Nez Perce County Airport Board to remove Lease Termination & Reinstate 10yr lease.

Nez Perce County Airport Board to remove Lease Termination & Reinstate 10yr lease.

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Branden Beier started this petition to Lewiston City Counsel & Nez Perce County Airport Board

We the community of the Lewis Clark Valley, as well as others who utilize the Nez Perce County Regional Airport, support Stout Flying Service.

We request a call to action of the Lewiston City Council to take into consideration the vast amount of community support Stout Flying Service has received, and urge the LWS Airport Board to reconsider Stout’s lease termination, or at the very least, propose a new lease that upholds similar terms.

Mr. & Mrs. Stout own and operate “Stout Flying Service”, the only locally owned Fixed Base Operator (FBO) commercial enterprise. They have operated at the Lewiston airport for the past 30 years providing aviation services, such as fuel and hangar space, to the General Aviation (GA) community. Not only do they provide a space for pilots to build community, camaraderie or simply grab a cup of coffee, they provide countless services to the airport itself. From Casino and Football Charters, to fueling options and airplane parking.

Ralph & Paula have been outstanding members of the community since 1983 and have stepped up countless times to make sure things run smoothly at the airport. Mr. Stout has always been a strong ally to the local Nez Perce County Airport and has always jumped in when there is a need for the community. When the Lewiston Airport lost Horizon Airlines and the direct flight to Boise, Mr. Stout (along with Stout Flying Service) worked diligently to offer a direct service for the community to fulfill that need. Just last week, when a Cessna attempting to land on the new runway had troubles and ended up off the runway, experiencing a propeller strike and other issues, who was out there immediately to help? Mr. Ralph Stout, of Stout Flying Service.

Bewilderingly, the very next day, the LWS Airport Board voted unanimously to terminate Stout’s 30 year lease.

The “lease violation” (issue of liability insurance) was rectified by Mr. Stout as soon as the error was discovered, and during this brief lapse in specific insurance, there were no incidents where it would have been required. Moreover, Mr. Stout purchased a $2 million dollar bond to cover said laps of liability insurance. Many professionals, businesses and community members are dismayed at the LWS Airport Board’s attempt to devastate a family's livelihood, in a time when air travel is already in a precarious position. This termination without offer of rectification is irresponsible and cruel. It is difficult to observe this situation without wondering if there are ulterior motives at work; as there are individuals involved in this situation that have, at the very least, a conflict of interest.

It is incredibly disheartening to see the LWS Airport Board terminate the lease of a local business with an exemplary history of community support, especially amid a pandemic.

The amount of taxes and income Stout Flying Service brings to the city that will be lost and not easily replaced needs to be given careful consideration. While there is competition in the field, the customer base that Stout Flying Service has acquired may not switch to their competitor. What then? Will they go to Pullman or Spokane as so many have due to the loss of Horizon Airlines. Will the airport lose more air service? To see another local business lost in these uncertain times would be a blow to Lewiston’s economy, and one more reason for our community to look outside NCA for their travel needs.

Myself, along with the undersigned, strongly encourage the City of Lewiston, Nez Perce County officials and Idaho State Legislators to see the value in Stout Flying Service’s dedication to our airport and the financial and community impact they provide. Again, we request this call to action of the Lewiston City Council to urge the LWS Airport Board to reconsider Stout’s lease termination and/or propose a new lease that upholds similar terms.

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