Spring will bring a new general aviation facility to Craven Regional Airport (EWN) in New Bern, North Carolina.
The bid for construction of the 4,000-square-foot general aviation terminal was recently awarded to local contractor Brydge and Lee Inc.
The facility will house FBO Tidewater Air Services, Inc.
“The new facility will be twice the size of what we have now and will have amenities that general aviation pilots need, like space for flight planning, crew resting quarters, showers, a kitchen and a lobby,” says Kim Mallard, assistant manager at Tidewater Air Services.
The project is being funded through a $250,000 grant from the state department of transportation and about $630,000 from Tidewater for the building.
The airport was established in 1931 and known as Simmons-Nott Field, named for Senator F. M. Simmons, and Lt. Joel B. Nott, a Marine Corps pilot who was killed when his airplane crashed during an aerial demonstration the day the airport opened. During World War II the airport was used by the Marine Corps and known as Camp Mitchell. After the war the airport was returned to civilian use, and in 1988 became known as Craven Regional Airport.