Spring 2011 Reporting Points from the Salina Airport Authority

SLN Airport Reporting Points
Spring 2011
In This Issue
<< Economic impact exceeds 10000 jobs, $353 M
<< SeaPort offers flexibility to Salina
>> CAV Aerospace displays FIKI Baron at Sun 'n Fun
<< K-State to offer summer pilot certification classes
>> SIFE headed to nationals
<< Salina Airport awarded Medal of Excellence
<< SeaPort hosts afternoon coffee
>> Swanson, Airport receive
>> Lift: Pilot's Problem v. Mechanic's Solution
<< Patriot Business Program to kick off in Salina

Employee Spotlight

The Salina Airport Authority Board of Directors has always been an easy place to find the town's "movers and shakers," and the two newest appointees are no exception.

The Airport Authority is pleased to welcome Daran Neuschafer and Jeff Maes to the board.

Airport is nothing new for Neuschafer


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Community service is nothing new for Daran Neuschafer, owner of Daran Neuschafer, Inc., of American Family Insurance, and the Airport Authority is happy to have him on the team.

Neuschafer has been ppointed to the Airport Authority Board of Directors for a term of three years and began his tenure March 1 as the board's secretary.

"I became familiar with the Airport Authority while serving on the Chamber Executive Committee," said Neuschafer. "I already have a good understanding of what is going on at the Airport Authority, so I don't think the learning curve will be too steep. I also wanted to stay involved in Economic Development and the Airport Authority Board offered that."

Recently ending his time on the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors where he served as the 2009 chairman, Neuschafer comes to the Airport Authority with long history of local and state board and volunteer positions. He has served on boards for the Salina Education Foundation, Bank VI, K-State Golf Course Management Research Foundation, K-State Alumni, Salina Community Theater, Site Council for Meadowlark Ridge and Lakewood, Volunteer Connection and more.

Like father, like son


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On April 26, 1965, M. J. Kennedy became the first chairman of the Salina Airport Authority Board of Directors. Two decades later his son, Thomas J. Kennedy joined the Board his father had founded and served as chairman for a year as well.

It may have been the first time but it wouldn't be the last.

In 1995, James C. Maes began his six-year tenure on the Salina Airport Authority's Board of Directors. Now, 16 years later the Maes name reemerges as ComPro Reality President Jeff Maes follows in his father's footsteps on the Airport Authority Board.

"Dad was proud to have been appointed," Maes said. "Through his years he always spoke highly of Tim Rogers. This Board in particular is one of the more influential boards in town and is very effective and highly professional."

Maes works with the Smoky Hill Residency Program, is a member of the Salina Board of Realtors and serves as the vice chairman of Salina Family Health.

"I've always held the Airport Authority Board in very high regard," he said. "Dad was proud to have been appointed and to serve and I feel the same way."

He will serve for a term of three years and began his tenure March 1 as the board's treasurer.

Tower UpdatesControl Tower

We are happy to finally see some warm weather again. However, we are also entering the thunderstorm season. Expect to hear some hazardous weather advisories on the ATIS. Pilot reports are welcomed.

Our newest controller, Tim Morrison, was certified in early March. He comes to Salina from the Cheyenne, Wyoming tower. He is an active pilot who owns a Cessna.

We would like to thank all the pilots who sent back their survey reports. The feedback was very positive and we really appreciate the effort.

Bruce Boyle

Manager, KSLN Federal Contract Tower

On the Flightline

Mar 28, 2011 - A Boeing 787 'Dreamliner' conducts test operations at the Salina Municipal Airport. The long-range, mid- size, wide-body, twin engine jet airliner seats 210 to 330 passengers depending on the variant and is Boeing's most fuel efficient airliner.

Control TowerSalina to Memphis

& back

for as low as $168

with no charge for parking


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SeaPort AirlinesControl Tower

PC-12 interior.

At comparable prices, if you could cut your travel time in half, and not have the general hassles of the full airport experience, wouldn't you do it? Hassle free, convenient, affordable, and most importantly-FAST. This is a new option in business and leisure travel.

SeaPort offers daily scheduled flights in the Northwest and Mid-South like the old airlines, but with a notable absence of what makes flying today slow and miserable. How?

  • No TSA hassles at any of our locations.
  • Affordable fares.
  • Our own private terminals.
  • Arrive 15 minutes before your flight, even with check-in bags.
  • Free airport parking. (Mandatory Valet in Portland)
  • Complimentary shuttle service to and from the main terminal in Portland, Memphis & Kansas City.

Commercial air travel in today's climate is difficult at best. The airports are becoming more crowded, have longer lines and with the tighter budgets, speed and convenience seem like a thing of the past. Until now.

The way travel was meant to be, with all the conveniences of private air travel, but without the big price tag. Isn't it about time?


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From the XD's desk:

Support our hometown airline

SeaPort Airlines started service for Salina and Saline County residents one year ago with the assistance from a U.S. Department of Transportation Essential Air Service Program contract that subsidizes the airline's operations. The airline's owners and management have consistently stated that their goal is to reduce the need for a federal subsidy and become self-sustaining in the market. SeaPort needs our support in several key areas to reach their goal to become a profitable airline providing excellent and much-needed scheduled air service to our community.

First, SeaPort needs continued support from the members of the Kansas Congressional delegation. Senators Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran and Congressman Tim Huelskamp are working together to make improvements to EAS legislation. Several proposed changes will enable SeaPort to more effectively offer local residents access to our national air transportation. The delegation recognizes that Kansas communities need air service for economic viability.

Second, SeaPort needs communities with EAS contracts coming up for renewal to be receptive to the SeaPort business model. It is possible for SeaPort to grow and offer excellent service to other Kansas EAS communities and become their hometown airline as well.

Third, we need to fly SeaPort. The very best EAS program, community support and Congressional advocates are for nothing if local residents do not fly SeaPort. SeaPort offers incredible customer service, low fares, dependability, a comfortable aircraft, service to Kansas City, Branson, Mo. and Memphis, Tenn., online ticketing, comfortable lobbies and a commitment to become each community's hometown airline. What's not to like?

With local support measured by people buying tickets, Seaport will be successful and less dependent upon federal subsidy. Our community will benefit and continue to be a preferred place to live and work. The residents of Salina and Saline County need to support their hometown airline now more than ever.
Tim Rogers, A.A.E.
Executive Director

Economic impact exceeds 10000 jobs, $353 M

Salina, Kan., (February 9, 2011) - When Schilling Air Force Base closed in 1965, it took with it more than 5,000 jobs and an annual payroll of what translates today to more than $83 million in payroll. Despite this crushing blow, a January 2011 study by the Center for Economic Development and Business Research, W. Frank Barton School of Business, Wichita State University finds the community thriving on the former Air Force base property, thanks to strong

partnerships and planning.

At the request of the Salina Airport Authority, the CEDBR analyzed the economic impact of the Salina Airport and Salina Airport Industrial Center activity. The group also analyzed the impact of military activity at the Salina Airport and in the Saline County region, as well as that of direct operations of Kansas State University.

Economic Impact Press Conference

SAA photo.

"We submit data related to all business, military and university-related jobs and activities (for direct impact data)," said Salina Airport Authority Executive Director Tim Rogers, A.A.E. "Then WSU applies multipliers (to calculate indirect impact data). Jobs in manufacturing will lead more jobs in the community. Jobs for retail sales, real estate transactions, automobile purchases, groceries are all needed to support the other jobs."

Today, the total employment impact of the Salina Airport and Airport Industrial Center exceeds 10,000 workers and more than $323 million in annual payroll. Net tax impacts are estimated at nearly $16 million when combining impacts to Salina, Saline County and Kansas. Taxes to the city of Salina exceed $2 million while taxes to Saline County are more than $1.5 million. The state of Kansas realized more than $12.1 million in net taxes.

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SeaPort offers flexibility to fit Salina

SeaPort Airlines has a long reputation of departing early if all passengers are accounted for and ready to go, but when a group of local officials booked the 7:30 a.m. flight and left three hours early, they may have set a new record.

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SeaPort Airlines.

The flight was booked weeks prior to their March 7 flight and completely filled with Salina representatives whose final destination was Washington, D.C.

"Salina community leaders will meet with our congressional delegation and share with them those federal policy issues and initiatives most important to Salina's future," explained City Manager Jason Gage before hopping aboard the Pilatus PC-12. "It also provides an opportunity to learn more about the federal legislative process and to build important relationships which have a long-lasting, positive impact on our community."

A week before the flight, SeaPort officials checked the passenger list and let the group know if they wanted to leave earlier it wouldn't be a problem.

"Had we had additional passengers on the 7:30 flight we'd have had to figure something else out," explained SeaPort Operations Manager Cullen Krause. "One of the benefits of SeaPort is that we have the ability to be flexible and work with the community on short notice to accommodate Salina's air travel needs."

SeaPort Airlines' convenience and flexibility not only saved the group money, but allotted them an extra day to use in Washington instead of on travel.

Flying on SeaPort to Kansas City and then catching a flight with a different airline to Washington, the group saved themselves a three-hour car ride in each direction, parking fees and a whole lot of headaches.

SeaPort added a plane to the regular flight schedule to accommodate the group as well as other passengers for their return to Salina.

"We are fortunate to have SeaPort as our travel option," said Gage. "Their aircraft is comfortable and their convenient arrival and departure schedules are not only affordable, but match up well with the frequent flyer's travel needs. SeaPort is truly an asset for Salina."

CAV Aerospace displays FIKI Baron at Sun 'n Fun

CAV Aerospace photo.

CAV Aerospace Inc. will exhibit a Beechcraft Baron with flight into known ice (FIKI) capabilities at Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In & Expo in Lakeland, Fla. March 29 through April 3. The Baron 58's ice protection features CAV's proprietary weeping wings TKS™ system.

"Even though we are coming out of the winter icing season, CAV Aerospace is available year-round to install our proven ice protection system in a wide variety of general aviation aircraft," said CAV President Kevin Hawley. "Now is the perfect time to schedule an upgrade when we can work around customer schedules."

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K-State Corner: K-State Salina to offer summer pilot certification classes

KSUS Kansas State University Salina's aviation program will offer pilot certification classes for the public this summer.

The classes provide an opportunity for anyone 16 or older to receive pilot training for college credit. Summer students can earn private, instrument, commercial, or certified flight instructor ratings in airplane or helicopter, or a multi-engine airplane rating during the summer term.

K-State Salina's flight training program is FAR 141 approved.

For more information or to enroll in the summer certification classes, contact K-State Salina Admissions at 785-826-2642 or admiss@salina.k-state.edu.

SIFE headed to nationals

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Kristin Scheele, Intern

The Kansas State University Salina Students In Free Enterprise team made headlines once again. On March 18, 34 teams from across the region traveled to Dallas, Texas to compete for a champion position to advance to the national level. The K-State Salina SIFE team was named one of the two champions in their league and has advanced to the national competition, May 10 to 12 in Minneapolis Minn.

"This is a great accomplishment for our team," said Kristin Scheele, team president. "We did our best performance at regional's, it felt great. We are all excited to be going to nationals in May."

In the past seven years SIFE has competed in seven regional competitions and has advanced to the national competition four times.

"We take this competition very seriously," said Kristin Scheele, team president. "The team has worked hard all year long and this is our time to shine. We show up in our business suits, a smile and a passion for business. We show them what the K-State Salina SIFE team is all about."

With the support of the K-State University, the Salina Community along with strong advocates of SIFE creates a legacy that allows the K-State Salina SIFE team to thrive.

Salina Airport awarded Medal of Excellence

Medal of Excellence

SAA photo.

The Salina Airport Authority staff was awarded the Federal Aviation Administration Central Region's Medal of Excellence for having no Part 139 discrepancies or items for correction.

The medal is awarded to airports that have no discrepancies during the FAA airport certification inspection and no vehicle pedestrian deviations during the previous 12 months.

"You should be very proud. It's quite an accomplishment to receive one of these medals," said FAA Central Region Lead Airport Certification Inspector Mike Mullen. "The airfield looks great, especially for this time of year. Your records are great. You guys have a tremendous staff of very knowledgeable and experienced people. That is how you maintain your airport in compliance with FAA Regulation Part 139."

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SeaPort hosts afternoon coffee


Photo by Kristin Scheele.

Kristin Scheele, Intern

SeaPort Airlines President and CEO Rob McKinney hosted a mid-day coffee break for Salina-area residents, February 25 at Moka's Bistro and Bakery.

Attendees took a break from the harsh winter weather, as the aroma of coffee filled the bistro. Guests were treated to coffee compliments of SeaPort Airlines and six lucky winners walked away with free round-trip tickets anywhere SeaPort flies.

McKinney discussed SeaPort Airlines and the many services and conveniences they offer. McKinney said he enjoyed hearing all the kind words and suggestions the residents of Salina had to offer.

Moka's was filled to the brim, showing the support the Salina community has for its hometown airline and the opportunities they are providing the community. SeaPort Airlines is excited for the possibilities of the future and is encouraged by the backing of the local community to provide the best service possible.

Swanson, Airport receive Awards

GFOAThe Salina Airport Authority has been awarded its 16th Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for its comprehensive annual financial report.

The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and its management.

"Receiving the GFOA Certificate is an achievement standard that the Airport Authority has set for its financial reporting," said Manager of Administration and Finance Shelli Swanson. "This standard helps us reach our goal of delivering timely financial information to our decision makers, creditors and other stakeholders that is accurate, reliable and in conformance with governmental accounting standards."

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Lift: Pilot's Problem v. Mechanic's Solution

P = The problem logged by the pilot.
S = The solution logged by the mechanic.

P: Left inside main tire almost needs replacement.
S: Almost replaced left inside main tire.

P: Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough.
S: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft.

P: No. 2 propeller seeping prop fluid.
S: No. 2 propeller seepage normal. Nos. 1, 3 and 4 propellers lack normal seepage.

P: Something loose in cockpit.
S: Something tightened in cockpit.

P: Autopilot in "altitude-hold" mode produces a 200-fpm descent.
S: Cannot reproduce problem on ground.

P: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear.
S: Evidence removed.

P: Transponder inoperative.
S: Transponder always inoperative in OFF mode.

P: Suspected crack in windscreen.
S: Suspect you're right.

P: Number 3 engine missing.
S: Engine found on right wing after brief search.

P: Radio switches stick
S: Peanut butter no longer served to flight crew

P: Funny smell in cockpit
S: Pilot told to change cologne

P: First class cabin floor has a squeak
S: Co-pilot told not to play with toddler toys in cabin anymore

Patriot Business Program to kick off in Salina

Patriot Business

The Salina Military Affairs Council will hold a kickoff party for the Patriot Business Program April 14 from 4 to 6 p.m., at Legends Sports Bar and Grill, located at 2110 W. Crawford in Salina.

The Patriot Business Program offers businesses a way to market directly to the military while offering servicemembers and their families an easy way to identify those businesses that support them.

"When I was in the Marine Corps, the weekend after we got our paychecks we'd drive hours out of town to shop at businesses we knew offered a military discount," explained MAC Public Relations Chair Melissa McCoy. "This program is simply a way to make identifying those businesses easier and more uniform."

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