Pilots from near and far, now have a comfortable, state-of-the-art place to stop in our area. The facility is more than just an airport terminal.
It has taken a little longer than first expected, but the terminal at the Perry Foley Airport is now open.
The 2,040-square-foot building has a conference room, a flight planning area with wireless Internet, a snack area and restrooms.
Pilot David Parkes says it's nice to finally have such a facility in Perry.
“Pilots would fly in to service their aircraft. There basically wasn't anything here for them. At least now they have a comfortable place to go into, to relax a little bit before they go onto the next leg of their flight,” he said.
The terminal is also an emergency shelter.
"Hopefully we won't be able to test it, but this is the only Category 5 hurricane building in the county. It's also set up to not only be a terminal, but it's the back-up in case we need it, a back-up emergency management center," explained Taylor County Economic Developer Rick Breer.
The airport manager says if the terminal ever is used as a shelter, the conference room, which holds 50 people, would be used for emergency operations.
The building is self-contained with a backup generator.
The terminal was funded by the Florida Department of Transportation under the Rural Economic Development Initiative Program.