Aviation View | Volume 2, Issue 1

109 AVIATION VIEW VOLUME 2, ISSUE 1 LAKE WALES MUNI C I PAL A I RPORT as engineers not being able to complete work. At the present time, all the plans that were laid out are being actioned concurrently. “Everything is happening all at once, now, which is a positive sign,” says Amanda Kirby, Airport Manager at Lake Wales Municipal. The airport is owned by the City of Lake Wales and operates as its own fixed-based operator (FBO). The facility operates with a small, yet very efficient team – who have had to put on a multitude of different professional caps, such as maintaining the 485 acres of land, client services, as well as runway lighting. “There are only two maintenance technicians on the field, which means they’ve had to learn more than their usual scope of skills,” says Kirby. Currently, there are no fuel truck services at the airport, but customers have access to self- serve. That being said, the new master plan has a provision for the acquisition of fuel trucks this year. The desire for hangars at regional airports is ever-growing and Lake Wales Municipal Airport is no exception. Currently, there are 35 people waiting for a space, with some phoning