The owner of the fixed base operator (FBO) at Brenham Municipal Airport said it was halting full services at the airport.
Brent Nedbalek, owner of Aviators Plus, said in an email late Thursday to city officials and airport stakeholders that the company “has been forced to halt full FBO operations,” including full fueling and ramp services.
In the email, Nedbalek said Aviators Plus tried to negotiate with the city for FBO services to the public, but blamed the city for an “inability or willingness” to see the terms necessary to help the airport and the FBO to provide these services. He said continuing full operations at the airport, therefore, was “no longer economically viable”.
Nedbalek wrote that the decision “is the result of substantial effort over the past few years with careful consideration.”
Despite plans to cease providing full services, Nedbalek said Aviators Plus “remains committed to its substantial investment in Brenham Airport and the community and looks forward to its continued role as an employer, taxpayer and main tenant of Brenham Municipal Airport”. He added that the FBO “remains committed to providing quality services to its customers and the growth of aviation.”
Nedbalek’s email does not say when the FBO intends to shut down all operations. KWHI called the Aviators Plus main phone number in an attempt to contact Nedbalek for clarification. A phone message says self-service fuel tanks are available at midfield, but full service is currently discontinued. KWHI also called a second phone number listed on the Aviators Plus website.
There are four fuel tanks on the airport ramp. According to Director of Development Services Stephanie Doland, two of the tanks, which were previously used by Southern Flyer FBO operators Jack and Janet Hess, are owned by the city. The other two belong to Aviators Plus.
Doland said in an email to city and airport officials last Saturday that the airport “is a priority for the city” and that it “will continue to be diligent in ensuring that the needs from the airport are satisfied”. She also noted that additional fuel options are “on track.”
Brenham City Council is set to discuss several airport-related items at a special meeting at 10.30am Monday at Brenham Town Hall. On the agenda are the possible purchase, delivery and installation of a new fuel farm, including two aviation-grade fuel tanks and associated equipment; express the official intention to reimburse certain costs related to the improvement; an agreement with an interim professional services firm for an interim airport manager; and an agreement for airport management consultancy services. Doland told KWHI the items were part of a “proactive approach by the city to restore fuel sales at the airport in a safe manner.”