FAA moving some operations to Flagler County Airport

FAA moving some operations to Flagler County Airport

By Frank Fernandez

STAFF WRITER

Published: Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 5:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 2:49 p.m.

PALM COAST — The Federal Aviation Administration will move some of its operations to leased space at the Flagler County Airport after stopping its training sessions at its management center in Palm Coast.

The FAA has agreed to lease a portion of the old Ginn hangar at the airport for a little more than $8,000 per month for one year with an option for a second year, said Sally Sherman, deputy county administrator, said in a phone interview Thursday. The FAA is leasing space for up to 16 staff members at the old Ginn hangar, she said.
That means the FAA will maintain some presence in the county even though it stopped training on Dec. 21 at its Palm Coast facility, which it leased from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

The closure of the FAA facility in Palm Coast eliminated 80 to 100 jobs in the city as well as the economic boost from the approximately 150 people who train there on an average week. The FAA has leased the facility for its Center for Management and Executive Leadership from Embry-Riddle since 1987.

“No more training will occur at CMEL and staff working in Palm Coast … ” an FAA spokeswoman wrote in an email this week.
Embry-Riddle president John Johnson said this week that the FAA will remain at the Palm Coast facility winding down operations until Feb. 4 and then turn the center over to the university. The center’s campus at 4500 Palm Coast Parkway SE resembles a hotel with 198 rooms and eight classrooms, as well as a swimming pool.

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