Friday, September 3, 2010

Jet pilot to donate Friedman hangar

Airport Authority to consider proposal Tuesday

Express Staff Writer

Part-time valley resident Gordon Rosenberg uses Friedman Memorial Airport to fly his Citation jet for periodic visits between his home north of Ketchum and his home in southern California.

Rosenberg also has a 3,600-square foot hangar at Friedman whose lease expires this month.

Being a jet pilot and owning a hangar are not especially noteworthy. What is, however, is Rosenberg's age. He's 84.

And therein lies the making of a deal for Friedman.

Realizing his flying days will be age-limited in a few years, Rosenberg is offering to donate the hangar—valued at $200,000—rather than removing it (as he's allowed to do) and moving it to his California ranch.

The proposed donation will be discussed next Tuesday, Sept. 7, at the Friedman Memorial Airport Authority's monthly meeting.

Friedman Manager Rick Baird said Rosenberg would be allowed to rent the hangar from the airport for several months a year. In turn, Friedman could rent it to other aircraft owners for the remaining months.

Under the proposal, Rosenberg would pay $2,000 per month while using the hangar for his jet and personal cars.

Baird said the arrangement is "in the best interest" of Rosenberg and the airport. He said he would recommend that the Friedman Memorial Airport Authority accept the offer.

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