Waypoint Aviation at Lunken airport (KLUK) refused to release airplane until they charged 5 times their stated fees.
I was flying out of KLUK in July of 2019 when I struck my prop on takeoff.  I performed an emergency landing on the same runway.  Several fine pilots assisted me in moving the airplane to Waypoint Aviation because they were reasonable in their charges which were stated as $10/day.

I contacted my insurance company and gave Waypoint Aviation the contact information for the insurance company.  The insurance company had a difficult time finding a repair facility for the airplane; a single engine Van’s 9A.  I finally convinced the insurance company to allow me to retrieve the plane and allow the builder to fix the airplane. 

When I contacted Waypoint Aviation to let them know I would be coming, they explained to me that I needed to pay $4,494.50 for 89 days of tie down fees (which comes to $50/day) to retrieve the plane.  The general manager was not available and no one could adjust the charges.  I paid the charges upon arriving at Waypoint Aviation and when we went out to the airplane there was a pick-up truck parked in front of the airplane to prevent me from moving it.

I have called and texted Waypoint Aviation today in order to express my dismay at the inflated charges and the general manager will not return my calls.  I did contact my credit card company and they seem willing to file my dispute.  

This seems to be an incident where Waypoint Aviation saw an opportunity to take advantage of a pilot (or an insurance company) when the pilot was unable to move their airplane.  
8 Replies
Ronald Levy
1407 Posts
Was your plane tied down outside or hangered for the duration?
Ronald Levy,
it was outside.  
Dan
Ronald Levy
1407 Posts

Daniel Sullivan:
Ronald Levy,
it was outside.  
Dan

Then I think you deserve an explanation.  Getting the credit card company involved may increase your leverage.  Also, do you have any written agreement with them to support your position?  Beyond that, your next step might be to obtain advice of counsel.
Ronald,

Are we now at a point where we should ask for a written statement of charges when parking our aircraft?  I do have an e-mail from them stating the $10/day charge for single engine aircraft.

I think we all deserve an explanation. 

Dan

 
Ronald Levy
1407 Posts
Leaving a plane for three months isn't the same as overnight parking.  Beyond that, I think I have nothing further to offer.
Ronald Levy,

I usually get a discount for longer term parking.  What about you?

Dan