Biz Buzz: Jet center gets off the ground

Aviation Consultants Inc., which provides aircraft management and private jet charters at the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport, has broken ground on a corporate jet center.

Company President William Borgsmiller said work will begin on the estimated $10 million project in early January.

“It won’t look like there’s a lot going on until then,’’ he said. “They’re supposed to be grading on Jan. 4. Between now and then, they’ll be setting up trailers and putting up some temporary fencing.”

The 80,000-square-foot center will be completed in phases, Borgsmiller said. The first phase, the central office and terminal facility, will be about 55,000 square feet. Next, a 29,000-square-foot hangar, with an additional 6,000 square feet of shop space, will be built.

Borgsmiller hopes the improved center will “raise the bar” at the airport in terms of facilities and service for private aircraft.

“It’s a $10 million project, which is a decent-size project for this area,’’ he said. “It allows us to go forward with our expansion plans. We’re looking to expand our maintenance business. And part of it is having adequate room for the business we’re already doing.”

— Julie Lynem

Paso Robles Shorin-Ryu Karate is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Owners David and Michelle Rogers of Paso Robles are fifth- and fourth-degree black belts, respectively, in karate. In 1999 they began teaching traditional Okinawan ShorinKan Karate and Kobudo weapons classes by leasing facilities at the Boys & Girls Club of North County.

They have grown from teaching 12 to more than 160 pupils, and in 2003 opened a 2,000-square-foot Dojo, or training hall, at 1336 Railroad St. in Paso Robles.

In addition to traditional classes, they offer a “Lil’ Dragon” program for children ages 3 to 7 and provide karate programs for the recreation departments of Paso Robles and Atascadero.

— Julia Hickey