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Sumner airport sued by former fixed base operator

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The Sumner County Regional Airport Authority is being sued by the airport's former fixed base operator and its owner who allege they are owed up to $291,000 in compensation following the "premature termination" of the company's lease agreement earlier this year.

In the suit, filed in Sumner County Circuit Court earlier this month, Lebanon-based GTO Aviation and James "Mike" McCartney claim the airport authority refused to honor a "mandated" five-year extension of its contract when it expired in March.

"GTO Aviation earned profits averaging $3,000 to $4,000 per month while serving as the fixed base operator at the Sumner County Regional Airport over a period of seventy months and has been deprived of such continued opportunity by reason of the premature termination and breach of the agreement by SCRAA," according to the lawsuit.

The company, which had served as the airport's fixed base operator since May 2011, was informed in February that its lease agreement would not be renewed.

In addition to a monetary loss of between $180,000 and $240,000, the suit also claims GTO Aviation should be reimbursed up to $6,000 for fuel that was not paid for as well as up to $25,000 for terminal improvements made prior to the opening of Sky Burgers restaurant in 2016.

McCartney also says he is owed approximately $20,000 for serving as the interim airport manager from December 2013 until August 2014.

Airport officials did not respond to a request for comment by this paper's deadline.

A court hearing date for the lawsuit had not been set as of Tuesday.

The Sumner County Regional Airport Authority unanimously approved a multi-year agreement with the owners of Nashville Jet last month to be the new fixed base operator for airport in Gallatin. As part of the deal, the company will provide a wide range of professional aviation services for all based and transient aircraft that use the facility.

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