Family business faces possible closure after 70 years at Danville Airport

DANVILLE, Va (WDBJ)- For the last 70 years, the Rembold family has been running General Aviation at the Danville Regional Airport.

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General Aviation serves as the aiport's Fixed Based Operator (FBO) providing guest services, jet fuel, flight lessons, and plane rentals.

After being in business for so long, the company has being a part of owners Elizabeth and Mike Rembold's family.

"Mike's dad Paul Rembold started the business in 1948, our son worked here with us, and we have a grandson who's now starting to help out." said Rembold.

As they near retirement, the couple made a proposal to partner with Averett University and eventually allow their program to run the FBO.

"He felt like if he would work with Averett for two or three years, very closely, that it would be in good hands for him to leave,: said Rembold.

However, the airport commission recommended city council approve the proposal by North Carolina-based company Fly High.

Danville Director of Transportation Marc Adelman says Fly High had the best proposal on paper.

"The commission scored their proposal based on the criteria identified in the document to have the highest score compared to the other proposed received." said Adelman.

However, Tuesday night when council was supposed to vote on the new lease, they voted to continue the discussion.

"We feel like there's still a little hope left, we feel like that part of a positive move from the city council." said Rembold.

Council will get more details on each proposal during a special work session.

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