• Business Airport at Former Navy Base Continues to Reach for Greater Heights

    Business Airport at Former Navy Base Continues to Reach for Greater Heights0

    As Brunswick Executive Airport reaches its five-year anniversary, officials at the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority say the business and general aviation airport located at the former Naval Air Station Brunswick has exceeded expectations with the promise of significantly more growth in the future. Since opening on April 2, 2011, about a month before the Navy closed the installation located on the coast of Maine, the airport has grown to average nearly 14,000 operations annually and attracted seven firms involved in either aviation or aerospace. “To have this many aviation businesses here in just a few short years just shows you what a desirable airport this is,” said MRRA Executive Director Steve Levesque …

  • Former Texas Base Looks to Regain Pilot Training Mission

    Former Texas Base Looks to Regain Pilot Training Mission0

    A flight training school is hoping to bring back initial flight training for Air Force pilots to the former Perrin Air Force Base, now the site of the North Texas Regional Airport. US Aviation Academy has asked the local airport authority to support its bid to pursue a 10-year training contract, reports the Herald Democrat. “The pride of bringing back Air Force training to this facility is exciting,” said US Aviation Executive Vice President Mark Taylor …

  • FAA Accepting Applications for Military Airport Program0

    Former military airfields and joint use airports have two months to apply to the Federal Aviation Administration’s Military Airport Program (MAP), a valuable source of funding for capital improvements. The fiscal 2016 MAP has nine slots available for new participants or existing participants eligible for redesignation. One of the slots is slated for a general aviation airport, according to the Nov. 18 Federal Register notice. The program allows participating airports to receive grants from the Airport Improvement Program (AIP). Participants may be able to receive grant funds from a set-aside — currently 4 percent of AIP discretionary funds — for airport development, including certain projects not otherwise eligible for AIP assistance, including fuel farms, utilities, automobile parking, hangars and air cargo terminals …

  • Former McClellan AFB to Pursue Permanent Role as Aviation Hub for Forest Service0

    Sacramento officials are promoting McClellan Park, the reuse project at the former McClellan Air Force Base, as the U.S. Forest Service’s Western base of operations for its fleet of firefighting aircraft. “We think we have a pretty good location for this,” Larry Kelley, president of McClellan Park LLC, the firm that runs the 3,000-acre business park, told the Sacramento Bee. The base recently was selected as the temporary home for a fleet of at least five Forest Service HC-130H aircraft. The three-year contract — which is generating 100 fire-season jobs and 20 off-season ones — could give McClellan a leg up in the competition to become the Forest Service’s permanent home for as many as seven Hercules firefighting aircraft …

  • Spaceport Designation at Ellington Airport Expected to Lift Houston’s Fortunes0

    The recent selection of Ellington Airport as the nation’s 10th commercial spaceport is expected to greatly bolster Houston’s economy as a new industry grows around the former Air Force facility. The FAA granted the Houston Airport System a launch license for Ellington on June 30. The spaceport designation “is a signal to all of the aerospace businesses that Houston means business and that we are welcoming them, any and all, to come and explore the opportunities that Houston can provide for aerospace companies,” said Dan Seal, executive director of special initiatives at Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership …

  • Brunswick Landing Helps Fuel Growth in Aviation Services in Maine0

    The effort to convert Brunswick Landing into a high-tech business campus focusing on aviation, renewable energy, advanced composites and education already is playing a key role in encouraging growth in Maine’s aviation services industry. The former Brunswick Naval Air Station has provided the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority (MRRA) with valuable assets to market itself — two 8,000-foot runways and 500,000 square feet of hangar space …