The Morehead-Rowan County Airport Board will soon officially start the search for a new Fixed Base Operator (FBO) and manager after Perry Sloan tendered his resignation earlier this week.

Tim James, board chair, said Sloan resigned to accept a different position with compensation and benefit plans that are “greater than what the airport board can provide.”

Sloan, a Bath County native, accepted the position in January 2017 and was a key part of a major transition, according to James.

The chairman said Sloan was vital in improving the airport, not only by making it look better, but also maintaining community and aviation relationships that are necessary to the role.

“The airport board and community owe Mr. Sloan our most sincere gratitude for his job performance and especially his leadership in assisting the board’s transition from our previous management team,” James said. “He and his family worked countless hours on grounds and facility improvements, maintaining existing relationships in the aviation community, and establishing new and long-term relationships for the airport and our community. We hate to see him go, but we wish Perry the best in his new job.”

The board is now seeking “an experienced and qualified individual or team” to operate the airport.

“Under guidance from the airport governing board, the airport operator will work closely with local, state, and federal leaders to foster a team approach to improve facilities, provide quality customer service, and open new opportunities to corporate aviation with the community,” the board’s advertisement says.

In most cases, airports have a separate FBO and manager. Because of Morehead’s relatively small size and budget, the positions have been merged.

The FBO runs the airport and provides aeronautical services such as fueling, hangaring, tie-down and parking, aircraft rental, aircraft maintenance, mowing and ground maintenance, flight instruction, and similar services.

“The person or group hired will be able to make their own contract,” James said. “The role may include all of those services, or just a portion.”

“The governor and local leaders have said, ‘Corporate CEOs don’t come to Morehead in buses, they come in aircraft,’” James continued. “We are looking for someone to interface with potential clients, the aviation community, and the citizens of Rowan County.”

James said Sloan will stay in the role as FBO until Nov. 30, or until the board can find his replacement.

The chairman said a short-term contract with a local pilot may be used if a replacement is not found in that time frame.

Those interested should submit a resume, cover letter, references and responses to Chair, Morehead-Rowan County Airport Board, P.O. Box 934, Morehead, KY 40351.

For more information or questions, contact James at timothycjames@aol.com.

The airport is located at 1800 Rodney Hitch Blvd. and is open seven days a week.

There is a monthly pancake breakfast sponsored by the local EAA Chapter and FBO on the first Saturday of each month and held inside the large community hangar. The public is invited between 7:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. The cost is $5.

To contact the airport, call 780-0085.

Brad Stacy can be reached at bstacy@themoreheadnews.com or by telephone at 784-4116.

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