runway, WestLEX will provide hangar tenants with aircraft fueling services and towing assistance to and from individual hangars.

The facility also includes a large 12,000 square foot community hangar for aircraft storage and maintenance as well as a comfortable lounge, conference room, vending machines, restrooms and flight planning area.

“We are proud to provide this unique solution for our general aviation community on the west side of the airport,” said Eric Frankl, executive director of Blue Grass Airport. “In recent years, we have constructed new hangars in this area and now we are pleased to provide local aircraft owners with a facility and services that support private pilots. In addition, this hangar will provide an opportunity for private aircraft owners and flying clubs to receive personalised assistance from airport staff.”

The Blue Grass Airport is partnering with Eastern Kentucky University’s aviation department to assist in staffing WestLEX, with Frankl explaining: “With this new facility, EKU students can work part-time to learn more about the general aviation community and better understand airport operations and customer service. We enjoy the opportunity to work with such eager and dedicated students and appreciate their interest in the aviation industry.”

The WestLEX facility is open year-round, and TAC Air, the fixed-base operator at the airport will continue to serve as the primary provider for all corporate aviation and private aircraft flying to Lexington.

Written by: Kimberley Young

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