Taiwanese airline to build flight school at Sacramento Executive Airport

Published: Tuesday, Mar. 12, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3B
Last Modified: Tuesday, Mar. 12, 2013 - 8:21 am

A Taiwanese airline plans to build a flight training facility at Sacramento Executive Airport, county officials say.

The first step in the process of establishing the flight school will take place today when the Board of Supervisors will be asked to approve a lease between the county and EVA Airlines.

The airline, which provides freight and passenger service to 40 destinations, could eventually invest $12 million to $15 million in the school, which would train up to 100 people.

"This is a great and exciting project," said Interim Director of Airports Rob Leonard. He said EVA Airlines wanted a West Coast location and chose Sacramento over several others in Northern California.

But before building its flight training facility, EVA Airlines must get approval from the Federal Aviation Administration, and that will require the airline to develop a curriculum and complete training of 12 to 15 students, according to a county staff report.

The airline will initially pay $1,833 a month to lease a building, until August, when it will use the whole building and rent will go up to $7,279 a month.

The eventual development of a larger flight school would be handled under a separate lease.

"This is the first step in what will be a long-term partnership," Leonard said. "Over the next few months, our staff will work with EVA and other stakeholders on a ground lease and other details for development of the project."

Classes will initially be open just to potential pilots for the company, but could be opened up later for anyone wanting training, Leonard said.

The county operates at four airports, including Sacramento International, and has been working on plans to expand. The flight training school is consistent with those plans, county officials say.

Call The Bee's Brad Branan, (916) 321-1065. Follow him on Twitter @bradb_at_sacbee.

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