Ms. Lorrie Brewer provided the following information:
The Airport sustained a loss of $(87,642) with an adjusted net profit without depreciation and amortization of $69,837 in September. Year over year it amounts to decrease in profit of approximately 10% (without depreciation in comparison to last year (see Summary of Airport Revenues & Expenses).
Propellers Restaurant sales were down compared to last year; Flightways fuel sales and flowage fees were down approximately $70K, hangar and other rents down around $12K. Accruals were again made for the car rental revenues for September as actuals were not all available at the time of closing.
Compared to last year, labor expense was down approximately $5K; professional fees were down $47K; administrative, fuel and other expenses were down $6K and utilities and other services showed little change.
Update on Airport Improvement Projects 37 & 38:
AIP 37 – Taxiway C Relocation & Airfield Electrical Improvement Project $3,923,867; Balance: $601,765.
AIP 38 – Airport Perimeter Fencing & Crack Seal, Seal Coat & Mark GA Apron Project $384,678; Balance: $140,882.
Cash flow was positive for the month (see the Cash Flow Summary).
· Jennifer Wright is staying on course with following through with Propeller’s strategic plan for fiscal year 2015.
· Jennifer Wright has been able to reduce total expenses for the past 3 months.
· Propeller’s has a new fall menu out.
Mr. Hand complimented Ms. Wright and her staff on their great job provided today for the Legislative Luncheon! Mr. Flanagan shared his appreciation too.
Mr. Howell reported the FAA will begin a project next week that will run through January 2015. The PAPI lights for both Runway 6 and 24 have the power boxes for the PAPI’s inside the runway safety area. The project will move the boxes outside the safety area, set up some frangible mounts on the PAPI boxes themselves. The upcoming holidays will delay the project a bit due to FAA moratoriums. The other part of the work will be work on the MALSR that will be to move and make changes on stations six thru ten. The plan is to work in between flights so there will be no impacts to the 139 operations. A preconstruction meeting was held earlier today. They have some design work to do on a ditch by the 2/4 PAPI, which Mr. Howell will review prior to approval.
Mr. Howell stated it looks like a good project and they are moving forward with it at this time. Another project is that that the FAA is also going to replace the Runway Visual Range Unit with a new unit. The Runway Visual Range Unit was two short towers that looked at each other and measured the distance you can see down the runway. Now the Runway Visual Range is a single pole. Mr. Howell has been talking with the FAA for many months regarding this project as the FAA has been waiting on the final record documents for the our lighting vault because much of the mainline electrical was redone, so they have no idea what the electrical looks like coming into the airfield.
In regards to what Ms. Brewer provided in her report Mr. Howell has received close out documents this week for AIP-37 and AIP-38 from the consultant. He has not had an opportunity to review the documents to date. They are working on record drawings to provide us. This will be one of the last items they will be doing for us as we close out the association with Michael Baker International, LLC.
Mr. Richard Desportes, Speedbird Aero, who runs the maintenance facility on the field in Hangar 19 for the last five years. He has been around the airport since 1978 when he began learning to fly, and began renting a hangar. He is aware some years back there was a General Aviation Committee at the Columbus Airport, and is requesting the Columbus Airport Commission to allow him to reassemble another General Aviation Committee. He feels this will boost general aviation business and provide a voice pipeline between the general aviation side and the Commission, and promote it. There are stagnant airplanes in about twenty-five hangars here on the airport with a total of one hundred plus hangars. Mr. Desportes would like to volunteer his time in keeping up with development at the airport.
Mr. Forsberg stated he is very supportive of the General Aviation Committee.
Mr. Howell reported the General Aviation Committee as written in the by-laws would be a membership of five to seven people, one member being a Commissioner, meet a minimum of quarterly and report back to the Columbus Airport Commission quarterly. Mr. Howell currently communicates with the tenants with email blast and town hall meetings, and supports anyone willing to take on this which will give him a great voice to talk with the tenants in developing general aviation.
Mr. Flanagan reported to move forward in January 2015 with forming the General Aviation Committee.
Mr. Forsberg with this the chairman calls, no motion is necessary?
Mr. Morgan stated yes as it is in the by-laws and the Columbus Airport Commission needs to reinstate the committee.
Mr. Matt Hinkle stated he was one of the first served members of the first General Aviation Committee. None of the members were clear as to what exactly the General Aviation Committee’s mission was during that time. It is not a complaint pipeline. A lot of items were taken care of, such as with the assistance of rewriting the T-Hangar Lease. We need to know what we are open to, with goals to go forth with, as to not lose focus.
Mr. Forsberg thanked Mr. Hinkle for the positive feedback on the General Aviation Committee.
Mr. Howell introduced and expressed his appreciation to Mr. Richard Daniels in really stepping up to the plate in filling in by spending a lot of extra time at the airport, with airfield lighting, necessary repairs as needed, locating inventory we were not aware we had, along with fulfilling his own job duties along with the job duties of Mr. Paul Phillips. Appreciation was expressed and those in attendance applauded Mr. Daniels for a job well done!
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 5.59 P|.M.