NC sponsors free wildlife hazard training sessions

Wildlife can wreak havoc for airports and their staff. Birds and other animals can damage planes on the ground or cause accidents by flying into the engines or roaming on airport grounds. To increase awareness of these concerns and to improve safety for all, the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation will offer free training sessions for airport personnel. [Read more…]

Think outside the pattern

Blogger Jolie Lucas encourages pilots to find those airports that offer a little something extra, like Pecos, Texas (KPEQ), which offers homemade burritos, chips and salsa or Beaumont, Kansas [O7S], where you can actually taxi into town. And she encourages airport officials to think outside the pattern: “We can all do a little something to make our airports attractive to guests,” she notes. “The fun factor helps increase goodwill and numbers of visitors.” Read her full post here.

Hangars for sale at KGEU

One of the larger hangars for sale.

Last month the Super Bowl brought more than airplanes to Arizona’s Glendale Municipal Airport (KGEU) — it also brought potential buyers for property located on the airport. At least that’s the hope of Brian Hufft, chief financial officer of Glendale Hangars.

Glendale Hangars is selling 103 hangars, along with a number of shade rows and 11 acres of open land for development on the south end of the airport, which is about 30 miles northwest of downtown Phoenix, Hufft explains. [Read more…]

Bringing more people out to the airport

A group of pilots are raising money to build a public observation area at Jack Barstow Municipal Airport (KIKW) in Midland, Mich., in hopes that the Midland Community Aviation Discovery Area will help more people feel welcome at the general aviation airport. According to a report from the Midland Daily News, the park-like setting would include an airplane body, tables, a shaded area and display boards that focus on aviation themes, the physics of flight, the airport’s layout, aviation communication, airport history and aviation facts. A website is expected to be created to supplement the information.