Northwest Flight Service lands a new hangar at Felts Field
Last updated 11/19/2020 at 11:58am
SPOKANE VALLEY – Northwest Flight Services announced on Nov. 10 that it has entered into an agreement with a development group, CRISTALL Holdings LLC, to be the sole tenant of a new 15,000-square-foot hangar building at Felts Field.
The site is east of the Federal Aviation Administration's control tower and was the previous location of the FFA Flight Standards District Office, which was demolished in January 2019. Northwest Flight currently operates out of three locations at Felts Field – their maintenance hangar at the west end of the airport, an aircraft storage facility on the east end and administrative offices near the Skyway Café.
"We're really excited to get our operation all under one roof," Northwest Flight Services owner Bill Ifft said in a Nov. 10 news release. "We'll be able to better serve our clientele in one location as opposed to running all over the airport when we need something."
Planning and permitting are underway, with construction completion targeted for June 2021. The development company, CRISTALL Holdings, LLC, is located East Rutter Way and involves Ifft - who lives in Medical Lake - as the registered agent along with 14 other individuals.
We appreciate CRISTALL Holdings' commitment to invest in the construction of a new hangar at Felts Field," Spokane Airport Board Chairman Ezra Eckhardt said in the release. "Additionally, the design elements of the new hangar complement the adjacent buildings and makes an ideal addition to the Felts Field flight line and Felts Field Historic District."
Established in 2011 as Aircraft Solutions, Northwest Flight Services is an award-winning company with a maintenance segment consisting of over 50 regular aircraft customers and is the region's only Cirrus Authorized Service Center. It also has a rental flight of aircraft consisting of one Cirrus SR20, three Cirrus SR22Ts, two Cessna 172s and an Icon A5 amphibious light support aircraft, along with 14 regular instructors who log over 2,400 hours per year in the aircraft.
Two of the instructors, Dan Arch and Tim Lewis, were recently recognized by Cirrus Aircraft for exceptional knowledge and skill and have achieved Platinum Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot (PCSIP) status. They are now two of only 90 PCSIPs in the United States, and help elevate Northwest Flight Service to a Platinum Cirrus Training Center, one of only 28 in the U.S.
According to the release, "Cirrus Platinum Partners are the best of the best among Cirrus authorized training partners, epitomizing premium quality service, exceptional training, outstanding support, state-of-the-art technical skill and most importantly, a commitment to our valued customers."
Formed in 1962 with a joint agreement between Spokane County and the city of Spokane, according to its website, the Spokane Airport Board "is vested with the responsibility of planning, financing, constructing and operating Spokane Airports" including Felts Field and Spokane International Airport.
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