The Orange County Board of Supervisors has awarded Clay Lacy Aviation a 35 year lease at John Wayne Airport to build and operate an FBO that will serve as a business gateway for Orange County and contribute to the general aviation ecosystem at the airport.
Clay Lacy Aviation was awarded the 15-acre leasehold to design, build, and operate a full-service FBO featuring over 110,000 square feet of hangar, 42,000 square feet of offices and a private terminal that incorporates the latest in sustainable design and meets Envision Gold certification standards.
The development also includes new facilities for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Air Support Bureau and Orange Coast College Aviation Science Department.
“Over the previous four years, we had many productive meetings and established positive dialogue with the local community and stakeholders,” said Scott Cutshall, SVP business operations at Clay Lacy Aviation and an Orange County native. “As a direct result of these conversations, we incorporated many features into our development that will be appreciated by airport users and the community.”
“Today begins a new chapter for general aviation in Orange County, and we are extremely grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of it,” said Brian Kirkdoffer, president and CEO of Clay Lacy Aviation. “As Orange County’s newest fixed based operator, Clay Lacy Aviation will build world-class facilities, provide award-winning FBO services, create good-paying jobs, and always be a good neighbor to the local community. This partnership will benefit the County, its residents, and airport customers for decades to come.”