Lexington Gets Ready for WEG: New Terminal for Private Planes at Blue Grass Airport

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You're not going to recognize Lexington's homey little Blue Grass Airport if you arrive by plane for The Games. Yet another transformation took place yesterday when TAC Air, a division of Texas-based Truman Arnold Companies, cut the ribbon on a new 12,000 square-foot executive terminal at the ever-growing airport off Lexington's Versailles Road. The terminal will be used for pilots and passengers of private planes flying in and out of the airport. Apparently, they are expecting a lot of these for WEG.

The horses grazing across the road at historic Calumet Farm must wonder what's up. This is a big building.

After a ceremony attended by the mayor and airport officials, Kip Simanek, TAC Air's Lexington general manager, detailed some of the building's amenities. "We have every service you would expect in a world-class executive terminal ? and then some. A high-definition movie theater, exercise facilities, wireless printing from laptops and smartphones, showers and a pilot lounge with private sleep rooms.

"In addition to pilot amenities, the passenger waiting lounge is flanked with high-definition television programming and can be partitioned for VIP privacy. The terminal also features two conference rooms and an art gallery featuring works by local artisans."

TAC Air has also opened 45,000 square feet of new hangar space in time for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Even after the Games are over, the hangar space is expected to be a draw to Lexington when it competes with other airports for spillover traffic from regional horse-related events such as the Kentucky Derby.

TAC might sound like its services are out of the league of the average passenger traveling through Blue Grass Airport, but think again: TAC provides the fuel for all passenger flights out of Lexington. You wouldn't get out of town without TAC.

TAC Air's web site also states that it is the "preferred provider of fixed base operations" for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

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