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Aviation gasoline and jet fuel tanks at Ada Municipal Airport, July 14, 2010. (Photo by Richard R. Barron)

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 Heartland Aviation and General Aviation Services representatives said they’re happy with their fixed base operator contracts at Ada Municipal Airport.

“We’re pleased to be able to provide service now under this contract,” Kurt Sweeney, Heartland’s attorney, said. “It’s 20 years in its initial term, so it’s a long-term commitment.”

He said Heartland installed two above-ground fuel tanks on a pad provided by the city of Ada.

“They’ve already signed a ground lease for that. They’re not in operation yet but they’ve already spent a significant amount of money before the contract was signed in anticipation that this would take place and they could get a long term deal. They’re moving forward,” he said.

Tim Roehl of GAS said he’s also happy with his company’s contract with the city.

“I think we are off and running with respect to having an agreement in place with the city, which we’re very pleased with,” Roehl said.

Roehl and George Braly had initially objected to a term in the FBO contracts requiring GAS to sell jet fuel to a limited amount of jet fuel customers at the airport. City councilors said they objected because they wanted language in the contracts to be the same. Roehl said the current contract doesn’t require GAS to sell jet fuel.

City Attorney Alvin Files said the language regarding jet fuel is the same in both contracts.

“The contract which we have signed with the city said we are not obligated to supply jet fuel or offer jet fuel for sale unless there is no one else on the field offering jet fuel for sale. We are agreeable to that,” Roehl said. “In the event that Heartland should choose not to sell jet fuel, we’ll be glad to get the equipment and provide that service.”

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