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Sheltair Aviation’s New Republic Airport Complex Greets Its New Aviation Tenants

Additional new space welcoming prospective aircraft owners as construction moves ahead on three more hangars

Sheltair Aviation is proud to roll out a new solution for operators looking for a home base in the Northeast: a 144,000 square-foot, $55 million-dollar FBO hangar complex at historic Republic Airport (FRG) in Farmingdale, New York. Located just minutes from downtown Manhattan via convenient helicopter service, Sheltair FRG offers tenants a private, stress-free option for business in the major metropolitan area.

With splashes of sunlight filling their spacious hangar floors, each new facility offers 31,000 square feet of floor space, 4,000 square feet of office space, 28-foot door heights, generous ramp space, and dedicated vehicle parking.  On what was once part of an historic defense complex, the entrance to the Sheltair complex is exclusive and secure for tenants and their guests.

Sheltair’s decision to make a multi-million-dollar investment at Republic Airport reflects several strategic factors. Location: Republic sits under the New York metropolitan area’s economic umbrella and a short helicopter ride away from Manhattan, allowing general aviation aircraft uncongested access to one of the most important business markets in the world. Need: Corporate aviation has long expressed a desire for Sheltair to expand its FRG footprint with new state-of-the-art buildings. Government Support: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has long appreciated the importance of general aviation and successfully advocated on behalf of a series of pro-business, pro-aviation initiatives.

Todd Anderson, Sheltair senior vice president for real estate and development, said, “A tremendous amount of time and effort has been invested in the design and construction of these facilities. For example, unlike most hangars, thermal pane windows just beneath the roof line allow natural light to flood the space. While the facility is obviously heated, so, too, are the hangar door tracks to ensure winter ice and snow can’t impede operations. Energy efficient features are found throughout the design, and the administrative spaces are capable of being configured to meet the unique needs of each tenant.”

Sheltair’s chief operating officer, Warren Kroeppel, said, “These first three of what will be six hangars reflect decades of experience in what works when ensuring the most efficient use of space for tenants. However, what can’t be put in a blueprint is the level of service offered by each and every Sheltair Aviation employee. You can put all types of amenities into a building but it still comes down to an individual commitment to excellence.”

Leasing opportunities are still available 

While space is still available in the new Sheltair complex, two-thirds of the hangars have already been fully leased.

Among the aviation tenants that have already taken up residence in the new Sheltair complex is Zenflight, which operates a unique private “club” of corporate aircraft based around the country. Given the amenities and operational sophistication of Sheltair’s new hangars, Zenflight has made Republic its corporate headquarters.

Mr. Malte Lorenz, president of Zenflight, stated, “We have long recognized Republic Airport’s location is important for many of our clients, so when Sheltair completed these 21st  Century hangars, we wanted to be first in line to secure space. However, in addition to modern aviation hangars, their design was so attractive it compelled us to locate our administrative office at this location, maximizing efficiencies and allowing us to keep jobs on Long Island.”

Sheltair staff will be on hand at EBACE in booth E89 to discuss FBO services and hangar space at FRG, as well as throughout its network of 18 premier FBO locations. Those not attending EBACE, but wishing to take advantage of remaining space at the new Republic facility, should contact April Converse at [email protected].