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Wingspan Aviation Center prepares for blast-off in Chandler

May 18th, 2018 development
Wingspan Aviation Center prepares for blast-off in Chandler

SanTan Sun News Staff


City and company officials are touting a scheduled May 22 groundbreaking at Chandler Municipal Airport as the beginning of “a new era of aviation service.”

WingSpan Aviation Center-Chandler will offer “high-end, customized hangar and office space in the heart of the East Valley’s flying community” and is the first of its kind offered at the airport, spokeswoman Jane Poston said.

As the aviation industry moves to a more service-oriented niche, WingSpan will capitalize on the growing needs of pilots and aircraft owners.

“We’ve researched and designed every detail of what businesses need to maximize productivity,” said Chandler resident Jim Moore, developer and CEO of WingSpan Business Investments. “We are blending structured steel buildings with contemporary architecture, technology and modern amenities, resulting in a highly sought-after product.”

The 80,000-square-foot development, which sits on a 4.8-acre site, will include four two-story hangars and 28,000 square feet of office space.

“Aimed to change the face of local aviation, the space promotes a sky-meets-ground appeal by creating a place for businesses with private aircraft while being a concourse for private planes and jets,” Poston said. “From tourism to business ventures, WingSpan Aviation-Chandler is a travel hub unlike any other in the region.”

“This is a tremendous amenity for the Chandler Municipal Airport,” Mayor Jay Tibshraeny said. “I look forward to seeing this development come out of the ground.”

Future phases include additional hangar/office space and build-to-suit offices, pending taxi access to the runway. The property is expected to be built out in about five years with 250,000 square feet of space.

WingSpan Business Investments LLC is the parent company of WingSpan Aviation Center-Chandler.

It provides on commercial property development and financial products and services serving the aviation market.

A city study several years ago estimated that the airport’s direct and secondary benefits total more than $109 million annually, including $32 million in flight activity, fees charged to park airplanes, an on-site service provider and flight schools.

The study, conducted by Kimley-Horne, an engineering and environmental design firm, and Arizona State University, also included spending in Chandler by visitors who fly into the airport and the payroll generated from about 800 jobs at the airport and its on-site businesses.

The airport was established around 1950 with an unpaved runway that handled mostly crop dusters.