Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport

Ford Tri-Motor Tour

Ford Tri-Motor Tour

Recall the energy, passion, and excitement of the Roaring ’20s by flying aboard the Ford Tri-Motor. Known as the first luxury airliner, the Ford Tri-Motor redefined world travel and marked the beginning of a commercial flight.

Henry Ford mobilized millions of Americans and created a new market with his Model T “Tin Lizzie” automobile from 1909 to 1926. After World War I, he recognized the potential for mass air transportation.

Updates on Airport Projects

On December 3, 2019,  Airport Manager Kevin Daugherty updated the Airport Advisory Committee on the major capital improvement projects that have begun at the Brooksville Tampa Regional Airport (BKV).

Current Projects Updates

Daugherty reported that the repair of 1000 feet of depressed pavement on Sgt. Lea Mills Blvd. is to begin next week and should be completed in 60 days.

FAA Pre-Application to Obtain a Grant Through the Airport Improvement Program

November 5th, during the regular meeting of the Hernando County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), Kevin Daugherty, Hernando County Airport Manager, presented, among other items, the pre-application for funding of repairs to the main runway. The pre-application which covers two projects, the rehabilitation of runway 9-27 and the decoupling of runway 3-21. Runway 9-27 has deteriorated to a point requiring major rehabilitation. The BOCC was the final step in the review process of the pre-application.

Brooksville - Tampa Bay Regional Airport Master Plan update met with citizen concerns

Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport

The Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport (BKV) Master Plan Update took place at a workshop on Tuesday, April 4th. Senior Vice President of Aviation Planning, Philip Jufko from Michael Baker International reviewed the planning process with the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) and presented the update.

The Master Plan is divided into three timeframes or phases. The group of projects is still in Phase 1, which is estimated to complete in 2019. Phase 2 is estimated to span from 2020-2024, and Phase 3 to span from 2025 - 2034.

Rezoning Petition for Corporate Park at the Airport

Railroad tracks intersect US 41 (Broad Street) and curve into the Airport Railpark located just south of the Hernando County Airport and the SWFMWD building. Businesses there are housed in steel buildings and the area is mainly zoned Planned Development Project (PDP) Heavy Industrial. The zoning change request before the BOCC on 5/24/16 was to allow a property on Airport Flyer Way to be developed for corporate park use.

How high should Airport Minimum Operating Standards be?

Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport

The Brooksville Tampa-Bay Regional Airport minimum operating standards were last updated in May of 2004. These standards determine if a business qualifies to operate at the airport. Kevin Daughtery, airport manager, explained at the February 9th 2016 commission meeting that the airport is seeking to update those standards to bring them on par with current FAA recommendations. Concerned citizens argued that the current standards already meet what the FAA recommends and placing the bar any higher will ward off smaller businesses looking to grow.

County Welcomes Commercial Jet Retrofitting Company to Airport

Hernando Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) has approved a lease agreement at Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport to Project TAS (Transportation Aviation Services), a company that retrofits commercial aircraft for corporate or head of state use. The lease agreement provides TAS with a 3 year payment incentive with a total value of $377,028. Funds are available through the economic improvement fund and will be paid directly to the airport.

County Establishes Application Process for Airport Operators

by Julie Maglio

BROOKSVILLE- At the February 24th County Commission Meeting, Commissioners voted 4-1 to adopt an ordinance that establishes a procedure for a company that applies to be an operator at the Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport. It is important to note that new minimum operating standards have not been adopted and any company that is approved through the established procedure will be held to the operating standards that have been in effect since 2004. Hernando County is currently working with a consultant to develop up to date Minimum Operating Standards.

BOCC Abolishes Hernando Aviation Authority

by Julie Maglio

Hernando County Airport

The BOCC (Board of County Commissioners) abolished the Hernando Aviation Authority and created the Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport Advisory Committee (AAC). The ordinance number :2014 ­ 27 states that all leases are subject to review and approval by the BOCC and FAA (eliminating the Hernando Aviation Authority). Additionally, all assets and liabilities of Hernando County Aviation Authority are transferred to Hernando County BOCC.