Category - General Aviation

Murfreesboro Municipal Modernizes With New Terminal

Murfreesboro Municipal Modernizes With New Terminal
Murfreesboro Municipal Airport (MBT) recently opened a new $4.5 million terminal to welcome visitors to one of the Top 10 fastest-growing communities in the U.S. With immense employment opportunities and a highly touted quality of life, this popular Tennessee city is attracting people of all ages and a variety of aircraft activity

Fitchburg Municipal Courts Bizjets With Longer Runway & 24/7 Fuel

Fitchburg Municipal Courts Bizjets With Longer Runway & 24/7 Fuel
Recognizing its airport’s potential as an economic magnet, the city of Fitchburg, MA, recently built a new runway capable of handling corporate jets. The $14.7 million project was backed and largely financed by the FAA. Fitchburg Municipal Airport (FIT) opened the new 5,001-foot runway in late May. It replaces a 30-year-old, 4,510-foot runway that had large cracks and was disintegrating in spots.

Ocala Int’l Builds New Terminal to Match Stride of Regional Growth

Ocala Int’l Builds New Terminal to Match Stride of Regional Growth
When general aviation customers taxi up to the new terminal at Ocala International Airport (OCF) in northcentral Florida, there is no doubt they’re in horse country. The stone-clad building is topped with a barn-style cupola, and the entrance from the ramp area is lined with small statues of jockeys.

Scottsdale Airport Opens New Aviation Business Center

Scottsdale Airport Opens New Aviation Business Center
Last November, Scottsdale Airport (SDL) inaugurated its Aviation Business Center, the centerpiece of a $27 million redevelopment project that also includes a veterans memorial and two new hangars. The 23,800-square-foot building replaces SDL’s outdated, underutilized terminal built in 1968.

Spartanburg Downtown Memorial Enhances Facilities With Runway Extension & Other Improvements

Spartanburg Downtown Memorial Enhances Facilities With Runway Extension & Other Improvements
South Carolina’s historic Spartanburg Downtown Memorial Airport (SPA) has undergone an extreme makeover of sorts in the last seven years to enhance its economic development role and help it better compete with neighboring airports. The multi-project effort was capped by a $30 million runway rehabilitation and extension that opened in October 2018.

Presque Isle Int’l Increases Connectivity With New Service From United

Presque Isle Int’l Increases Connectivity With New Service From United
A long-term effort to improve service for residents of Northern Maine has ultimately resulted in the award of commercial jet service by a legacy carrier to the recently rebranded Presque Isle International Airport (PQI).

Ohio State University Airport Unveils New Terminal/Flight Training Center

Ohio State University Airport Unveils New Terminal/Flight Training Center
What began as a 1942 military training facility and group of outdated buildings is now a modern general aviation terminal, fixed base operator and flight school all in one building. In August, Ohio State University Airport/Don Scott Field (OSU) opened its new $15 million Austin E. Knowlton Executive Terminal and Aviation Learning Center.

Fernandina Beach Municipal Opts for Airplane-Shaped Terminal Concept

Fernandina Beach Airport (FHB) didn’t simply build a new terminal to handle general aviation operations for Amelia Island, just off Florida’s northeast coast. The project team took a page from the community’s history book and designed the building to resemble the iconic 4FU Corsair aircraft that flew from the airport during World War II.

Northeast Ohio Regional Maintains Commercial Certificate to Support Economic Growth

In 1965, a forward-thinking businessman and aircraft operator named Robert Morrison marshaled local politicians and civic leaders to create the Ashtabula County Airport Authority for the purpose of developing an airport that would serve as an economic driver for Ashtabula County and northeast Ohio.

Wyoming Airports Band Together to Save Their Commercial Air Service

Wyoming Airports Band Together to Save Their Commercial Air Service
When Devon Brubaker began his job as manager of Southwest Wyoming Regional Airport (RKS) in spring 2015, many residents of the southwest Wyoming community were not even aware the airport offered service to major connecting hubs. Since then, his team has worked with SkyWest Airlines to create more affordable flights, supported by more effective marketing; and Brubaker is proud of the results.

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.


ACC: Rethinking Airport Resiliency in the Aftermath of COVID-19

Rethinking Airport Resiliency in the Aftermath of COVID-19

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, airports and their stakeholders are managing disruption unlike any previously experienced in the modern world. With an unprecedented decrease in aircraft and passenger traffic, growing economic stress, and further uncertainty ahead, airports require resilient financial and operational planning to ride out COVID-19 and to plan for the post-pandemic future.

Survival for airports requires re-prioritizing previously identified plans, exploring new ways to operate and fund airport operations, and learning from past experiences to improve an airport’s ability to succeed in the future. This guidance provides direction for airport operators and consultants, including planners and emergency management staff, on how airports can enhance resilience to weather the COVID-19 pandemic and prepare for future disruptions ahead.


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