Northwest Flight Service, an aviation company that provides flight training, maintenance, management, and aircraft leasing, has a new home at Felts Field.
The company consolidated its operations, including administrative offices, into a 15,200 square foot facility that cost more than $2 million at 6311 E. Rutter Ave.
The site was once occupied by the FAA’s Flight Standards District Office, whose building was demolished in 2019.
The airline’s move to a new hangar allows for greater efficiency because it operated from three separate buildings at Felts Field, said Dan Arch, chief pilot at Northwest Flight Service.
The facility has 4,700 square feet of office space, including three briefing rooms, two flight simulators, a full-size classroom and conference room, and a 10,500 square foot maintenance and storage hangar can accommodate 10 single-engine aircraft.
“It’s a little better laid out for students,” Arch said. “Our students really love it.”
The new facility provides more space for more technology and classes, which typically consist of 10-12 students. Northwest Flight Service has between 80 and 100 students at various levels of training, Arch said.
Although Northwest Flight Service moved into the building in December, Cirrus Aircraft is hosting a grand grand opening of the facility on Thursday.
Spokane-based development group Cristall Holdings LLC leases the building to Northwest Flight Service. Baker Construction & Development was the contractor for the project.
Northwest Flight Service is the only Cirrus Authorized Service Center in the region. It has 14 aviation instructors.
Northwest Flight Service began operations in 2011 as Aircraft Solutions at Spokane International Airport.
In 2013, the avionics and maintenance provider added Northwest Flight School as a training and leasing division. The company moved to Felts Field in 2015 and was renamed Northwest Flight Service.