Bryan Council approves Coulter Field management contract
By ETHAN BUTTERFIELD
Eagle Staff Writer
The Bryan City Council approved a management contract Tuesday for the operation of Coulter Field with businessman Steve Discher’s American Flight Services.
The new contract, which will install Discher, a former corporate pilot, as the airport’s operator, will take effect on Wednesday, April 9.
The agreement, which was accepted by the council with four minor changes, got a strong endorsement from the president of the Coulter Field Advisory Committee, pilot Jay Anding.
“The advisory committee feels that this will bring about positive changes to Coulter Field, which in turn are positive changes for the city of Bryan,” Anding said Tuesday night.
Discher’s partners, Jerry Sprayberry and Stewart Thompson, are also local pilots. The three are business partners in American Cable Services, a fiber optics cable splicing company that works with local utilities.
Discher has been working to get the contract approved since last April. In the 11 months since the process started Discher has had plenty of time to think about the changes needed at the airport.
“Coulter Field has to be a dual-use facility,” Discher said. “It has to be a recreational airport on the weekends. And during the week it has to be a business airport. And that’s what we want to accomplish. We want to bring business into that area, and give them a place that they’ll want to come back to.”
Councilman Mitch Morehead, who had to abstain from the voting because his family keeps a plane at the airport, expressed strong support for the agreement.
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