Orange County approves plan for John Wayne Airport improvements

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California’s Orange County Board of Supervisors has approved a plan for improvements to the general aviation facilities at John Wayne Airport after an unanimous vote.

Existing general aviation facilities at John Wayne Airport include two-full service FBOs and two limited-service FBOs.

The proposed project will include two full-service and one limited-service Fixed Base Operator (FBO). The plan limits medium and large general aviation jet aircraft to 25.6 acres of John Wayne Airport property, designates 35.6 acres exclusively for small general aviation aircraft and allows for an international general aviation facility to operate within one of the full-service FBOs between the hours of 5:00am and midnight.

The airport will submit to the Board a Request for Proposal (RFP) soliciting bids from full-service and limited-service FBOs for long term leases to construct passenger terminals, hangars, maintenance facilities and tie-down spaces for light general aviation aircraft on airport property for approval.

The airport is a home base for nearly 500 private general aviation aircraft, including single- and multi-engine aircraft, corporate jets and helicopters. There are 379 County tie-down and hangar spaces for general aviation, while FBOs provide additional tie-down and hangar spaces, as well as other aviation services.

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