Eastern Iowa Airport Invests in Business Aircraft Hangar

Nov. 19, 2013

As part of an infrastructure improvement project that got underway this month, Clinton Municipal Airport (CWI) in Iowa is adding a new hangar for business aircraft up to Cessna Citation X size, as well as a new terminal building, with the support of federal and state funding.

“Clinton is representative of Iowa, which is full of entrepreneurial cities, but which are sometimes without robust airline service,” said NBAA Central Region Representative Bob Quinn. “These cities have companies, and sometimes branches of major companies, that need somewhere to land. Clinton has invested in the suitable qualities needed for a business aircraft. Investing in facilities for midsize business aircraft makes sense.”

Clinton Municipal Airport officials had long been considering adding a hangar and a new terminal building, according to airport manager Mike Nass.

Previously, business aircraft operators parked on its 200-foot by 600-foot apron. If they needed additional accommodations, Nass said, they would likely fly in to Moline, IL, about an hour’s drive southeast.

The new 10,000-square-foot hangar, which will be attached to the new terminal building, will be able to accommodate a Cessna Citation II and a Cessna Citation X, or four Cessna Citation IIs, simultaneously — meaning that Hawkers, Learjets, and other similarly sized aircraft will fit as well, Nass said.

One Cessna Citation II, owned by a local business, will be based there.

Hangar construction is being funded by $150,000 from the Iowa Department of Transportation (plus an additional $54,000 from the Iowa DOT for design work), and $75,000 from the Clinton County Development Association. The city has bonded the remainder.

The $900,000 new terminal building, paid for by a $637,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation and city bonds, is being constructed east of the existing terminal building. Nass said that at 3,200 square feet, the building will be slightly smaller than its predecessor, but will make better use of the space.

Construction at Clinton Municipal Airport should be complete by March or April, 2014, though Nass said it’s likely the new spaces will be operational before that time.