Subic Bay Airport approved for business aviation transformation


Phillipino Aviation business aviation services provider Concepts Technical Services Inc. (ACTSI) has signed a lease agreement with Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) to transform Subic Bay International Airport (SBIA) into a hub for business aviation.

Under a 25-year partnership with the SBMA, ACTSI is committed to providing hangar parking, corporate jet MRO services and aircraft corrosion preventive solutions at SBIA, easing the congested hangar parking and maintenance burdens in the region. The upgrade of the 18,000m² hangar facility is pencilled for completion in the third quarter of 2019.

As the former US Navy base, SBIA allows ACTSI’s large-sized aircraft users to enjoy the extensive runway length at 9,000ft for easy take-offs and landings. The ACTSI Subic hangar facility has Part 145 approvals from the Civil Aviation Authority of Cayman Islands and Bermuda. The SBMA is currently working toward expanding its capabilities to include an FAA 145 approval.

Wilma T Eisma, chairperson and administrator at the SBMA, commented, “This is very exciting for SBIA and SBMA. With the added push coming from government, we will be able to jointly launch ACTSI’s services this year together with Subic Airport’s 24/7 capability.”

John O’Meara, ACTSI’s general manager, added, “We are very delighted and optimistic in our partnership with the SBMA, helping it realize SBIA’s potential as a premiere hub for business aviation in Asia – servicing business jets around the region.”

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