For the second year in a row, McKinney Air Center, the fixed base operator (FBO) at McKinney National Airport, ranked in the top 10 in the Pilots’ Choice Awards competition, according to city officials.
McKinney Air Center was chosen as the No. 6 FBO in the country against competition with the largest and busiest FBOs, like Meridian located in Teterboro, N.Y., and Banyan Air Service in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. McKinney Air Center ranked fourth in the South Central Region, according to a city release.
McKinney National Airport’s air traffic control tower was ranked No. 1 in the country. The air traffic controllers at the airport, employed by Robinson Aviation, Inc., compete against all control towers in the United States, including those operated by the Federal Aviation Administration, the release stated.
“It is my privilege to congratulate both McKinney Air Center and McKinney Tower for their dedication and the honor they have bestowed on the city of McKinney and McKinney National Airport,” said Deputy City Manager Jose Madrigal in the release.
According to FltPlan.com, “With over 152,000 active, registered pilots, FltPlan users are the customers who frequent these FBOs and airports. FltPlan’s registered users cast a record number of votes in this year’s survey and the results reflect their favorites.”
“We are honored to once again be acknowledged by our customers. Our entire staff takes pride in providing excellent services at McKinney Air Center and McKinney National Airport,” said Mark Jaraczewski, general manager of McKinney Air Center, in the release. “Our customers will notice that McKinney continues to place an emphasis on the importance of both the FBO and the airport for our entire community.”
The city took over operations of the airport, including McKinney Air Center, in November 2013.