Local Airport – A Great Landing for Skilled Trades

Exciting projects are underway at St. Lucie County’s Airport. Superintendent E. Wayne Gent and others participated in a groundbreaking event for the MRO (Maintenance, Rehab, and Overhaul) Hangar.  This facility will have the capability to house full-size jetliners for maintenance and overhaul — very positive for our county and for students working toward aligned industry certifications.

County MRO Hangar Facts

  • The last new commercial construction at the airport was two manufacturing buildings on Industrial 33rd in 1980. The last new building constructed by the County was Fire Station 4 in 2008. The last new hangar was constructed by our fixed base operator in 2008 – a 12,000 sq. foot aircraft storage hangar.
  • The hangar and site has been carefully designed to house a 737 or A320 and an Embraer 175 undergoing maintenance activities at the same time.
  • The hangar will be the 2nd tallest structure on the airport at 59.5 feet – the tallest being the Air Traffic Control Tower at over 60 feet. It will feature over 32,000 sq. /ft. of space including more than 27,000 sq. /ft. of hangar area, 3,000 square feet of office space, 1,600 square feet of shops space, and a 600 sq. /ft. fire room. The adjacent apron is large (150 ft. x 190 ft) and a perfect complement to the hangar.
  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the median salary for an aircraft mechanic is over $60k per year.