LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A California company that owns a jet that has been sitting at Lincoln Airport for about 3½ years intends to put the corporate aircraft back into flying order and have it moved, the company's president said Monday.
The plane's long stay at the airport led airport officials in January to adopt a new policy that requires a fee of $50 a day on any aircraft that remains past its 30 days of free parking. The policy went into effect March 1.
The previous owner of the plane, CPH Aircraft in Newport Beach, Calif., had the jet flown from Santa Ana, Calif., to Lincoln in September 2009 for maintenance at Duncan Aviation, the Lincoln Journal Star reported (http://bit.ly/WO275R ).
Duncan spokeswoman Lori Johnson told the newspaper that, "due to many unforeseen circumstances, it did not leave at that time." A representative for CPH Aircraft didn't immediately return a call Monday from The Associated Press.
The current owner listed in FAA records is Mojave Jet Group, of Beverly Hills, Calif. Its president, Eric Haymes, said the 1981 Canadair CL-600 Challenger has not been abandoned. Haymes said his company intends to return the twin-engine jet to flying condition and remove it from its airport parking spot.
David Fisher, of Western Aviation in Houston, told the Journal Star that, depending on the condition of the jet's engines, it could sell for around $150,000 and was "a parts-out candidate."
Haymes declined to say when his company acquired the jet or what steps will be taken to get it back into the air. He emphasized that the plane won't be sold for parts.
Airport Executive Director John Wood said the airport will take legal action if the owner doesn't pay the parking fee within 30 days of billing.
Haymes said he'd just learned of the new airport rental policy. He declined to discuss what his company would do about the bill but also said he hadn't talked to airport officials about it.
Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, http://www.journalstar.com