Five Rivers Aviation, the sole business aviation ground handling provider at San Francisco-area Livermore Municipal Airport (LVK), has broken ground on its second phase of construction that consists of a 43,000-sq-ft hangar. The $9 million project at the six-year-old FBO is expected to be completed early in the fourth quarter.
This expansion will accommodate the latest ultra-long-range business jets and bring the Avfuel-branded facility's overall aircraft storage space to 68,000 sq ft. Planned third and fourth phases of development will more than double that total.
“The Tri-Valley business community has long been basing more offices and employees within arm’s reach of Livermore Airport,” said FBO owner Pete Sandhu, who added that many Silicon Valley companies have developed their own flight departments to facilitate long-distance management. “This development will meet some of their demand and reduce the amount of repositioning flights necessary to conduct business in Livermore and the Tri-Valley area.”
Situated outside the region’s fog belt, pilots heading to LVK and its 5,253-foot main runway often experience visual meteorological conditions when the rest of the San Francisco Bay area is socked in, Sandhu said.