March 2012 Reporting Points from the Salina Airport Authority

SLN Airport Reporting Points
March 2012
In This Issue
<< Rogers receives Distinguished Service Award
>> SeaPort Airlines donates $5K in flights to KU Med
<< Excellence in Concrete Paving award goes to apron rehab project at KSLN
>> SeaPort to hold open house, prizes to be given away
<< Search and Rescue, UAVs team up
>> SeaPort to host Easter Egg Hunt for flights
<< Ascension to offer Cirrus SR22T Aircraft
>> Shappee earns MCFI accreditation for 6th time
<< Lift

In the Spotlight


The Salina Airport Authority is pleased to announced Angela D. Coble as the newest member to the board of directors.

Coble, an associate attorney at Kennedy Berkley Yarnevich and Williamson, Chartered, has been appointed to the board for three years and will serve as board treasurer for the first year.

"I appreciate being able to serve the community in this capacity," Coble said. "I'm looking forward to learning more about the airport and the role it play in the community."

No stranger to community service, she also serves on the boards of Salina Family Health Care and the Salina Area Emergency Food Bank. She is a 2009 graduate of Leadership Salina.

"It's different from anything I've done before," she said of the airport authority board. "I'm always up for a learning experience."

Tower Updates
Control Tower

  • Even though the Canadian F-18's have departed, we have been busy with above average traffic counts. March 2012 airport traffic count will be well above March of 2011. Upcoming airport events will be occurring in April and May so we will stay busy. We are happy to see the activity.

  • We enjoyed the Airport User's Meeting on March 17th. Everyone had the opportunity to sit in an F-18 and take a tour of Hangar 600.

  • We are entering that time of year where thunderstorms could be a factor in our daily flying. The SLN controllers have completed proficiency training for dealing with these storms. We will make every attempt to inform you, the pilot, about hazardous weather conditions and pilot reports. Remember, the pilot has the final word.

That is all for now. Happy Flying.

Bruce Boyle





Internship Opportunity

The Salina Airport Authority is looking for a motivated and enthusiastic intern dedicated to learning with an interest in airport management.

The Airport Authority welcomes applications from Kansas State University at Salina upperclassmen majoring in Airport Management, Technology Management, Professional Pilot, Aviation Maintenance and Engineering Technology. This unpaid internship has a flexible area of study ranging from overall management of the airport to a study of one specific department such as operations, facilities, administration and finance, and public affairs and communications.

More Information>>>

On the Flightline


A long way from home, a Coast Guard UH-60 T Jayhawk stops to refuel at America Jet.


ARFF Station Update


Crews have prepared to pour concrete for the west drive of the Salina Airport Authority's new aircraft rescue and firefighting station.

"This month they poured all the floors, installed the interior block walls, framed the walls for the south end and installed the garage doors," explained Dave Nease, lead firefighter.

Despite an entire week of rain, construction of the ARFF station is still on track.

KAA Airport Scholarship

Each year, the Kansas Association of Airports (KAA) awards a $1000 scholarship. The Fred A. Tupper Airport Scholarship is awarded to students attending college or other post-secondary institutions obtaining an education in the field of aviation. It may also be awarded to personnel at airports for continuing education or training that promote education and awareness in the airport profession.

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From the XD's desk: SeaPort Airlines has earned local support


SeaPort Airlines started service for Salina and Saline County residents two years ago with assistance from a U.S. Department of Transportation Essential Air Service Program contract. Recently, Seaport was awarded a new four-year contract beginning April 1. The renewal assures Salina and Saline County residents of continued scheduled air service for the foreseeable future. A four-year contract will allow SeaPort to make long term plans for marketing and service improvements for our market.

Seaport has earned our community's confidence and support. The airline has re-established local confidence in small community air service by delivering on promises made two years ago. SeaPort promised low fares, comfortable aircraft, reliable service and excellent customer service. Testimonials from local travelers and community visitors are the proof that SeaPort is the airline that delivers as promised.

This week SeaPort president, Rob McKinney will spend three days in Salina celebrating the airline's new four year contact. His schedule includes meetings with civic clubs, an After Hours event, a meeting with top Salina and Saline County business leaders, media appearances and presentations of air travel vouchers to local non-profits. Rob is an airline president who truly cares about his company's partnership with our community and has committed valuable time to meet with current and new SeaPort customers this week.

SeaPort's success will continue as more area residents choose SeaPort Airlines for air travel. Seaport has earned my confidence and support. SeaPort will continue to win over more new dedicated customers over the next four years

Tim Rogers, A.A.E.
Executive Director

Rogers receives Distinguished Service Award


Salina Airport Authority Executive Director Tim Rogers, A.A.E. was honored when he was presented with the American Association of Airport Executives Distinguished Service Award at the AAAE annual South Central Conference, March 26.

The Distinguished Service Award is one of AAAE's highest levels of recognition. Men and Women receive this award as a reflection of outstanding accomplishments in their professional and personal lives. Respected leaders of their own communities, these men and women also contribute to other aviation organizations, serve AAAE and its chapters and participate in civic and community affairs. DSA winners exemplify the best in airport management by continually bringing credit to the profession and the aviation community. All DSA winners are Accredited Airport Executives and exemplify the standards accreditation seeks to inspire, according to the AAAE website.

"I'm overwhelmed," said Rogers. "It's a wonderful recognition by the AAAE for contributions to the airport industry and the Salina Community."

Some the many significant contributions Rogers was recognized for include; the establishment of the AAAE U.S. Contract Tower Association and the development of a multi-year, multi-modal comprehensive transportation plan for the State of Kansas.

Since 2008, he has been a member of the Kansas Governor's Military Affairs Council. His commitment and leadership has led to growth of military training activity at the Salina Airport and Airport Industrial Center. This growth and development has resulted in the establishment of the Great Plains Joint Training Center, which has quickly become the premier location for joint force training for military units.

In March 2010, Tim was awarded the first-ever Kansas National Guard Patriot Medal "for providing immeasurable support to the Great Plains Joint Training Center and Kansas National Guard."

Rogers' leadership resulted in the City of Salina economic development grant awards to Kansas State University at Salina for the establishment of the K-State Salina UAS Program Office. The local grants have enabled K-State to secure more than $4 million in additional UAS R and D grants and contracts.

"This DSA helps me reflect on my mentors over the years and that professional association participation and community service are a significant part of an airport executive's job," he said.

What was instilled in Rogers by his mentors as an up and coming airport executive, he continues to pass on through the airport management internship program at the Airport Authority.

"We've had the good fortune to meet some young individuals that are up and coming," he said of the program. "And these individuals are the airport executives of the future. Here with us today is Sean McIntire. He is a graduate of K-State and a former intern of ours. Today I am honored to present him with his AAAE Certified Member pin."

McIntireHaving completed the Airport Management program at K-State Salina and an airport management internship at the Salina Airport Authority, McIntire found his calling at the Wichita Airport Authority as their airport operations officer.

"I feel extremely privileged to have Tim as a mentor," said Sean McIntire, C.M. "He introduced me to the AAAE and I would not be a Certified Member without the guidance from him and his staff."

SeaPort Airlines donates $5K in flight vouchers to KU Med


(March 14, 2012) - Amber Baxter, SeaPort Airlines customer service representative, hands over more than $5000 in flight vouchers Dr. William Cathcart-Rake, director of Kansas University School of Medicine's Salina campus.

"It means a lot to us to have SeaPort Airlines support," said Dr. Cathcart-Rake. "Our students and staff often travel between Salina and Kansas City. SeaPort makes those trips more productive and less expensive for us."

No stranger to donations, SeaPort offered up more than $30,000 in flight vouchers and cash in 2011 for various contests, drawings charitable organizations and programs.

Excellence in Concrete Paving award goes to apron rehab project at KSLN

Guard Apron

(March 3, 2012) -The Kansas National Guard Army Aviation Support Facility #2 Helicopter Maintenance Facility Apron Rehabilitation at Salina Municipal Airport was awarded the best Portland Cement Concrete Pavement Airport Overlay Project constructed in the State of Kansas in 2011.

The project and companies and agencies involved in the planning, design and construction of the project were recognized at the Missouri/Kansas Chapter, American Concrete Pavement Association Annual "Excellence in Concrete Paving" awards luncheon during their 32nd Annual Portland Cement Concrete Pavement Workshop on March 1-2, 2012 in downtown Kansas City, Mo.

The apron rehabilitation project involved the use of unbonded concrete overlay technology to construct the project quickly, efficiently, and economically. The project design called for cold milling the existing asphalt pavement overlaid concrete apron and installing a 1" asphalt pavement separation layer and 6" concrete overlay jointed at 8-foot centers.

Of additional note is that the project was constructed during the winter months with the aid of ground thawing heating units which protected the concrete from the cold temperatures allowing proper curing and strength development to take place. The project also involved reconstruction of the parking lot and entrance road with concrete pavement.

The companies/agencies involved with the project included:

Contractor: Pavers, Inc.

Designer and Engineer: Alfred Benesch & Company

Administration: Salina Airport Authority

Owner: Adjutant Generals Department

SeaPort to hold open house, prizes to be given away


You are invited to SeaPort Airlines Open House on Wednesday, April 4 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the M.J. Kennedy Air Terminal, 3237 Arnold Avenue.

Meet Rob McKinney the President of SeaPort, learn about the airline and partnership opportunities for your business.

There will be door prizes and refreshments will be served!

Search and Rescue, UAVs team up

Salina Airport Authority Aircraft Rescue Firefighters Mitch Pounds and Alan Mason participate in a joint training exercise with Salina firefighters at Crisis City's open house, March 24. This exercise simulated an overturned semi trailer leaking gas. Salina firefighters were tasked with stopping the leak while SAA firefighters stood ready with foam.

A tornado had demolished a small town 10 miles southeast of Salina, Kan. Hundreds of people were missing; trapped in vehicles, buildings, and piles of rubble, thrown into trees and onto surrounding structures. Hazardous material was leaking from a building in the center of town.

The sounds of saws tearing through concrete and metal filled the air as search and rescue teams from around the state came together to begin the process of locating and saving their friends, neighbors, and total strangers - working as a team alongside a firefighter they had never met from a squad 200 miles from their own station.

Men protected by HazMat suits worked on the best strategy to determine the location and chemical makeup of the threat they had to neutralize. Another team conducted a wide-area

search to look for victims that may have been carried into the nearby countryside, the weight of the mud caking their boots making each step of their 6-mile trek a little more difficult than the one before. The K-9 unit helped with the search, notifying their handlers when they caught a scent.

Meanwhile, an unmanned aircraft system soared overhead, providing valuable real-time data to incident commanders.


SeaPort to host Easter Egg Hunt for Flights

SeaPort Airlines will hold their second annual Easter Egg Hunt for Flights at Oakdale Park at 10 a.m. on April 7.

Children age 10 and under are invited to search for eggs filled with toys, candy, and other goodies. A grand prize, the Golden Egg, will be available for each age group; it will grant the holder and one accompanying parent a round trip ticket on SeaPort Airlines.

Participants will be divided into three age groups: children 4 and under, children 5-7 years old, and children 8-10 years old. All children must be accompanied by a supervising parent that is responsible for their child during the event. Children 4 years and under will be required to have a parent on the field with them at all times. SeaPort Airlines staff will be available to direct the hunt and answer questions.

Attending parents will also get a sneak peak at an upcoming promotion that will really knock their socks off!

Ascension Air to offer Cirrus SR22T Aircraft

(March 14, 2012) -Ascension Air is offering three new fully equipped 2012 Cirrus Aircraft SR22Ts to individuals and pilots through its fractional ownership program. These top-of-the-line airplanes include the most sought-after options in today's general aviation market.

Ownership of these loaded SR22Ts will be surprisingly affordable to pilots looking for a chance to take part in this exciting opportunity. The cost is less than ownership or lease of a high-end automobile. Ascension offers a full-service fractional ownership experience for approximately $10,000 down and a flat fixed cost of approximately $2,000 a month, including hangar, insurance, scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, and concierge services.

"We are so excited to have partnered with Cirrus Aircraft. This is an opportunity for individuals and corporations to benefit from the most advanced, capable and luxurious aircraft in general aviation: the new 2012 Cirrus SR22T. At Ascension, we make it our business to provide the experience of owning the best new aircraft at the most affordable cost," said Ascension President and CEO Jamail Larkins.

Ascension's new 2012 Cirrus aircraft include 60/40 FlexSeating in the backseat. The feature offers a third, over-the-shoulder seat belt allowing for a fifth passenger, if at least two are children; 10 more pounds of useful load; three-position recline; LATCH child seat restraint system; and 60/40 fold down seating.

In addition to the new 2012 features, Ascension's SR22Ts come equipped with other Cirrus hallmarks such as Cirrus Perspective™ by Garmin®, TKS Flight Into Known Icing (FIKI) by CAV Aerospace, Electronic Stability and Protection (ESP), Enhanced Vision System (EVS), air conditioning and the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS™).

"We are very pleased to welcome Ascension Air as a valued fractional ownership partner in the Southeast. Ascension will be exclusively using new 2012 Cirrus aircraft, and in fact, Ascension is the business launch customer for our latest model," said Cirrus Aircraft Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing Todd Simmons.

"The Ascension fleet comes equipped with the very latest features including seating for five, Flight Into Known Icing certification and, of course, the whole-airframe parachute. Ascension has our strongest support as it brings this new personal and small-business travel alternative to the market place," he added.

For more information on Ascension's fractional ownership opportunities, visit ascensionaircraft.com


Shappee earns MCFI accreditation for 6th time


Eric Shappee, associate professor of aviation at Kansas State University Salina, recently renewed his Master Certified Flight Instructor accreditation for the sixth time.One of only 26 worldwide to earn the credential six times, he first earned this national professional accreditation in 2001 and has held it continuously since then.

Shappee is the vice commander of the Civil Air Patrol's Kansas Wing and serves as a FAASTeam representative in the Federal Aviation Administration's Wichita Flight Standards District Office area.



From Jim (Aug 2010):

In 1978 I was a trainee Air Traffic Controller under supervision at Collage Station Texas, Easterwood Tower. This is a true story of a radio discussion one afternoon:

Unknown Aircraft: "Hello?.."
Easterwood Tower (me): "Please say again."
UA: "What?"
ET: "Who is this?"
UA: "This is Joe"
ET: "This is Easterwood Tower, where are you?"
UA: "I'm in the plane!"
(I looked down the flight line, checking if someone was sitting in a parked plane playing with the radio. I didn't see anything, and the senior controller was becoming more interested in my handling of the situation.)
ET: "Joe, where is the pilot?"
UA: "He got out when the engine quit.."
(I could only imagine a bizarre scenario in which the pilot had jumped from the plane.)
ET: "Joe, what does your airspeed indicator read?"
UA: (Long pause) "Zero?"
(So the plane was now in a stall I thought.)
ET: "Joe, whatever you have in front of you - a stick or a steering wheel - push it forward - you need to get airspeed over your wings!"
UA: "Are you sure?"
ET: "Yes Joe you need to push it forward... (pause)... What does your airspeed indicator read now?"
UA: "It's still zero."
(I thought, oh my god, Joe's plane was in a falling leaf spin. I couldn't help him. Joe was going to die. I did not know what to do. I looked to the senior controller. He said, "Ask him where his plane is.")
ET: "Joe, where is your plane?"
UA: "We are parked down at the end of the runway, the pilot got out when the engine quit and walked back to the hanger.."
ET: "Joe, get off the radio."

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