Airplane Builder WACO Opens New Michigan FBO

 - July 21, 2021, 3:05 PM
WACO Aircraft's new FBO at Michigan's Battle Creek Executive Airport can handle anything from biplanes to business jets. Located under 350 miles from Oshkosh, the company is expecting an uptick in activity from aircraft heading to and from Airventure which resumes next week after a one-year hiatus due to the Covid pandemic. (Photo: Alex Skiba/WACO Aircraft)

WACO Aircraft recently opened its new FBO at Battle Creek Executive Airport at Kellogg Field in Michigan. Part of an overall expansion of the airframer’s facility, the two-story, 9,400-sq-ft terminal is four times the size of the previous one.

On the first floor are an open passenger seating area, business center, pilot lounge with a snooze room, shower facilities, four private offices, and café bar. Upstairs is the WACO Kitchen restaurant, featuring locally sourced farm-to-table ingredients. The restaurant's large windows provide views into the company’s biplane production facility.

The FBO is open every day from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m., except Sunday when it closes at 2 p.m. After-hours call-out service is available. With advance notice, the FBO can provide overnight hangar space capable of sheltering aircraft up to the size of a Gulfstream G650. It is co-located with Centennial Aircraft Services, WACO’s Part 145 repair station.

The location’s Epic-branded fuel farm has a 10,000-gallon jet-A tank served by a 5,000-gallon refueler and a like amount of low-lead avgas, which is dispensed 24/7 at a self-serve pump. Customers who stop en route at the WACO FBO while flying to or from Oshkosh, Wisconsin, for AirVenture 2021, will also receive discounts. AirVenture 2021 opens on Monday and runs through Sunday, August 1.