April 2012 Reporting Points from the Salina Airport Authority

SLN Airport Reporting Points
April 2012
In This Issue
<< Wings Over Salina Air Museum recieves largest donation yet
>> K-State UAS Program Office, Kansas Adjutant General hosting sUAS Conference
<< Kids fly free all summer on SeaPort
>> K-State helicopter program taking off with UHI partnership
<< SeaPort gives back
>> CAV Aerospace exhibits TKS at AERO Friedrichshafen 2012
<< Lift: Amelia Earhart

In the Spotlight


Melissa Cochran is the Salina Airport Authority intern for the spring 2012 semester. She is currently a senior at Kansas State University Salina . She has obtained her fixed wing private and instrument certification through the K-State aviationprogram and aspires to work in airport management after graduating in May. Melissa will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Technology Management with an emphasis in Aviation, as well as a Business Minor.

During her time with the airport she has contributed to many different aspects of the airports daily activities. She has learned how to conduct ground surveys of the airport and gained an understanding of wildlife management procedures, as well as ensuring safe airport operations and airfield maintenance.

She has been a part of theairport master plan update process, which includes meeting with potential contractors and organizing the airport's itinerary for the processes involved. She has conducted research with other managers of airports allowing an outside perspective and helpful information to be incorporated into the airport master plan update project.

She has worked directly with the airport's Manager of Administration and Finance, giving Melissa hands on experience enabling her to have a greater appreciation for how the airports revenue and expenses are handled and what types of government issued bonds and services are provided by the Federal Aviation Administration, State of Kansas, and city of Salina.Drafting and reviewing of leases and contracts has increased Melissa's ability to conduct business in the future that may require such documentation.

Melissa was also a part of the logistics and setup for the arrival of the Canadian Air Force and continues to be part of the team anticipating the arrival of DC3 project. The DC3 project will be stationed here at the airport and consist of highly trained scientists and pilots that will be conducting atmospheric research in the upper troposphere, beginning in May.

Melissa has been given an excellent opportunity to meet and network with other airport managers as well as committees from NASA, the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and Germany's National Research Center for Aeronautics and Space. Not to mention the vast amount of professional clients the airport conducts business with everyday, who are always willing to provide encouraging words and airport management insight.


Tower Updates
Control Tower

The tower is busy scheduling landing practice for the upcoming SAFECON competition scheduled for the week of May 13. The practice and competition will take place on runway 18/36. We expect to see the ramp full of airplanes prior to the competition starting. It should be a busy week.

The Airport and City of Salina was lucky to escape the tornados on April 14th. The controllers evacuated the tower 2 times on Saturday due to what was thought to be a tornado on the ground just southwest of the airport. Air traffic was not impacted mainly because pilots were not flying during these conditions. We hope we have seen the worst of it for this year but we will probably see more.

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>>>


ARFF Station Update


Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting vehicles stage in front of the soon-to-be-completed ARFF Station, April 20.

Interior walls have been painted and floors in the kitchenette and class room have been polished. Cabinets were installed in the kitchenette and the west drive was opened.

This station will serve as an upgrade to the current location and better equip the airport firefighters to handle the growing aviation operations at the Salina Municipal Airport.

Wings Over Salina

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On the Flightline


A portion of K-State Salina's fleet await flight students.

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From the XD's desk: Charlie Walker will be missed


The news that Charlie Walker died this past weekend of an apparent heart attack was received with sadness by many Salina and Saline County residents. I had the privilege of learning from Charlie many key business principles during his six years as a member of the Salina Airport Authority board of directors from 1985 to 1991.

He was generous in sharing his fundamental beliefs on how to develop and operate a successful business. His support for new development and job growth at the Salina Airport and Salina Airport Industrial Center led to significant expansions of the Schwan Food Company, El Dorado National, the Kansas National Guard and the K-State Salina aviation program.

By his example, Charlie demonstrated the importance of community service. As a business and civic leader Charlie gave both time and money to numerous community programs that help and support area residents. Most recently he provided financial support the Salina Military Affairs Council making possible additional assistance to local members of the military and their families.

I will miss Charlie's counsel and encouragement. It is my goal to continue to put into practice the valuable life lessons he so freely shared with me and others.

Tim Rogers, A.A.E.
Executive Director

Wings Over Salina Air Museum receives largest donation yet

When Salina Airpo rt Check PresentationAuthority Executive Director Tim Rogers, A.A.E. earned the American Association of Airport Executives prestigious Distinguished Service Award, it was easy for him to decide where the $5000 honorarium that came with it would end up.

The Wings Over Salina Air Museum is in the initial fund raising stage and Rogers' $5000 check will be the largest indivi dual donation to the fund housed at the Greater Salina Community Foundation.

"Tim's generous gift will jump start the fund to build this terrific museum," said GSCF President and Executive Director Betsy Wearing. "His decision to use the honorarium to benefit our community is a great example of the reason Salina is a great place to live. People like Tim put the community first."

The Wings Over Salina Air Museum is still in the design phase and is several years away from construction. The museum will be dedicated to the past, present and future of Salina area aviation. From the first time an aircraft graced the Salina skies to the opening of Smoky Hill Army Airfield to the closing of Schilling Air Force Base to the current unmanned aircraft milestones being reached by K-State Salina, it will speak to every generation.

"This will not be your typical air museum with airplanes in an open hangar with display aircraft," Rogers explained. "We plan to take a more intimate look at the people who have shaped the history of civil and military aviation in Salina and Saline County."

"The Foundation is pleased to provide a platform for donations to build the Wings Over Salina Museum," Wearing said. "This is going to be a beautiful attraction and another place to chronicle the rich history of our community ."

If you'd like to donateRenderingto the Wings Over Salina Air Museum you can do so online through the GSCF website atwww.gscf.org. For more information about the project at large email the Salina Airport Authority atwings@salair.org.

K-State UAS Program Office, Kansas Adjutant General hosting sUAS Conference

The progress of small unmanned aircraft systems integration into the national airspace, their use in emergency and disaster response, and their commercial use are all topics to be addressed during the Commercial and Civil Small UAS Conference hosted by Kansas State University and the Kansas Adjutant General's Department, Tuesday, June 12 in Wichita, Kan.

Discussion will include civil and commercial uses, civil data fusion, payload capabilities, processing exploitation and dissemination, sensor development, Federal Aviation Administration regulation, and the role small unmanned aircraft could play in agriculture.


Speakers include Kurt Barnhart, director of K-State's Applied Aviation Research Center; Rex Hayes, managing business development director at AAI Corporation; Kevin Price, professor of agronomy at K-State; Eric Shappee, association professor of unmanned aircraft systems at K-State; Wayne Tolosa, president and CEO of Future Concepts; and Lt. Col. Michael Venerdi, Commander, 161st Intelligence Squadron. Representative of Cloud Cap Technology and the FAA will also be presenting.

Early registration is due May 11 at a rate of $125. After May 11, registration fees are $175. All registration fees are due June 5.

More information>>>

Kids fly for a penny all summer on SeaPort


SeaPort Airlines announced the launch of its Kids Fly for a Penny offer. These will be available for purchase April 30 to May 31, for flights from May 31 to August 31, for children 14 and under traveling with an adult on the same itinerary.

Kids Fly for a Penny isn't the only opportunity to save a little extra cash. The "fair" weather has inspired a number of recent "fare" sales that can't be beat. SeaPort announced its Apple Blossom and Memphis in May fare sales last week, which will only be available for booking for a short period of time. The fares are specifically geared towards travelers making their way to the Washington Apple Blossom Festival and Memphis in May International Festival.

Don't forget that Pets Fly Free during National Pet Month in April. Along with the Pets Fly Free offer, SeaPort simultaneously changed their pet policy to allow relocating military families to take their pets with them for free at all times during the year when they show valid relocation orders. SeaPort is hosting a contest on its social media pages to celebrate National Pet Month; one winner will receive two round trip ticket vouchers. To participate, post photos of your cat, dog, fish, or other pet on an official SeaPort Airlines Twitter, Facebook, or Google Plus page by April 30th, 2012. Rules and restrictions apply for all offers.

K-State helicopter program taking off with UHI partnership


When the number of students in Kansas State University's aviation program wanting to learn to fly rotor-wing aircraft outnumbered the university's one helicopter, department head Kurt Barnhart came up with a solution: partner with Universal Helicopters Inc. to provide flight training.

In the first three months of the partnership the helicopter program has grown to 20 students, three flight instructors and three aircraft.

"The growth far exceeds my expectations," Barnhart said. "We have already achieved what I anticipated would take six months to a year."

UHI has already had to bring in a third instructor, something they weren't expecting to do for a while. The student load, however, made it necessary.

Read on>>>

SeaPort gives back


SeaPort Airlines President and CEO Rob McKinney presents Golf Pro Steve Hardesty with a free round trip to Kansas City to help ease the cost of travel. Hardesty will fly to Kansas City, then Las Vegas where he will train for The First Tee.

The First Tee is a youth development organization teaching young people positive values such as honesty, integrity, sportsmanship and confidence while using the game of golf as a tool.

CAV Aerospace exhibits TKS at AERO Friedrichshafen 2012

CAV Aerospace will be exhibiting a G36 Bonanza equipped with the no-hazard TKS ice protection system at AERO Friedrichshafen, April 18-21. AERO Friedrichshafen is major general aviation trade show that reaches customers across Europe, the middle East and Africa. It is held on the shores of Lake Constance and is a prime meeting place for the aviation community and a key interface between industry and the public.

The G36 on display is owned by Aero-Sense, which supplies TKS fluid in Europe. CAV's display is area A7-209. Kevin Hawley, CAV Aerospace VP of Business Development, will represent the company at the show.

CAV recently received FIKI approval for the Bonanza G36, Cessna Caravan and Quest Kodiak. CAV's TKS systems provide anti-icing protection by exuding a measured amount of glycol-based ice protection fluid through precision laser-drilled microscopic holes in wing leading edges fashioned of titaniu
m. There is also a dispersion mechanism for propellers.


The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.

-Amelia Earhart
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