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Ascent Aviation plans first lease here of shop building

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The Arizona aviation services company expected to create a hundred jobs here by 2022 is making its first – albeit, modest – entry to the Roswell Air Center by leasing a building for storage.

David Querio, president of Ascent Aviation Services (Submitted Photo)

David Querio, president of Ascent Aviation Services Corp., said that the lease price for Building 100 at the Air Center makes sense for his company.

“The building was immediately available and priced at a price point where we could afford to rent it significantly in advance of its actual need to ensure that it was still available when we actually needed it,” Querio said.

The lease was one of several at the Roswell Air Center that members of the Roswell City Council Legal Committee decided should be considered by the entire City Council on Feb. 11. If the leases remain on the consent agenda as recommended, they all will pass when the City Council adopts the meeting agenda.

Under the pending lease agreement, Ascent would pay $19,200 a year, or $1,600 a month, for the 5,520-square-foot building. The lease term is for one year, starting March 1.

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Querio said the building would serve initially as a place to store equipment and materials while a wide-body hangar for its operations is being planned and constructed.

Once the hangar is completed — which has been projected at sometime around April 2022 — Building 100 could be used for the company’s ground support equipment division, Querio said.

Ascent Aviation is a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) company that works on all types of aircraft and has an interest in doing more aircraft conversion work, transforming passenger aircraft into cargo aircraft. It now operates at locations near Tucson International Airport and at Pinal Air Park in Marana, Arizona.

The company has announced plans to expand into Roswell at a new wide-body hangar to be built and owned by Western LLC of Colorado and to be located on city property at the Roswell Air Center. Ascent anticipates hiring as many as 150 mechanics and support staff immediately upon opening and up to 360 employees within five years.

Querio said the negotiations with Western LLC are continuing. He also said his company has established a New Mexico business entity, continues to work with Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell and Central New Mexico College of Albuquerque on the training and hiring of aviation mechanics, and is coordinating with “Roswell, Chaves County and State of New Mexico personnel to facilitate a seamless commencement of operations.”

Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 351, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.