OZARK, Ala. (WTVY) -- 53 aircraft call Blackwell Field home and the Ozark Airport is building a hangar to add 10 more aircraft.
Airplane tied down at the Ozark Airport
"If we're going to have aircraft on the airfield, we've got to have a way to provide maintenance so Mr. Bradley's building that," Ozark Mayor Bob Bunting said.
Blackwell Airfield already has Nowell Aviation Service the aircraft but with the addition of Bradley Aviation Service, city officials anticipate an increase of aircraft like this to visit throughout the Wiregrass for maintenance.
"You want people coming often to your airport,” Ozark Airport Administrator Denise Ellis said. “We've done a lot of stuff to make sure this is a user-friendly airport."
Trident Aircraft, a flight school, is one business expected to benefit from the additional aviation service.
"They came here with only one or two aircraft, but we couldn't handle the maintenance parts and now they're going to have five, six, seven, eight or ten aircraft. They're expanding," Mayor Bunting said.
He also says a big factor in the airport expansion is right next door at the aviation college.
"One of the absolutely double pluses that we have in the city is to have that Aviation College here to provide the workforce for the Wiregrass and aviation."
Bradley Aviation is planning to be up and running by the end of February.
The airport is expecting the 10-plane hangar to be completed mid-summer.
The airport will also profit more than $230,000 from fuel this year.