Gary airport agrees to settlement with Gary Jet Center
By Teresa Auch Schultz firstname.lastname@example.org August 11, 2014 2:24PM
Corporate jets sit inside of hangar III at the Gary Jet Center which just received LEED Gold certification in Gary on June 25, 2014. | Jim Karczewski/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 13, 2014 6:20AM
The Gary/Chicago International Airport Authority has agreed to pay $95,000 to the Gary Jet Center as part of settlement.
Wil Davis, owner of the Jet Center, said that the authority had also agreed to a specified time limit to meet certain standards.
The Jet Center sued the airport late last year over what it called unfair treatment. The Jet Center stood for more than two decades as the airport’s only business to provide mechanical services, including fuel, to airplanes.
However, the airport brought in a competitor, B. Coleman Aviation, last fall, and the Jet Center claimed in its lawsuit that the airport allowed B. Coleman to operate even though the company did not meet certain federal regulations, such as having a certain amount of building space or a certain amount of fuel on hand.
Davis blamed poor leadership by former board members and consultants and a lack of transparency in the airport’s contract with B. Coleman.
“I could have been treated much more fairly and openly,” he said. “I think everyone is aware it wasn’t right.”
Both sides filed a motion on Friday in the U.S. District Court in Hammond to dismiss the case. Although a settlement agreement was not available as of Monday afternoon, Davis said that the settlement created a minimum set of standards that both the Gary Jet Center and B. Coleman must meet and gave B. Coleman a certain time period to meet these standards. Davis did not know the exact date when that must happen but said it is sometime in 2015.
“I’m glad it’s all behind us,” Davis said. “We’ve got things to do, and let’s move forward.”
A representative for the airport authority could not be reached for comment Monday afternoon.