The Battle Creek Executive Airport at Kellogg Field (BTL)
Battle Creek, Michigan
In August 2020, the Battle Creek Executive Airport at Kellogg Field engaged our firm to provide ongoing consultation services for the day-to-day management of the airport. Over the past eight months, Aviation Director Lawrence C. Bowron has consulted with SBA on a number of strategic initiatives as well as general policy guidance. "Working with the team from Steven Baldwin Associates has been refreshing as they bring a tremendous amount of value and expertise to the on-going administration and operation of BTL," stated Director Bowron.
Battle Creek Executive Airport at Kellogg Field—previously known as W.K. Kellogg Airport—is located approximately three miles west of the City of Battle Creek. Owned and operated by the City of Battle Creek, BTL is situated on a 1,260-acre site and zoned for industrial use. In 2020, BTL was the third busiest airport, in terms of operations, in Michigan, following Detroit Metro and Oakland County Airports, respectively. BTL offers three runways, with the main one exceeding 10,000 feet.
The Airport is the base of operations for approximately 55 private tenants as well as Western Michigan University College of Aviation, the Battle Creek Air National Guard (federally designated as the 110th Attack Wing), Duncan Aviation, WACO Aircraft Corporation, FAA Battle Creek Flight Inspection Field Office, and Centennial Aircraft Services.
As a significant transportation, infrastructure, and economic asset to the community, stakeholders have been seeking new ways to leverage the Airport for even greater opportunities and to improve economic outcomes in Battle Creek and the region, as well as to increase the area as a destination for business and economic opportunity. Related to this, a new task order will help determine whether an alternative governance model would allow BTL to operate more efficiently and as a self-sustaining entity, providing a business focus on the entire region. Available models relevant to the Airport's needs and goals will be examined to determine if a new structure would be better able to provide the Airport with the flexibility and business nimbleness needed to grow the Airport and support regional economic development.
This work is set to commence shortly and will include review and assessment of the Airport's operations, structure, and financial condition. This will be followed by research and analysis on the types of governance models available to BTL, and the advantages and disadvantages of each with regard to BTL’s unique circumstances.
We are happy to serve the Battle Creek Executive Airport at Kellogg Field on this important project and look forward to our continued partnership. For more info about BTL, visit their website at FlyBTL.com.
One of our firm's core competencies and areas of expertise is governance review and transfer. In fact, SBA has performed a majority of the FAA approved transfers in the last 10 years. Many of our governance reviews are undertaken as specific tasks of larger comprehensive organizational reviews. Some examples of our governance consultation and transfer work include: Gerald R. Ford International Airport (MI), Cherry Capital Airport (MI), Syracuse Hancock International Airport (NY), Asheville Regional Airport (NC), St. Cloud Regional Airport (MN), Lynchburg Regional Airport (VA), and Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (NH), among others.
We have had several clients and consultations in Michigan alone, where our firm was the lead entity in drafting and securing passage of the legislation that created the legal framework for establishing Regional Airport Authorities in the State.
In summary, SBA has extensive experience and expertise working on airport governance review and has completed multiple successful FAA transfers. We look forward to discussing your needs regarding the governance review, assessment, and transfer process.