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FBO Management Workshop

General Information

Prior to the start of the National Airport Economic Development Conference, we invite you to participate in the one-day, interactive FBO Management Workshop.

As pressure to develop alternative revenue sources while ensuring a high level of customer service mounts, airports are increasingly looking at the option of owning and operating the airport’s fixed base operation. The FBO Management Workshop will review the issues that are leading to this shift. This workshop will outline the decision making process for those airports considering this option. It will do so by presenting the case studies of those airports that came to that decision. The discussion will cover the pros and cons of both options to help you determine what makes the most sense for your airport.

Learn from those airports that decided to branch out to this ownership model as they talk about the process of switching from a managed FBO to ownership. Workshop sessions will include participation by airports that have made the switch to provide attendees with insights into the benefits and potential drawbacks of providing services as the airport operator.

We invite you to join us for this opportunity to learn and network with your peers. 

The workshop will take place at the Crowne Plaza Columbus-Downtown.
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11:30 a.m. Registration

12-1 p.m. Lunch & Learn

Lois S. Kramer
KRAMER aerotek, Inc.

1-1:45 p.m. Session #1: FBO Decision Tree

1:45-2:15 p.m.

Session #2: Negotiating Contracts with FBO's

Eric T. Smith
Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell LLP

2:15-3 p.m.  Session #3: Case Study - 3rd Party Management of an Airport Owned FBO

Rick McElroy
Airport Director
Republic Airport (AvPORTS)

3-3:15 p.m. Refreshment Break

3:15-4 p.m.

Session #4: Case Study - General Aviation Airport FBO Management

Doug Hammon
Airport Director
The Ohio State University Airport 

 4-4:30 p.m. Session #5: Designing a new FBO Facility
Imagine you were to design, from scratch, a brand new FBO facility. What would your architectural, design and engineering needs be? 

Aviation Architecture
Mead & Hunt

4:30-5 p.m.
Session #6: The Value Proposition of Privately Owned and Operated FBO's

Bill Deere

Senior VP - Government & External Affairs
National Air Transportation Association

Michael French, C.M.
Regional Vice President
Signature Flight Support

6-7 p.m. Networking Reception
Sponsored by Columbus Regional Airport Authority

Enjoy light refreshments with attendees of the National Airport Economic Development Conference.


Click here to register. If you are attending the National Airport Economic Development Conference, there is an additional fee for this workshop but you do receive a discount when registering for both. 

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