This FBO Is The Runway Leader

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In the intense competition to lure business aircraft traffic, FBOs offer all kinds of amenities to rise above the rest. Well, the new Million Air facility in Victorville, Calif. has all the leather couches, refreshments, flight planning rooms and other facilities one might expect in a destination that hopes to serve the lucrative Southern California market but it also boasts more almost three miles of main runway. The new FBO is at what is now called Southern California Logistics Airport but that 15,050-ft. runway was built by the Air Force to give fighter jocks in the Tactical Air Command plenty of room to operate when the facility was known as George Air Force Base. Those who were stationed at the once-bustling Cold War bulwark (it closed in 1992) will hardly recognize the place.

Million Air has given the Air Force–issue terminal building a $500,000 makeover with all sorts of luxurious amenities that serve a mix of military and private customers. And while the digs are nice, Million Air CEO Roger Woolsey says there's another good reason to consider Victorville when headed to busy SoCal. "This location offers an attractive alternative to those who would rather avoid the hassle and congestion of Los Angeles International Airport, the world's fourth-busiest passenger airport, and other regional airports," said Woolsey. "Completing this renovation brings us one step closer to shifting the facility's client base from almost entirely military to a more balanced mix that includes more business and private customers."