Property Management Transition

posted Sep 23, 2016, 9:40 AM by Winter Haven Municipal Airport   [ updated Sep 23, 2016, 9:41 AM ]

Dear Tenants:

On August 10, 2015 the City Commission approved a Mediated Settlement Agreement with HOVA. As part of the settlement agreement, the Property Management Agreement with HOVA will terminate effective September 30, 2016.

Starting October 01, 2016, please call our main number (863.298.4551) for all your needs. Select option 1 for fuel needs and/or select option 2 for property related needs.

Your rent for the month of October and any payment thereafter must be paid directly to the City of Winter Haven. You will receive invoices directly from the City of Winter Haven for hangar rentals and pay your rent directly to the City of Winter Haven.

For your convenience, we have arranged many payment methods:

  1. You may pay your rent as instructed on the invoice you will receive.
  2. You may pay by phone with a credit card by calling 863.298.4551 option 2.
  3. You may set-up automatic payments with a credit card by calling 863.298.4551 option 2.
  4. You may pay in person at the Airport Administration during regular business hours.
  5. You may mail your payment to 2073 U.S. Highway 92 West. Winter Haven, FL, 33881.

Notes and reminders:

  1. Make all checks payable to City of Winter Haven.
  2. Unless otherwise specified on your Lease Agreement, rent is considered delinquent if not paid on or before the 10th of each month.  A non-prorated delinquency charge of ten percent (10%) of the amount due shall be added to payments which are delinquent.
  3. If you have a yearly lease and you are receiving the discount, you will be required to return the discounted amount if you break the lease.

Additionally, attending to many requests, we would like to announce that we will modify our tenant discount starting October 1, 2016. All tenants will receive full-service fuel at self-serve price until further notice. This discount will be automatically applied to your bill when you order full-service fuel. However, in order to receive the tenant discount you must have a valid credit card on file with us and/or pay for the fuel on the spot. Keep in mind that this great discount only works if you give us preference for all your fuel needs.

Should you have any questions or require further information, please feel free to contact us. Your primary contact for property related needs and issues is:

Tavi Fontana
Contract & Service Manager – Winter Haven Municipal Airport
Email: tfontana@mywinterhaven.com
Phone: 863-298-4551 option 2

In advance, I would like to thank you for your support, patience, and understanding as we work to improve our airport.

Sincerely,

Leo Treggi, MAS, MBA, CM
Airport Director - Winter Haven Municipal Airport

FBO Transition

posted Jan 26, 2016, 9:58 AM by Winter Haven Municipal Airport   [ updated Jan 26, 2016, 9:59 AM ]

Dear tenants and users: 

First, I would like to apologize in advance for the long post. However, I have some important information to share with you and I encourage you to fully read this post.  
 
During its regular meeting on January 25, 2016, the City Commission of the City of Winter Haven approved the last set of documents related to the FBO services to be provided by the City starting February 01, 2016. I’m now able to update you on the subject matter. 

On August 10, 2015 the City Commission approved a Mediated Settlement Agreement intended to settle any and all disputes or claims that either HOVA and/or the City may have had against the other. As part of the settlement agreement, the FBO Agreement with HOVA will terminate effective January 31, 2016 and the Property Management Agreement with HOVA will terminate effective September 30, 2016.

The Airport will be operated as a proprietary exclusive fuel reseller under FAA regulations. For the time being, the FBO Services will be undertaken by the Airport Division and administered by the Airport Director until the City Commission further considers and determines this matter. To ensure a continued level of service and uninterrupted fuel supply, the City selected Ascent Aviation Group, Inc. (World Fuel Services) as its Aviation Fuel Supplier. The selection was based on competitive proposals submitted pursuant to a Request for Proposal (RFP 16-06). 

World Fuel Services is a global fuel logistics, transaction, and payment processing company principally engaged in the distribution of fuel and related products and services in the aviation industry. World Fuel Services sells fuel and delivers services to its clients at more than 8,000 locations in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. 

World Fuel Services will provide Phillips 66 branded aviation fuels and related programs and services to the airport. Such programs and services include: marketing, advertising, and promotions; co-op advertising; contract fuel program; pilot rewards programs; Experimental Aircraft Association  – Young Eagles support; compassion flight rebates; and more.

Starting February 01, 2016, please call our main number (863.298.4551) for your fuel needs. We will continue to have people at the front desk, fuel trucks, self-serve, and so on. As any start-up business, we will start with “the basic” and improve our services as we move forward. 

You will continue to receive bills from HOVA related to hangar rentals until the end of the Property Management Agreement on September 30, 2016. After that, you will receive your bill directly from us and pay your rent directly to us.

Further, I would like to announce that we have selected a contractor to build our new fuel farm. The new fuel farm will feature a new Jet A tank (12,000 gallons), a new Avgas tank (12,000), a new Mogas tank (500 gallons), and a new self-serve system. We expect that the new fuel farm will be available within 6 months from now. 

I would like to remind you that we offer a discount for the t-hangars that are priced at $291.00 (plus tax) per month if you select yearly lease. The current discounted rate is $275.00 (plus tax) per month. I encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity, if you haven’t done so already. 

Additionally, I would like to announce that we will offer a permanent discount (until further notice) of $0.30/gallon off full-service fuel for all tenants. That discount will be automatically applied to your bill when you order full-service fuel. We will also keep self-serve fuel at competitive rates. 

In advance, I would like to thank you for your understanding as we work to improve the airport and while we go through this transitional period. Please, DO NOT hesitate to contact me should you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Leo Treggi, MAS, MBA, CM
Airport Director - Winter Haven Municipal Airport

Small Unmanned Aircraft System

posted Dec 14, 2015, 8:01 AM by Winter Haven Municipal Airport   [ updated Dec 14, 2015, 8:02 AM ]

Estimates for 2015 sales indicates that approximately 1.6 million small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) intended to be used as model aircraft are expected to be sold this year, including approximately 50 percent of that total during the fourth quarter of 2015 due to the holidays. With this rapid proliferation of new sUAS will come an unprecedented number of new sUAS owners and operators who are new to aviation and thus have no understanding of the NAS or the safety requirements for operating in the National Airspace System (NAS).

The risk of unsafe operation will increase as more sUAS enter the NAS. Registration provides a means by which to quickly identify these small unmanned aircraft in the event of an incident or accident involving the sUAS. Registration of small unmanned aircraft also provides an immediate and direct opportunity for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to educate sUAS owners on safety requirements before they begin operating.

The FAA has announced a streamlined and user-friendly web-based aircraft registration process for owners of small UAS weighing more than 0.55 pounds (250 grams) and less than 55 pounds (approx. 25 kilograms) including payloads such as on-board cameras. Any owner of a sUAS who has previously operated an unmanned aircraft exclusively as a model aircraft prior to December 21, 2015, must register no later than February 19, 2016. Owners of any other unmanned aircraft purchased for use as a model aircraft after December 21, 2015 must register before the first flight outdoors. Owners may register through a web-based system at: www.faa.gov/uas/registration.  

Registrants will need to provide their name, home address and e-mail address. Upon completion of the registration process, the web application will generate a Certificate of Aircraft Registration/Proof of Ownership that will include a unique identification number for the UAS owner, which must be marked on the aircraft.
 
Individuals flying for hobby or recreation are strongly encouraged to follow safety guidelines, which include:

Fly below 400 feet and remain clear of surrounding obstacles
Keep the aircraft within visual line of sight at all times
Remain well clear of and do not interfere with manned aircraft operations
Don't fly within 5 miles of an airport unless you contact the airport and control tower before flying
Don't fly near people or stadiums
Don't fly an aircraft that weighs more than 55 lbs
Don't be careless or reckless with your unmanned aircraft – you could be fined for endangering people or other aircraft

For more information, please consult the materials available on the FAA website, including the Know Before You Fly materials, available at www.faa.gov/uas

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