Category - General Aviation

John C. Tune Airport Rebuilds Runway & Terminal in 2 Months

The Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority gave contractors 60 days to rebuild the runway and terminal at John C. Tune Airport (JWN), and collectively, they rose to the challenge. In order to provide numerous crews with around-the-clock access to multiple worksites, JWN officials closed the airport from June 1 to July 30, 2015.

San Jose Int'l Gains Second Fixed Base Operator

When Signature Flight Support opened a new $82 million corporate aviation facility at Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International (SJC) in early November, airport officials were thrilled to have a second fixed base operator on the field. They also viewed the new tenant as a larger symbol of what is and has been happening at the airport that serves California's Silicon Valley. One of the primary tenants at the new facility is Blue City Holdings, which represents the principals of Google. In fact, the company financed a significant portion of the hangar development, reports Signature.

Wayne Municipal Rebuilds After Tornado Destroys New Terminal Addition

Located near the center of "Tornado Alley," Wayne, NE, (population 5,500) has had its share of twisters. But the EF4 that roared through the tiny town in 2013 was especially cruel, damaging or destroying nearly everything in its path - including much of Wayne Municipal Airport (LCG) Stan Morris Field.

Villeneuve Airport Upgrades Airfield, Adds Facilities to Prepare for Growth

Persistence from local aviation investors and the closure of another nearby municipal airport have spurred unprecedented development at Alberta's Villeneuve Airport (ZVL). Located in a rural area northwest of Edmonton, the two-runway general aviation airport currently handles approximately 54,000 movements per year; but traffic is expected to grow over time.

Outagamie County Airport Builds Net Zero Fixed-Base Operation

Outagamie County Regional Airport (ATW) in Appleton, WI, significantly raised the industry standard for sustainable design and construction when it opened a new general aviation terminal last fall. Those involved with the project predict that the $3.6 million facility will be the nation's first net zero energy airport building. Currently, it's undergoing a full year of measurement and verification.

New Jetport Becomes Front Door to Tennessee Business Region

Cleveland, TN, is a small-town community with big-city business partners. What it didn't have was an airport capable of serving its partners' travel needs. But that recently changed, when Cleveland Regional Jetport (RZR) opened in late January, replacing the area's previous airport, Hardwick Field.

Aerospace Charter School Boosts Business at Lakeland Regional

Lakeland Linder Regional (LAL) in central Florida has all the markings of a typical general aviation/small commercial airport: repair shops, refurbishment centers and shuttle flights in Cessna 172s that load directly on the tarmac. But it also has two other elements that make it unique: the year-round headquarters for Sun 'n Fun, the industry's second largest fly-in, and Central Florida Aerospace Academy, a satellite high school for students interested in aviation and aerospace. Both enterprises have helped entice business to the airport, including two new flight schools, reports Airport

Grant County Regional Shares Terminal with U.S. Forest Service

Grant County Regional Airport (JDA) in John Day, OR, is setting new standards for joint-use facilities. With space for general aviation functions, public events and the United States Forest Service, its new $5.3 million terminal includes out-of-the-ordinary architectural features including helipad facilities for the Forest Service. Additionally, the entire operation was designed and built to meet environmental certification standards. "It was the first time the Forest Service and an airport have agreed on building a shared-use facility," reports Grant County Economic Development Coordinator

Page Field Transforms Its Facilities & Business Structure

The retro-looking terminal at Page Field (FMY) in Fort Myers, FL, belies the airport's otherwise modern character and non-traditional approach to business as a general aviation airport. A $32.6 million overhaul that spanned nearly two decades from planning to its recent completion transformed FMY from a deteriorating, debt-ridden facility into an updated, eco-friendly and financially stable reliever airport. Its terminal, however, is fashioned after a World War II-era structure, in tribute to the airport's military roots.

Chattanooga Metro Builds New General Aviation Facility to Spur On-Field Competition

For years, general aviation customers at Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport (CHA) longed for new service providers to help drive down higher-than-average fuel prices and hangar costs on the south Tennessee field.

Paulding Northwest Prevails After Spring Tornado

Less than two years after Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport (PUJ) officially opened its terminal doors, airport director Blake Swafford is leading the charge to reconstruct the "greenfield" general aviation facility that was destroyed by an EF3 with winds in excess of 165 mph.

Rooks County Consolidates Two Grass Strips into One New Airport

February marks the opening of the first new airport built in Kansas since 1989: Rooks County Regional. The new airport replaces two low-use grass airstrips in the cities of Plainville and Stockton with a paved runway on newly acquired property in between.

Myrtle Beach Int'l Invests in General Aviation Segment

With active general aviation traffic, Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR) could no longer route such passengers through a former Air Force base operations built in 1956.

South Dakota Purchases Weather Systems for General Aviation Airports

With traffic from air ambulances, game hunters, corporate executives and local fliers, South Dakota's general aviation (GA) airfields serve a wide variety of pilots; and state officials recognize the benefit of providing them with current weather information as they fly in and out.

Sugar Land Regional

From barbecue to football, residents in Texas like to say everything there is the "biggest and the bestest." Sugar Land Regional Airport near Houston, however, backs up the sentiment with stats and evidence.

Blue Grass Airport Welcomes World Equestrian Games With New Runway & Executive Terminal

Some people tidy up for special guests. Others go all out. Blue Grass Airport (LEX) in Lexington, KY, rolled out a new $27 million runway and $10 million in terminal enhancements to welcome arrivals for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, held at Kentucky Horse Park this fall.

Public-Private Partnership Lands College at Cecil Field

When U.S. Naval Air Station Cecil Field near Jacksonville, FL, appeared on the Department of Defense's Base Realignment and Closure list, the area's civil airport community eventually benefited. In 1999, the Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) took ownership of 6,000 acres and 1.1 million square feet of building space on the 17,000-acre airfield.

Greenville-Spartanburg Int'l Rebuilds a Greener FBO

When a storm destroyed the general aviation terminal at Greenville-Spartanburg International in 2007, the local aviation commission didn't hold a grudge against nature. If fact, it resolved to build the most Earth-friendly, environmentally sensitive building possible, within economic reason. What it got was a facility currently being considered for silver or gold level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

Wheeler Airport Builds New Hangars to Meet Private Aircraft Demand

The Kansas City Aviation Department faced quite a conundrum a few years ago - what to do about its general aviation facility, Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport.

Branson Jet Center Exceeds Expectations

When plans began for the Branson Airport (BKG), general aviation traffic and a fixed base operation (FBO) to support it were not on the radar, says Sharon Morris, the airport's aviation services manager.

Style and Function Equally Important at First Aviation's New Complex

First Aviation's former facility wasn't really an ugly duckling, but its new $63 million complex easily qualifies as a beautiful swan. Stretching the length of three football fields along the south side of Teterboro Airport, its multi-story glass-front terminal punctuates the New Jersey horizon.



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