James Loomis to oversee FBO operations while city conducts nationwide search for new director

The City of McKinney has announced James Loomis will serve as Interim Director of the McKinney Air Center, the fixed based operator (FBO) that provides fuel and other services to aircraft at McKinney National Airport. Loomis began July 19.

Loomis is an Accredited Aviation Executive and has received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of Airport Executives, an award presented to airport executives in honor of an exemplary career and contributions to the airport industry.

“James has strong relationships in the aviation industry and is a highly respected leader with experience with municipal government that will be beneficial to the McKinney Air Center,” said Deputy City Manager Jose Madrigal. “This is already one of the area’s premier general aviation airports and we look forward to James elevating the airport’s success even further with his expertise and leadership.”

Loomis was previously the City Manager of Lubbock, Texas, until his retirement in 2016. He has worked for Lubbock since 2004, and before that held managerial positions at the East Texas Regional Airport and airports in Illinois, Alabama, Kansas, and Houston. Loomis has a master's degree in public administration from Central Michigan University and served in the U.S. Army from 1969 until 1983.

The FBO offers a wide variety of services including 24-hour fuel and ramp services, catering, courtesy crew cars, flight planning and weather facilities, on-site auto rental, private crew lounge, sleep room and showers, and U.S. Customs on-site.

Loomis is joining the FBO as it is experiencing new heights of success. In May, the FBO was named best in the nation in the 2017 Pilots’ Choice Awards by FltPlan.com for the fourth year. The Pilots’ Choice awards are voted by pilots and aviation professionals directly using the FBOs and provide the most accurate measure of the services provided. It was also named Top Star FBO and Top Regional U.S. FBO in the South Central region. Star award winners are determined using airport arrival data, votes received and on-field competition.

Loomis will work as Interim FBO Director while the City of McKinney conducts a nationwide search for a permanent Director.