Sheltair Opens New FBO at Rocky Mt. Metro Airport (KBJC)
Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (KBJC), situated to the northwest of Denver about halfway to Boulder, is the fourth-busiest airport in Colorado behind Denver International (KDEN), Colorado Springs Municipal (KCOS), and Centennial (KAPA). Classified as a Reliever for KDEN, it annually generates about $460 million in total economic output (2013 Economic Impact Study by CDOT Division of Aeronautics. Link below). And it has been getting busier.
In September of 2018, Airport Director Paul Anslow announced that he intended to add a second FBO on the airport.
This was in response to increased traffic at BJC (known locally as RMMA) over the past several years along with the desire to enable further expansion of airport operations in part by spurring competition for aircraft and passenger services. At that time, Signature Flight Support was the sole FBO on the field and there had been some grumbling about their pricing policies.
In fact, in 2018 AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association) had placed RMMA on its Airport Access Watch List of ten airports nationwide where FBOs in monopoly positions were potentially hindering access by charging excessive prices for fuel and services.
In January, Fort Lauderdale, FL-based Sheltair Aviation opened their first FBO location outside of the Eastern Seaboard at RMMA. Sheltair’s CEO, Jerry Holland, said, “Our newest corporate address in Colorado reflects the natural progression of a company that carefully studies the market, identifies communities that embrace general aviation, and considers the role of airports in supporting regional economies and the vision of local officials.”
Director Anslow expressed excitement about Sheltair’s decision and their rapid move to create a presence at BJC. “The opening of a second FBO is critical to the airport’s vision and creating a competitive environment where all aspects of aviation win. RMMA wishes both of our FBOs great success,” he said. The airport had another piece of its vision fall into place last year when Swiss aircraft manufacturer Pilatus opened a 120,000 square foot aircraft finishing facility on the field.
Since there are two FBOs at BJC, fliers now have a choice, and AOPA promptly removed the airport from its Watch List. Sheltair has an online fuel pricing request form, consistent with what many in the industry consider best business practices for FBOs to promote transparency and reasonable airport access for all fliers.
Sheltair plans to add to its capabilities by building a new $12 million terminal facility at BJC. It will include a 10,000 square foot terminal, a 35,000 square foot hangar able to accommodate large-cabin business jets, and an Avfuel-supplied fuel farm. These are anticipated to open sometime in 2020.
Sheltair and BJC facility General Manager Craig Foster quickly demonstrated their willingness to be good neighbors and tenants by becoming active and sponsoring members of the Colorado Aviation Business Association (CABA), the largest general and business aviation organization in the state. They have also regularly attended the bi-monthly CABA-RMMA luncheon meetings for tenants and airport and ATC tower staff.
We echo Paul Anslow’s comment by wishing both Signature and Sheltair great success at BJC!
Mike Straka, PhD
HN Contributing Author & Technical Support
Executive Director, Colorado Aviation Business Association
1. Sheltair Aviation Lands in Colorado. Amelia Walsh. Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association website, January 31, 2019. http://aopa.org/news-and-media/all-news/2019/january/31/sheltair-aviation-lands-in-colorado
2. AOPA Announces Airport Access Watch List. Joe Kildea. Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association website, April 10, 2018. https://www.aopa.org/news-and-media/all-news/2018/april/10/aopa-announces-airport-access-watch-list
3. 2013 Economic Impact Study for Colorado Airports. Colorado Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics website. https://www.codot.gov/programs/aeronautics/Economic%20Impact%20Study