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Buying/leasing Property With Apron Access

Tue Apr 09, 2013 6:56 am

At two US airports I frequent regularly, I've noticed that some buildings with rear access to an apron have tenants in fields absolutely unrelated to aviation and no apparent need for apron access. I've had the occasion to visit one such tenant and while the hangar attached to the office had a door big enough to fit most private planes, it was clear it hadn't been opened in years and I saw nothing in sight that could fly on its own...

So here is the question I didn't dare ask for fear of looking like a fool.

Can anyone buy or lease such a property, or are there specific criteria to meet due to the property providing inside-the-fence access to the airport?

If the occupant states they have no need for apron access (they just like the property for whatever other reason), is that access disabled, eg by locking doors, adding a new fence around the back of their property, etc...

Just wondering.

[Edited 2013-04-08 23:59:30]
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RE: Buying/leasing Property With Apron Access

Tue Apr 09, 2013 8:08 am

Quoting blueflyer (Thread starter):
Can anyone buy or lease such a property, or are there specific criteria to meet due to the property providing inside-the-fence access to the airport?

Considering the number of uncontrolled airports in the US, I doubt there are specific criteria. I mean I could just walk onto the field at a lot of airports by walking through a terminal building or through an open gate.
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RE: Buying/leasing Property With Apron Access

Tue Apr 09, 2013 12:39 pm

Quoting blueflyer (Thread starter):
are there specific criteria to meet due to the property providing inside-the-fence access to the airport?

There is a towered airport near my home which I visit frequently - 600 aircraft based at the airport including 200+ jets.

And several of the T-Hangers are rented by auto detailing companies, speciality auto refurbishing companies, etc. While these companies have apron access - we are told their lease agreement is similar to my friend's for his aircraft parking T-hanger. That vehicle access to the apron is limited to direct access to the hanger space. That 'inside the fence' access is limited to the immediate area of the hanger space.

The people who lease such space, and their employees - have to pass the same basic criminal background check as an aircraft owner who might lease the next hanger.

That's about it - the same checks as an aviation business personnel have to pass.

There is some controversy about these 'non-aviation' business out bidding aircraft owners for limited hanger space - but that is a completely different can of worms.

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RE: Buying/leasing Property With Apron Access

Tue Apr 09, 2013 4:39 pm

Quoting blueflyer (Thread starter):
If the occupant states they have no need for apron access (they just like the property for whatever other reason), is that access disabled, eg by locking doors, adding a new fence around the back of their property, etc...

Probably not allowed due to fire codes.

Either way, I doubt it's intentional. I imagine that in many cases the original aviation tenant moves out and the airport is looking to fill space and get some rent. It's useful space since hangars would make nice factory, shop, or warehouse space and often have some attached offices. My guess is that in most cases owners don't want to limit their market.
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RE: Buying/leasing Property With Apron Access

Thu Apr 11, 2013 10:32 pm

Its probably for service access. Resturants have storage facilites underneath the main floor since some areas cant hold huge refrigerators. It also prevents delivery people access to the main terminal, if the airport is setup that way.

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