LONGMONT - Elite Aviation, a subsidiary of Conway, South Carolina-based Chippewa Aerospace, will take over May 1 as the fixed-base operator at city-owned Vance Brand Municipal Airport, providing support services for pilots and their general-aviation aircraft.

Elite will replace Twin Peaks Aviation and Air West Flight Center but offer the same amenities they did plus equipment installation, repair and maintenance services. Previously, the closest airport offering those services was Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in Broomfield.

Elite will have five to seven employees in the beginning but could triple or quadruple that in the next two years, according to a company spokesman.

The company's owners will meet with the Longmont Airport Advisory Board today to discuss their services and plans to build a terminal building at the airport, located west of Airport Road in the northwest corner of Longmont. That meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at City Council chambers, 350 Kimbark St., Longmont.