The Port of Hood River (“Port”) is issuing a Request for Qualifications (“RFQ”) for Fixed Base Operator (“FBO”) services at the Ken Jernstedt Airfield(“AIRFIELD”). Ken Jernstedt Airfield is located in Hood River County Oregon, with a population of 24,000. It is in the center of the Columbia Gorge, a scenic area which extends along the Columbia River from near Portland (50 miles west) to east of The Dalles. Its industry is split between agriculture, tech and hospitality and host a community college campus. It has a vibrant pilot community with active tail wheel and glider operations fueled by the local aviation tech industry. The Western Antique Aeronautical and Auto Museum (WAAAM) is adjacent to the airport and has over 400 flyable, antique aircraft and draws over 40,000 visitors per year. WAAAM hosts an annual fly in which brings over 400 aircraft to the airport in the second week of September.
The Port seeks a Fixed Base Operator to occupy one or more of the available buildings (full list included later in the document). All aviation businesses will be subject to the Port’s Minimum Standards and Port Ordinance 24, which are attached hereto as Exhibit A and Exhibit F.
The Ken Jernstedt Airfield averages approximately 18,555 operations per year and contains 115 acres within the airport aircraft operating area. The Airfield is equipped with one asphalt runway, 7/25 which is 3,040 feet long and 75 feet wide and one Alternate Grass Landing Area (AGLA). Additionally, the Port owns and leases thirty-six (36) T- hangars and thirty-four (34) tie-downs to the public for general aviation use and one 12,000-gallon Av gas tank with self-serve fuel. Two aviation tech companies are located on the Field.
The Port’s objectives are to promote economic development, generate revenue to further enhance the Airport and to facilitate a quality and viable FBO operation that will complement existing uses and service needs at the Airport. The selected FBO will be expected to apply a proactive business plan and approach to provide needed operations at the Airfield. The anticipated FBO agreement term will be for five years. The Port requires that the FBO provide basic FBO services including: fueling, Pilot services, flight training, aviation mechanics and tie down management and offers additional opportunities for services which the FBO may wish to offer (see FBO requirements in Section 3). However, the Port is open to an alternative FBO structure which may require more, less or a different suite of services.
The Airport sponsor is the public agency or tax-supported organization that is authorized to own and operate an airport, to obtain property interests, to obtain funds, and to be legally, financially and otherwise able to meet all applicable requirements of the current laws and regulations.
View and download the full RFQ document from the directory below.