Bob Sikes Airport in Crestview stands out from its competitors

Published: Friday, April 26, 2013 at 01:35 PM.

"He saw what the airport did, and the steps the airport took, and that's what encouraged him to build facilities on speculation,” Stage said.

An edge on competitors

General aviation, or individual private pilots, are served by Emerald Coast Aviation, the airport's fixed-base operator. The company soon will break ground on a planned $600,000, 5,600-square-foot terminal building.

The airport has the latest instrument-guided landing technology, according to Lott. The full Instrument Landing System is supplemented by GPS and high-frequency omni-directional radio range. The combination allows aircraft to land “in almost any weather.”

Competing airports lack comparable systems, which gives Bob Sikes Airport a distinct advantage, Lott said.

"If we ever get into repetitive traffic, such as a FedEx-type package delivery company, which I see our airport eventually having, it would be essential," Lott said.

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