3rd private jet service coming to Airpark

Scottsdale Jet Center will be the third flight-based operator at the airport.

Designs recently submitted to the City of Scottsdale show that progress is being made on plans to add another private jet service to Scottsdale Airpark.

Scottsdale Jet Center will be the third fixed-based operator, or FBO, at the airport alongside Signature Flight Support and Ross Aviation.

The City Council in December 2018 approved the transfer of existing leases for parcels totaling about 14 acres at the southern end of the airport to Scottsdale Jet Center Real Estate, an entity owned by John and Herbert Marchman, who also own the Jet Center at Santa Fe FBO at Santa Fe Regional Airport.

The Council simultaneously approved a new 40-year lease with the Marchmans for the combined areas.

Under the lease, Scottsdale Jet center will pay the city monthly rent payments of $13,116.51 until May 2022. Beginning on May 22, 2022, the operator will pay the city $19,724 monthly in rent.

The property leased for the Scottsdale Jet Center includes the Air Commerce Center, Greenway Hangars and city T-shades properties, and the operators are in the process of building out the new facility.

The project will be completed in three phases.

According to designs submitted to the city, the first phase of will include a 29,000-square-foot hangar, an 8,400-square-foot terminal building and other amenities.

“The project will include landside parking for the facility, landscaping, fueling systems for aircraft, customer terminal facilities with hold room, rental car operations, catering and support facilities, ramp parking for aircraft and storage hangar,” according to the submission from Dallas-based architectural firm Mead & Hunt.

Two additional hangars will be added in Phase 2 and 3, according to the lease agreement.

Herbert Marchman told the Council the second phase will include approximately 50,000 square feet of hangar space at the southeast end of the runway.

The third phase would replace the city-operated t-shade area.

Marchman said the lease includes stipulations that the company will work with existing users of the t-shades to accommodate them when they are displaced by construction.

The lease also sets deadlines for completion of each phase.

Phase 1 must be completed by July 31, 2021.

If the operator fails to meet the Phase 1 deadline, the 40-year lease will terminate early on July 23, 2027.

The lease also contains deadlines to complete Phase 2  by July 31, 2022 and Phase 3 by May 22, 2025.

If those deadlines are not met, the operator risks forfeiting interest in some properties included in the lease.

Originally the ownership planned to break ground this summer and complete Phase 1 by mid-2020, according to a city press release.

However, a press release announcing Jet Aviation’s acquisition of a stake in the project in May stated the anticipated opening is now slated for late 2020. 

The Marchmans, along with business partners Ron Tarrson and Troy Padilla, previously developed and owned the former Scottsdale Air Center, which is now Signature Flight Support, according to the city.

In May 2019, New Jersey-based Jet Aviation announced it had acquired a stake in the Scottsdale Jet Center project. 

“Scottsdale is a highly attractive location to business jet owners and operators and is regularly ranked in the top 15 US airports,” said Dave Paddock, senior vice president and general manager for Jet Aviation Regional Operations USA. 

“Having a presence in Scottsdale will enable our customers to have greater connectivity across the Jet network,” he added.