Work has begun on upgrading Sheltair’s 66,000ft² hangar at Republic Airport in Long Island to ensure that it can continue to meet the needs of 21st century general aviation following the recently passed New York State Aviation Jobs Act, which will bring new economic growth opportunities at the state-owned airport and at other Sheltair facilities throughout New York.
“Although the hangar is a marvelous historic landmark, its infrastructure has been continuously upgraded to ensure our customers and tenants get the support their aviation assets require,” stated Sheltair’s chief operating officer Warren Kroeppel. “This latest investment reflects a US$1m commitment by Sheltair to ensure the electrical service meets our needs, the passenger lobby offers 21st century design and amenities, the ramp is maintained, including a new drainage system, and the building’s roof remains weather tight under any conditions.”
Kroeppel explained that although Sheltair is constantly reinvesting in its infrastructure across the country, the Republic facility became a priority in the wake of Governor Andrew Cuomo signing The Aviation Jobs Act, which dramatically reduces taxes on aviation-related sales and maintenance in New York.
Kroeppel added, “Our significant investment is a reflection of the commitment we made to state lawmakers and this Governor that if the Jobs Act was passed we
would reaffirm our confidence in New York as a place to do business by strengthening
our roots. Our Republic renovations are just part of that pledge and we are now poised to take advantage of the benefits this legislation will offer our industry.”
The New York State Aviation Jobs Act allows the state to confront the poaching of aviation-related business by neighboring regions by reducing taxes and levies on aircraft sales and maintenance. As a result the aviation community will significantly benefit from the ability to reduce the cost of doing business in New York.
The company also has significant investment planned for new hangar developments at Francis S. Gabreski Airport and Long Island MacArthur Airport.