Indiana’s Dekalb Airport to get a new FBO operator

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Sweet Aviation has been selected to take over as FBO operator at DeKalb County Airport (KGWB) in Indiana beginning November 1st. The current service provider – Century Aviation, which has operated the only FBO at the airport for more than a decade – has decided not to pursue lease renewal, leading the DeKalb Airport Authority to issue a request suggestions for installation. Sweet Aviation, a subsidiary of Surack Enterprises, which also provides aviation services at Fort Wayne International and Smith Field airports in Indiana, was selected.

The FBO includes a 10,000 square foot terminal with a passenger lobby, a pilot lounge with shower and flight planning area, a 16-seat conference room, a galley, dish and laundry service and a car of crew. It also offers nearly 33,000 square feet of hangar space that can accommodate up to a Gulfstream G550 sized aircraft.

A company spokesperson also noted KGWB’s current expansion plan which will increase its runway from 5,000 feet to 7,100 feet by 2024.

“From a personal perspective, I’m excited for the opportunity to continue to grow the aviation community in northeast Indiana,” said Sweet owner and founder Chuck Surack, adding that his father was a pilot and had always had a fascination with aviation. “In 2008 I got my certificate to fly a helicopter, and a few years later I acquired Smith Field Air Service which we renamed and grew into Sweet Aviation. We have experienced incredible growth over the past 10 years and look forward to continuing to expand and grow. »

Surack’s portfolio of aviation companies includes rotorcraft operator Sweet Helicopters and Aviation Specialty Insurance. It also recently purchased bankrupt equipment maker Enstrom Helicopter.

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