One year ago there was a serious land dispute between Tropic Air, the Feinstein Group of Companies and the Ministry of Lands. Tropic stood to lose millions, since they had already started construction of a massive facility on the land under dispute. It went to Court and was settled behind closed doors, and now Tropic Air’s new, state of the art facility is nearing completion. Grief spoke to us briefly about the dispute, and also took us on a tour of the new building which lies just next to the runway.

John Grief III , President, Tropic Air

John Grief III

“Tropic thought it had leased a piece of land legally and it turns out that the lands department by their own admission had mistakenly sold a part of the land to someone else. It was controversial for us because it was the expansion of our maintenance facility. We are now one hanger bay to maintain one airplane at a time and we have a fleet of fifteen. Clearly that is not acceptable, we were trying to expand that five times to five maintenance bays so we thought it was something urgent and we needed to get it done so we were relentless in getting this controversy resolved which it has been, it has been resolved to our satisfaction. And as you saw the building is almost finished.”

Reporter

“In a nutshell, can you basically tell me, can you basically give me a rundown on what this building will be used for?”

John Grief III

“Well we’re about five hundred feet south from where we were speaking in the terminal building. This is a five bay hanger facility so as you look behind you every one of these indentation is for the nose of the airplane and then we have a high roof so the tail of the airplane can fit under. So our mechanics can work on five airplanes here and our original hanger, six airplanes at once. So they will do a much better job, it will have much better lighting, much better ventilation, much more protection from the elements than we had previously and it is desperately needed.  And that is why we were so upset over the controversy over the land which we now occupy. Since we already have this huge foundation in we decided to move our executive offices upstairs. So my office, all the accounting, all the operation enter of the airline, the flight planning, the dispatching of  flights will all take place in this building here.”

The building is scheduled for completion at the end of June.

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