January 2012 Reporting Points from the Salina Airport Authority

SLN Airport Reporting Points
January 2012
In This Issue
<< ARFF station constrution on pace
>> SeaPort looking forward to 2012
<< Brockway earns third MCFI accrediation
>> Bridge program provides grads job opportunities
<< Lift

In the Spotlight

Ft. Riley Garrison Commander Col. William Clark and Deputy Garrison Commander Linda Hoeffner examine a regional airspace map during a tour of the airport and airport industrial center, January 20.

Col. Clark and Ms. Hoeffner got a look at just some of the training and basing facilities available in Salina and got a picture of what opportunities are offered in the area.

The Salina Airport Authority has a long history of support for the military. Located in close proximity to the Smoky Hill Air National Guard Weapons Range, makes the Salina Airport an ideal training location.

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  • We have had a mild winter with mostly good flying weather this season. Traffic is starting to pick up after the holidays.

  • We expect to see more helicopter traffic operating between the parallel runways. This is another reason to avoid having fixed wing aircraft in this area. West departures can expect to fly runway heading for at least a mile when there is activity between the runways or on runway 18/36.

  • The tower is fully staffed with six controllers for the first time in several months. All controllers are fully certified.

  • Pilots who would like to come to the tower for a visit please call Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to arrange a tour. We would be happy to show you around the tower.

Bruce Boyle



On the Flightline

A Burt Rutan-designed aircraft that spent 15 years hanging upside down in Mojave, Calif., is spending some time in Salina.

The one-of-a-kind Model 81, also known as the Rutan Catbird, landed in Salina on Friday afternoon, piloted by former Salinan Jim Reed, who went to work at Scaled Composites after being part of the GlobalFlyer mission as a student at Kansas State University at Salina.

Read more in the Salina Journal!

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From the XD's desk: The Impact of Special Events at Salina Airport


The New Year is off to a busy start with three significant events scheduled for the Salina Airport. The organizations coming for each event are taking advantage of the excellent airport facilities, central location and community hospitality.

From February 28 through March 23 Canadian Forces will return to Salina and use the Salina Airport and the Smoky Hill Weapons Range for forward air controller training. More than 85 Canadian soldiers and airmen will deploy to Salina.

Kansas State University Salina and the Salina Airport Authority will host the National Intercollegiate Flying Association's 2012 SAFECON competition from May 14 through May 19. More than 300 students from 30 colleges across the country will compete to earn a national championship for their school in addition to individual pilot honors.

For over 70 days the National Center for Atmospheric Research, NASA and the German Aerospace Center will deploy to the Salina Airport for an important scientific mission. From May 1 to June 30 over 130 scientists, technicians and pilots will operate three research aircraft out of the Salina Airport to collect samples and data for the Deep Convection Clouds and Chemistry Experiment.

These three events spanning four months will bring over 500 people to Salina for long term stays in our community. The combination of increased aviation fuel sales, hotel rooms and apartments rented and local purchases will add to an already thriving local economy. Most of all, Salina will benefit from the exchange of ideas and knowledge that our visitors will bring. The drive for excellence in training, education and scientific research will leave a lasting impression on Salina and Saline County for years to come.

Tim Rogers, A.A.E.

Executive Director

ARFF Station construction on pace

Construction of the Salina Airport Authority's new 10,000-square-foot, $2.5 million aircraft rescue and firefighting station is running right on schedule as we end the first month of the year.

"Thanks to great efforts by Randy Dean (of Miller-Stauch Construction, Inc.) as the project superintendent we've been able to keep a good work pattern between all the subcontractors to keep this project on time and budget," said Kenny Bieker, Salina Airport Authority manager of facilities and construction.

The precaste concrete panels are 100 percent complete. The next step will be roof decking and laying the interior concrete floor.

The project is on track to be completed in June.

SeaPort looking forward to 2012

McKinneyGreetings, Salina!

SeaPort Airlines is pleased to announce that our traffic in Salina continued its upward trend during 2011. We feel honored to have such a strong connection with the community and it would not be possible without the support of the airport staff, our valued customers and the entire community of Salina and Saline County.

Looking ahead to 2012, SeaPort Airlines plans to continue building our Salina traffic with a variety of promotional activities, including a second year of our "Food 4 Flight" holiday food drive, community Easter Egg Hunt, and participation in Salina Airport Authority's Candy Canes and Airplanes event. These are wonderful ways to help the community and thank our customers. Finally, I would like to thank all of our passengers. All of us at SeaPort enjoy going to work every day knowing that we can make air travel convenient for you as Salina's Hometown Airline.

Warmest regards,

Rob McKinney


SeaPort Airlines

Wildcat Corner: Brockway earns third MCFI accreditation


Troy Brockway, associate professor of aviation at Kansas State University Salina, recently renewed his Master Certified Flight Instructor accreditation for the third time.

One of 103 worldwide to earn the credential three times, he first earned this national professional accreditation in 2004 and has held it continuously since then.

Brockway, assistant chief flight instructor for K-State's aviation program, specializes in flight instructor training and is a volunteer Young Eagles pilot.

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Wildcat Corner: Bridge program provides grads job opportunities

Kansas State University and American Eagle Airlines and have formed a bridge program through which the university's pilot program graduates are guaranteed interviews with the airline.

The graduates must meet the same standards for American Eagle Airlines employment as other potential candidates, including a minimum GPA of 3.0 in their aviation courses and a minimum of 500 hours of flight time in aircraft, which must include 50 hours of flight time in multi-engine aircraft and 250 hours as pilot in command. They also must complete all phases of the interview process.

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The desire to fly is an idea handed down to us by our ancestors who, in their grueling travels across trackless lands in prehistoric times, looked enviously on the birds soaring freely through space at full speed, above all obstacles, on the infinite highway of air.

~ Orville Wright

There is no sport equal to that which aviators enjoy being carried through the air on great white wings.

~Wilbur Wright

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