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Check These 8 Things Before Flying Into A New FBO

Flying somewhere new is exciting. But do you know enough about the FBO where you're planning to keep your airplane?

1) Hangar Space

Does the FBO have hangar space available? What are the pricing options?

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2) Fuel Prices

How do fuel prices compare to other FBOs on-field or at nearby airports?

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3) Rental Cars or Courtesy Cars

Does the FBO have rental cars or courtesy cars available? The last thing you want is to show up and not have any access to transportation!

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4) Accessibility and Location

Is the FBO close to town? Or should you fly into another airport?

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5) Hours of Operation

If you're planning to arrive late or depart early, make sure to check the hours of operation so you don't get stuck behind a tall airport fence!

6) Amenities

What amenties does the FBO offer? Are there lounge rooms, food options, and flight planning rooms?

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7) Maintenance Services

The last thing you want happening is to get stuck with a broken plane with no mechanics nearby. What maintenance options does the FBO have?

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8) Landing Fees and Overnight Prices

For most pilots, cost is the biggest factor. Are there any landing, parking, and overnight fees?

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What's the best FBO you've ever flown into? Tell us about it in the comments below.

Swayne Martin

Swayne is an editor at Boldmethod, certified flight instructor, and an Embraer 145 First Officer for a regional airline. He graduated as an aviation major from the University of North Dakota in 2018, holds a PIC Type Rating for Cessna Citation Jets (CE-525), and is a former pilot for Mokulele Airlines. He's the author of articles, quizzes and lists on Boldmethod every week. You can reach Swayne at swayne@boldmethod.com, and follow his flying adventures on his YouTube Channel.

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