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Lebanon changes airport FBO

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I was told the levies had nothing to do with the criminal case and that the levies must be from some civil action against RediAir, Wright said.


RediAir was approved as the airports FBO in 2008. Wright indicated Sonny Belew owns 51 percent of the company and Heather and Kerry Bay were minority partners. Heather Bay oversees the airports day-to-day operations.


The account levies basically rendered the citys FBO incapable of operating. This breaches several provisions in RediAirs agreement with the city, that gives the city legal right to breach the agreement upon 60 days notice, Wright explained.


However, the airport will continue to be operated by the same personnel, and Bay will continue to oversee operations. Wright said the Bays formed Direct Flight Solutions, LLC in 2010 as a precaution in the event something happened to RediAir.


Direct Flight Solutions was authorized through the ordinance to act as temporary FBO, pending the 60-day notice. Wright said due to state and federal funding the airport receives, they could not shut the airport down. He also noted no one with the city was qualified to run its daily operation.


By doing this, there are no personnel or management changes and everything still goes on like nothing has occurred, Wright said.


He also noted the ordinance authorized a payment to DFS that would allow them to meet payroll for this week.


Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at phall@wilsonpost.com.

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