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AFCO Selected Finance Design Build Vertiport/Heliport In Downtown Chicago

AFCO Selected Finance Design Build Vertiport/Heliport

January 2011Aviation Facilities Company, Inc. (AFCO) is pleased to announce that AFCO Nighthawk Vertiport LLC, a joint venture between AFCO and Nighthawk Services LLC, has been selected by the Illinois Medical District Commission (IMD) to develop a vertiport/heliport, on a 10-acre site in the Illinois Medical District, located on the West Side of the City of Chicago.

About the Project

The project will consist of touchdown, liftoff and aircraft parking areas as well as a fixed-base operation that will include a terminal, hangars, fuel, maintenance and other storage facilities, vehicle parking and an access control system.  The project will serve the needs of emergency medical helicopter operations along with corporate and charter activity.  The project is also being designed to accommodate a new generation of tiltrotor helicopters.The Illinois Medical District is the nation’s largest urban medical district and includes 560 acres of medical research facilities, labs, a biotech business incubator, raw development area, universities and over 40...

AFCO Begins Construction of GSE Facility at Orlando International Airport

AFCO Begins Construction

AFCO commenced construction of a ground support equipment (GSE) maintenance facility at Orlando International Airport (OIA) in December 2006. AFCO teamed with the design/build firm The Haskell Group based in Jacksonville, Florida. The new facility will be the only purpose-built, multi-tenant GSE maintenance facility at OIA.The 30-year ground lease between AFCO and the Greater Orlando Airport Authority (GOAA) offers an ideal site location for state-of-the-art GSE maintenance operations, with an airside equipment staging area, complete with equipment wash rack facilities. Completion of the approximately 40,000 square-foot facility is expected in June 2007.Jim Norris, AFCO Vice President, Development, negotiated the terms of the ground lease with GOAA. AFCO also owns and operates a 50,000 square-foot office flex cargo facility at OIA. Frank Chambers, CEO of AFCO, said “We are very happy to be expanding our already excellent cargo facility relationship with GOAA. This is a new type of facility that GOAA has needed for a long time.”