Maintenance man brings in the crowd

Increased activity cited at local airport

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“We have jets parked as far as you can see,” said Mount Olive Town Manager Charles Brown when asked about the flurry of activity at the local airport.

He explained that the local airport’s fixed base operator, Bass Aviation, has just signed or renewed a maintenance contract with a number of aircraft operations.

“They are coming in for required maintenance, and Mike Bass is known up and down the East Coast for his maintenance expertise,” Brown said.

Bass Aviation has a number of contracts with corporations around the state and in the southeast, he added.

The flurry of activity and traffic has also led to an increase of aircraft fuel sales, Brown said.

On top of all of that, the town manager said local officials are in the process of updating and improving a hangar for the University of Mount Olive’s Flight School.

He said the town is handling the electrical and plumbing needs for that hangar and upon completion will have new lighting and plumbing and other needed improvements.

Brown said other activity reflects the “wrapping up on the design study for the parallel taxiway project.”

Final stages are also underway for the local airport’s 10-year updated improvement plan, an ongoing effort several years in the making.

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