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Aero-Tech, second-oldest business at Blue Grass Airport, downsizing, closing doors

Regular unleaded 87 octane gas is selling for $2.79 9/10 per gallon at the Dixie Value Mart Valero station, 150 Augusta Dr. in Lexington, Ky., Friday, October 17, 2014. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff
Regular unleaded 87 octane gas is selling for $2.79 9/10 per gallon at the Dixie Value Mart Valero station, 150 Augusta Dr. in Lexington, Ky., Friday, October 17, 2014. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff Herald-Leader

Aero-Tech Inc., a flight school and aviation services center that is the second-oldest business at Blue Grass Airport, is closing its doors, but it will remain in business with a different, more limited focus.

The business, which has been at 4330 Hangar Drive, will now operate as a "virtual" pilot education service that will concentrate on training more advanced pilots — those with at least one pilot certificate and, likely, owners of their own plane — and on administering licensing tests both on the ground and in the air.

Aero-Tech will no longer teach beginner pilots.

Arlynn McMahon, who runs the business with her husband, Charlie Monette, said the business had been open almost every day since 1971, and the two are ready for a break.

Aero-Tech opened right after Delta Air Lines came to Blue Grass Airport, McMahon said.

"Having a bricks-and-mortar business these days is not very cost-effective," McMahon said Friday. "This will allow us to do business without having bricks and mortar."

Beginning pilots can contact individual flight instructors, McMahon said.

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