The BDA board voted unanimously to authorize its executive director, Joe B. Montez, to seek proposals for a fuel supply contract, to advertise for the purchase of a “good used” 12,000-gallon fuel tank and to begin the search for a credit card reading machine for the operation.
The fueling equipment will be used mainly, at first, by the airport’s newest tenant, the Dan A. Hughes Company, which is building a new hangar for its corporate aircraft at the former naval air station.
Hughes is investing more than $1 million in lighting and paving repairs on the main runway at the facility.
Montez has said that upgrading the runway will allow clients of the Sikorsky Aerospace Maintenance operation now located in Hangars 24 and 25 to take deliveries of the UH-60, Blackhawk helicopters it services by large cargo aircraft.
A number of foreign government-owned helicopters have been delivered to Chase Field by fixed-wing cargo planes in recent months for service at the Sikorsky operation.
The ability for more fixed-wing cargo plans to land safely at the airport is expected to help SAM to land more contracts and employ more people in the future.
Board members also authorized Montez to renew the lease of a shop section of Hangar 26 with Vortex, a company that is designing temporary housing units, on a month-to-month basis.
Montez said the company has leased its current space for a year now and had requested an extension of that lease for another year.
However, Vortex has yet to begin actual production of its housing units and the board was reluctant to tie up the use of its facilities for another year.