RAYMOND — A new hangar to accommodate growing storage demand by large twin-engine aircraft and business jet owners at John Bell Williams Airport in Raymond has completed the design stage and will begin construction this month with available occupancy for a tenant this fall.
The project is supported by a multi-modal grant from the Mississippi Department of Transportation.
The hangar, designed by Airport Development Group Inc. (ADG) of Jackson, is a 100-by-100-foot facility that is large enough to hold a Gulfstream IV business jet, said Michelle Jackson, airport manager.
The new $700,000 building will have an 80-foot wide by 26-foot tall hangar door to allow for fast access to the aircraft, and will have an additional 1,000 square feet of office space in front that can be modified to meet the needs of a tenant.
“As business aviation continues to rebound from these challenging economic times, we’re very pleased to be in a position to grow our airfield field facilities and offer these needed services to our customers,” Jackson said.
Hinds Community College owns the airport. Hinds offers aviation technology programs at the airport such as pilot training, aviation management, avionics, airframe and power plant certification as well as an air traffic control training curriculum that started in the spring 2009 semester.
John Bell Williams Airport is in the final stages of an $11-million capital improvement program that has included reconstruction and lengthening of its runway and taxiway to accommodate a greater percentage of the worldwide business jet fleet. It will complete the installation of an instrument landing system in summer 2010 that transforms the facility into an all-weather airport, Jackson said.
ADG is providing design, engineering and project management services for the airport.
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