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Business Observer Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022 7 months ago

Airport names new official for fixed-base operations

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Byron Gray has more than two decades experience in general aviation.

NAPLES — Aviation industry veteran Byron Gray has been named director of FBO Services at the Naples Airport, a newly created position.

Gray will direct and plan all FBO (fixed base operator) activities, including customer relations, aircraft servicing, ground handling, office/flight support facilities and ramp management associated with flight activities, according to a statement. Gray stepped into the role in December, as the Naples Airport Authority completes its $7 million general aviation terminal remodel.

Gray has more than two decades experience in the general aviation industry. Most recently national sales manager for a national fuel supplier; he has also held leadership positions with several internationally known FBO chains.

“We are delighted to add Byron to our team,” Naples Airport Authority Executive Director Chris Rozansky says in the release. “His experience directly overseeing individual fixed base operators as well as being part of national FBO chains will help him strategically guide Naples Aviation into future success and provide our customers with the exceptional airport experience they’ve come to expect from Naples Aviation.”

Home to flight schools, air charter operators, car rental agencies and corporate aviation and non-aviation businesses, Naples Airport is also a central location for public services, including fire/rescue services, mosquito control, the Collier County Sheriff’s Aviation Unit and other community services. All funds used for the airport’s operation, maintenance and improvements are generated from activities at the airport or federal and state grants from aviation-related user fees. The airport receives no local tax dollars.

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