New airport building opens in Fitchburg – Sentinel & Enterprise

MassDOT Aeronautics Division Administrator Jeffrey DeCarlo, left, speaks in front of the new Fitchburg Municipal Airport building.SENTINEL &

MassDOT Aeronautics Division Administrator Jeffrey DeCarlo, left, speaks in entrance of the brand new Fitchburg Municipal Airport building. SENTINEL & ENTERPRISE/JOHN LOVE

FITCHBURG -- The excessive flying dream of a brand new airport administration building is now a actuality.

Officers minimize the ribbon on a four,200 sq.-foot building Thursday.

"This is only one extra step in making the Fitchburg Municipal Airport the Regional Airport that it's," Mayor Stephen DiNatale mentioned. "(That is) so essential to our financial development."

The Statewide Airport System Plan, a partnership between MassDOT and the Federal Aviation Administration, funded 95 p.c of the simply over $four million mission. The remainder was coated by a bond issued by the town of Fitchburg, which the airport expects to pay again with out utilizing tax payer cash, in keeping with Supervisor Scott Ellis.

Final November, airport directors moved into the brand new building from the airport's growing older administration building.

This older construction, since demolished, was constructed in 1952 and, at 2,300 sq. ft, smaller than the present building. The building didn't meet many fashionable code necessities, equivalent to handicapped accessibility and hearth suppression know-how, in keeping with Ellis.

The brand new facility, he mentioned, higher matches the airport's wants.

"We actually, actually like it," he mentioned. "The sound insulation is so quiet. To have the ability to sit in there and have a cellphone dialog whereas a jet is warming up is nice."

The building contains an workplace space, convention room, lounge, bogs and showers for pilots and a flight college.


Charley Valera, who owns FCA Flight Middle, described the building as knowledgeable surroundings for his college students.

"It is a good, new clear facility," Valera mentioned. "The scholars like it."

In contrast to the previous building, the brand new facility doesn't have a restaurant, a truth some pilots nonetheless point out, in keeping with Ellis.

He mentioned the building had house for both a flight college or a restaurant and the phrases of the grant didn't enable the displacement of an "aviation exercise for a nonaviation exercise."

Ellis mentioned the airport would nonetheless welcome a restaurant on its grounds.

"We wish to have a restaurant right here, but it surely needs to be worthwhile for the airport," he mentioned. "If anybody desires to return to the airport and negotiate a land lease and construct a restaurant we might be very happy to entertain it."

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