MOSS POINT, Miss. / March 11, 2022 / Aviation News – Southern Sky Aviation—the sole FBO at Trent Lott International Airport (PQL) of Pascagoula, Mississippi—is excited to welcome traffic as its runway reopens.
When the company moved onto the field in 2021, the runway was under construction and closed to aircraft over 50 feet. Since adding approximately four inches of surface asphalt to the 6,500-foot by 150-foot runway, Southern Sky Aviation can now welcome aircraft up to a Gulfstream or any Global, in addition to military aircraft up to a C-130.
The official ratings allow the runway to accommodate any single-wheel aircraft, double-wheel aircraft up to 196,000 pounds and double-wheel dual-axle aircraft up to 315,000 pounds.
While the runway was under construction, Southern Sky Aviation took the opportunity to upgrade its FBO facilities. This entailed making improvements to the existing 4,300-square-foot terminal building, including new branding, furniture, paint and lighting throughout the lobby, pilot’s lounge and restrooms for a fresh aesthetic and comfortable atmosphere. By adding the Sky Café, Southern Sky Aviation now offers guests a wide selection of breakfast and lunch options.
To streamline fueling services, the FBO acquired a fleet of refuelers, including a 5,000-gallon jet fuel truck, a 3,000-gallon jet fuel truck, a new avgas truck and a self-serve avgas station. Southern Sky Aviation will also install a new 20,000-gallon jet fuel tank in mid-March.
With its operations at the ready and its upgrades complete, Southern Sky Aviation looks forward to hosting a formal grand re-opening celebration for the public on April 13 at 10 a.m. CDT. The FBO will offer 10 AVTRIP Points per gallon that day. Additional details are forthcoming.
“Southern Sky Aviation is excited the runway at PQL has reopened,” said Darryl Brewer, Southern Sky Aviation’s president of its FBO division. “We look forward to sharing our freshly updated FBO with the aviation community and our team is ready to provide high quality services to all customers. We appreciate the efforts of Jackson County, the City of Moss Point and the airport authority in making this enhancement a reality.”
Southern Sky Aviation provides a full portfolio of FBO services and amenities that meet the needs of pilots and passengers, including: jet fuel and avgas during operating hours; 24-hour self-serve avgas and callouts for jet fuel; ground power units; a luggage cart; lavatory service; a crew car; secured vehicle parking; aircraft towing and tie-down; Wi-Fi; concierge services; a complimentary snack and soft drink bar; a café; coffee and ice; weather and flight planning; a conference room; and a pilot lounge and snooze room.
Southern Sky Aviation is an Avfuel-branded FBO, offering Avfuel Contract Fuel, AVTRIP rewards, streamlined transactions with the Avfuel Pro Card and comprehensively-trained staff with the Avfuel Training System.
In addition to its FBO at PQL, Southern Sky Aviation provides leading aviation charter, maintenance, management and sales services out of its Birmingham, Alabama, headquarters and aviation charter services at its Atlanta, Georgia, location. The company’s unique background in charter services means Southern Sky Aviation has a comprehensive understanding of the needs of pilots, planes and passengers. This translates into a highly-personalized FBO experience focused on exceptional care and services.
About Southern Sky Aviation
Southern Sky Aviation, LLC, is a full-service private aviation company offering aircraft charter, FBO, management, maintenance and sales. Southern Sky Aviation is headquartered at a private terminal at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport. For more information on Southern Sky Aviation, please contact (205) 703-9737 or visit www.southernskyaviation.com.