A Baltimore, Md., dealer of high-end personal aircraft has expanded to more convenient facilities outside of its area at a time when many dealers are hunkered down and waiting for the recession to blow over. The expansion could be good news for smaller airports near large cities that offer a haven from complicated airspace and procedures.
Skytech Inc. was formerly based at Martin State Airport. Shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, airspace changes put Martin State inside airspace that required special procedures. That is no longer the case, but customers are still concerned about operating so close to the Baltimore-Washington, D.C., airspace with high penalties for accidental transgression.
Now they can go to Carroll County Regional Airport at Westminster, Md., that has one recently improved 5,100-foot runway, three instrument approaches, and unicom as a control frequency. Since Skytech is also the FBO, it can offer fuel and services to customers as well to further reduce the hassles involved with a visit.
Skytech has represented Piper aircraft since 1980, and offers the Cessna Caravan and the Pilatus PC-12.