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Lake in the Hills Airport could be home to new intensive flight instruction business

LAKE IN THE HILLS – Lake in the Hills Airport manager Michael Peranich said he’s hoping an intensive flight instruction business looking to rent space at the airport will help bring in more traffic.

Pilot Flight Training Courses, owned by Joe Standley, would cater to pilots who already have licenses and wish to obtain additional ratings or endorsements, according to village documents. The business would offer a 10-day course offering tailored flight lessons in the pilot’s own aircraft or an aircraft owned by the business.

Blue Skies Flying Services, located adjacent to the Lake in the Hills Airport, is the only other flight school near the airport, Peranich said.

“This one offers something a little bit unique,” Peranich said of Pilot Flight Training Courses. 

Mike Carzoli, President of Blue Skies Flying Services, Inc., said in an email that Blue Skies caters to new pilots as well as those looking for advanced ratings.

If approved by the Lake in the Hills Village Board, the two-year lease would require Pilot Flight Training Courses pay $300 a month rent the first year and $350 a month rent the second year, according to village documents. The lease will begin Friday.

Half of the rent for the office space would go to the village, and the other half would go to S&K Aviation, the company the Lake in the Hills Airport rents its space from since its office was demolished as part of the taxiway project.

An incentive program also could allow Pilot Flight Training Courses up to a $150 rebate a month on its rent, Peranich said. Rent would be discounted by $50 for each customer who rents a hanger for a minimum of eight nights, and discounted by $25 for anyone who rents a tie-down space for the same amount of time, according to village documents. 

The airport is not looking to become rich from the rent, Peranich said, but airport officials hope the additional traffic the business brings in will result in increased fuel sales, as well as hanger and tie-down rentals. 

“Those three combined are more valuable to us than any rent we would be receiving,” Peranich said. 

Plans for the business were discussed at the Lake in the Hills Committee of the Whole meeting Tuesday, and trustees are expected to approve the necessary items for the business to operate at their next board meeting, 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Lake in the Hills Village Hall, 600 Harvest Gate. 

Visit mypilotprogress.com for information on Pilot Flight Training Courses.

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