Between 2015 and 2021, the following airport improvement projects were completed:
To better illustrate identity, location and product, Hernando County Airport was renamed Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport & Technology Center. The new name also reflects its evolving status as an advanced manufacturing and technology business address.
With the new name came a new logo. In distinctive blue and gray, it features the official three-letter airport identifier, BKV.
Airport Master Plan Update
Updated every 5-10 years, an airport Master Plan is a blueprint for long-term airport development. Some key goals of Master Plans include a graphic site representation, including anticipated land use; an approximate development schedule; a realistic financial plan to support development and public input. Government agencies require current Master Plans of public airports to qualify for funding.
Fixed Base Operator Ramp Rehabilitation
American Aviation, BKV’s full-service Fixed Base Operator (FBO), has been in business for decades. Design and construction of the aged apron area was completed in 2016. The pavement reinforcement ensures accommodation of larger, heavier aircraft.
Radial Road Realignment
To better accommodate access to business locations on the southwest portion of the airport, Radial Road was realigned.
Sam Pearson Roadway Realignment
Sam Pearson Way is the main entrance to BKV. From Spring Hill Drive, it is a straight north-south roadway, crossing Aviation Loop Drive and Flight Path Drive, terminating at the Airport Administration Building. Mid-way, it includes a new mailbox kiosk area with parking. Its former configuration was slightly to the west and included a split of two one-way roadways west and east of the WWII artillery gunnery backstop landmark.
Airport Monument Sign
At the main airport entrance, on the corner of Sam Pearson Way and Spring Hill Drive, a new monument sign reflected the rebranding.
In addition to signage and roadway realignment, the BKV main entrance delivered heightened curb appeal with decorative palms, grasses, and other Florida-friendly plantings.
New to BKV in 2016, THE Bus, Hernando County’s public transit system, built covered bus stops and established a route to accommodate BKV users.
T-Hangar Design and Construction
To meet demand by aircraft owners and users, a supply of four new, larger aircraft hangar buildings were added to the airport’s east side. The new T-hangars boosted inventory to seventy-six total, including eight dome hangars. The hangars are currently at full occupancy and the airport maintains a waiting list until additional hangars are constructed.
Airfield Signage Improvements
To improve navigation and guidance among aircraft operators, new, bright directional signage was upgraded and replaced. While taxiing upon arrival or preparing for take-off, better signage improved wayfinding for pilots.
Taxiway surface markings were changed to state-of-the-art high visibility labeling.
Primary Runway Instrument Landing System (ILS) Replacement
A mainstay radio navigation system for pilot landing assistance, the Glide Slope and Localizer was replaced with a new system.
Airfield Lighting and Electrical Improvements
Pilots benefit from the design and construction of a variety of airfield lighting and electrical improvements completed in 2017.
Runway 9 MALSR Replacement
In addition to the ILS Replacement in 2016, the Medium Approach Lighting System with Runway (MALSR) Alignment Indicator was replaced in 2018.
New Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Truck
A key safety factor for aviation businesses and pilots is the presence of an on-airport fire station. BKV is not only home to a new ARFF Truck housed at on-airport Hernando County Fire Station 14, as of 2021, it is also the headquarters of Hernando County Fire Rescue leadership.
Taxiway B Rehabilitation
Though the airport, in operation since 1947, was built to last, concrete runways and taxiways eventually show signs of severe wear. Taxiway B was the first at BKV to be rehabilitated. Taxiway A and C rehabilitation projects were completed in 2020.
Airplane Self-Fueling Facility
To provide pilots a fueling alternative to the FBO’s full service, BKV built a self-service facility and parking area on the airport’s east side, near the T-hangars and runway 3-21.
Stormwater Improvements to Corporate Air Park, Phase II
As part of infrastructure development, stormwater improvements were made on the airport’s west side to prepare the land for development.
Taxiway A Rehabilitation and Paving
The 8,704-foot long, 75-foot wide, full-length taxiway parallel to primary runway 9-27 was concrete and built in 1942. Over time, it had deteriorated with evidence of joint and corner spalls. This major rehabilitation project included milling the concrete surface and overlaying it with four inch-depth asphalt mix pavements.
Helicopter Drive Improvements
Helicopter Drive, which continues east from the Army Air National Guard facility, was finished and fully paved. Fronting the American Aviation Flight School, it terminates at the 10-acre primary runway-adjacent build site optimized for a Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility.