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WCAC Minutes – October 9, 2017
WICOMICO COUNTY AIRPORT COMMISSION
OCTOBER 9, 2017
Present: John Hall, Chairman; Matthew E. Creamer, Vice Chairman; James Brooke; Gerard DiCairano
Staff: Dawn Veatch; Denise Shellaby; Jacqueline Benton-Ware
Other: David Goslee, Ex-Officio Member; James Harris, Assistant Manager Candidate; Duane Frantz, T-Hangar Tenant
CALL TO ORDER
Due to the absence of a quorum, the meeting was unofficial and no actions were taken. Chairman Hall called the meeting to order at 3 p.m.
The September 11, 2017 minutes were approved.
Assistant Airport Manager candidate James Harris was introduced.
MINI MASTER PLAN
The environmental portion of the mini master plan has been approved, and the T-Hangar request for proposals will be advertised this week. The new T-Hangar building will be built as the fourth row of T-Hangars by Bay Land Aviation. There will be T-Hangars in the middle and box hangars on each end. All displaced tenants have been assigned T-Hangars. There are approximately 11 pilots on the waiting list. Mrs. Veatch attended the Maryland Airport Manager’s Association meeting last week. The Maryland Aviation Administration will grant SBY Airport $150,000 for repair of the two taxi lanes closest to Bay Land Aviation. The remaining lanes will be repaired in the spring, along with the painting of the corporate and T-Hangars. Mrs. Veatch, Chairman Hall, and Administrator Strausburg are to meet with Mr. Nelms of Bay Land Aviation to discuss his business plan. The airport can get $5,000 for the scrap metal if Bay Land’s hangar is removed. Mr. Brooke inquired as to when the drain by the north side of Bay Land’s hangar will be repaired. Mrs. Veatch responded the drainage will be fixed when the hangar is torn down. Delta Airport Consultants will address the issue in their drain field plan.
Mrs. Veatch has a meeting with Signature Aviation in November. Signature would provide a full maintenance and avionics facility. Mrs. Veatch has a meeting on Friday with a flight school in Trenton, New Jersey. They would like to partner with Signature. Airport Management will not be moving forward with the UAS/Drone contract. The drone program is relocating to Pennsylvania.
McCain Associates has been hired to assess the property value of the airport hangars and buildings. All leases need to be compliant with Federal Aviation Administration regulations. Mrs. Veatch has a motion into the Executive Office to get blanket approval on standardized leases that are based on price per square footage. Currently, each lease must have County Council approval. Mrs. Veatch stated that Airport Management could set and change rental amounts.
Mr. Thomas Hayes from the Wicomico County Public Works Department is on loan to the airport to assist with various projects. The design work for the water project is done. Mr. Goslee inquired as to when to expect water. Mr. Hall replied the ground breaking should occur in the spring of 2019 with hook-up taking place in late 2019.
The taxiway B south project has been delayed until spring. The work phase will be explained at the next T-Hangar tenant meeting.
AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL
The Maryland Aviation Administration approved a 75/25% grant to fund a digital recorder and a new HVAC system for the Air Traffic Control Tower. Mrs. Veatch is continuing to pursue the STARS radar system. Even though SBY does not have enough military operations for STARS, Mrs. Veatch feels the separation of aircraft is a safety issue. Mr. Frantz asked for an update on the VOR. Mrs. Veatch explained that the Federal Aviation Administration will be removing the roof to replace the antennae this spring. Mr. DiCairano added the VOR has been out of service for almost two years.
The request for proposals for the conference room will be advertised soon. The vending machine area will be replaced by a room that can be rented out. After the conference room is open, food service will begin. Mr. Brooke advised the restaurant at the Georgetown Airport did very well at last weekend’s Fly In. With the terminal alarm system going to broad band, two additional phone lines will be available. One of the lines will be used for the automated attendant for airline calls, and the other line will be for an ATM which should be installed within the next month or so.
WINGS & WHEELS
A planning meeting will be scheduled in November. Hats and tee shirts are on sale and are on display in the terminal.
Mrs. Veatch advised a Fed X sign and employee’s car were vandalized last night. The Sheriff’s Office charges $95 per hour for a deputy for 4 hours each morning. Mrs. Veatch has requested the Sheriff to adjust the schedule to allow for perimeter checks. This same service can be contracted out for $28 per hour.
Mrs. Veatch met with Southern Airways. They operate 9 passenger single engine turbo propeller caravan aircraft out of Baltimore/Washington International Airport. They feel they can fill the aircraft to/from SBY. Mrs. Veatch also wants to contact Air Wisconsin regarding service to/from Dulles, JFK, and BWI Airports. All Commissioners agreed SBY needs a Florida carrier.
The Federal Aviation Administration approved a waiver to reschedule the triennial disaster drill till January 31, 2018. Mrs. Veatch acquired a copy of the Hagerstown Airport’s disaster plan and will modify it to meet the requirements for SBY. Agreements have not been signed yet, but a new contract fire company will assume Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting responsibilities as of November 1. Piedmont Airlines will no longer supply manpower but will pay for Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting services with landing fees. The Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting staff will be housed in a corporate hangar. Mr. Hall clarified the airport fire service will be 100% subcontracted and will not be manned by any Wicomico County fire companies. The government has surplus military equipment and the airport needs to get registered on the equipment list.
Mr. Goslee suggested contacting Piedmont Airlines and have them donate a Dash 8 aircraft for display at the airport. Mrs. Veatch has a meeting on Tuesday with the Henson Foundation and will present the idea. The plane could be painted in the Henson Aviation colors and displayed inside the fence where the Goldman salvage business was located. Mr. Goslee inquired to the status of the donation of a Perdue trailer for the Civil Air Patrol. Mr. Hall advised that the trailer Perdue was going to donate was not suitable for the Civil Air Patrol’s needs. Mr. Murray and Mr. Caldwell had previously approached the Henson Foundation for a donation for a building and was turned down. Mrs. Veatch will address rehabilitating a hangar for use as a museum/youth learning center at her upcoming meeting with the Henson Foundation.
AIRPORT COMMISSION COMMENTS
Mr. DiCaraino inquired as to the Verizon tower status. Due to too many guide wires, another location will need to be explored.
The next meeting will be held Monday, November 13, 2017.
The meeting was adjourned at 4 p.m.
John Hall, Chairman
Salisbury–Ocean City–Wicomico Regional Airport gets new state-of-the-art Advanced Image Technology checkpoint screening equipment
SALISBURY, Md. — The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has installed the latest checkpoint screening technology equipment at Salisbury–Ocean City–Wicomico Regional Airport (SBY).
With the addition of the new Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) machine at SBY, the airport is able to further strengthen security for passengers flying out of the area. The machine is state-of-the-art equipment with automated target recognition software that uses bright yellow boxes to indicate to a TSA officer the location of an alarm on a generic “cookie cutter” image of a passenger. This way the officer knows exactly where to check for a possible threat item. If the machine indicates no threats, then a green screen appears that indicates the passenger is cleared to pass through the checkpoint.
AIT technology is designed to enhance security by safely screening passengers for metallic and non-metallic threats—including weapons, explosives and other objects concealed under layers of clothing.
There is a generic image of all passengers who are screened through the new automated image technology checkpoint screening equipment. It’s the same generic image for all passengers, regardless of their gender, height or weight and is designed to enhance passenger privacy. The image looks very much like the outline of a cookie cutter.
Imaging technology screening is safe for all travelers, and the technology meets all known national and international health and safety standards. In fact, the energy emitted by millimeter wave technology is 1,000 times less than the international limits and guidelines.
Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $1.2 Million for Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced a $1,218,606 Department of Transportation (DOT) grant for the Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport (SBY) in Salisbury, Md. Authorities will use the funds to rehabilitate and enhance runways, including the construction of a new lighting system designed to assist aircraft during low-visibility conditions.
“These funds are a federal investment in Wicomico County, and all the businesses and residents who depend on our regional airports for trade and transportation,” said Senator Cardin, Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee. “Ensuring our local airports are safe and able to meet demand is critical to keeping our economy moving. I will continue working hard to ensure all our regional airports have the resources they need.”
“Regional and general aviation airports serve as an important resource to communities in our state and are vital to maintaining a strong economy,” said Senator Van Hollen, a member of the Senate Appropriations and Budget Committees. “I’m committed to making sure Maryland has the funding it needs to keep airports across our state both safe and accessible to our residents.”
This DOT grant will be awarded through the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program. The program funds various types of airport infrastructure projects, including runways, taxiways, airport signage, lighting and markings, all helping to create thousands of local jobs.
Jet Service Comes to SBY Regional Airport
For the first time, passengers flying to and from SBY Regional can enjoy traveling on jet aircraft: Piedmont/American Airlines’ Embraer ERJ 145 regional jets. The sleek, twin-engine aircraft began service to and from SBY in late August. With more jet flights scheduled to begin soon, the 50-seat Embraer planes presently make one flight a day to and from Philadelphia.
As Piedmont’s venerable Dash 8 turboprops retire from service, passengers can look forward to an all-jet fleet serving both Charlotte and Philadelphia from Salisbury.
SBY Regional Airport hosts neighborhood “Town Hall” meeting, July 26, 2017.
The SBY Regional Airport invited the community to a “Town Hall” meeting in Hangar 6 on the SBY airfield. County Executive, Bob Culver, welcomed people from our surrounding area to the event. County Council Member and Chairman of the Airport Commission, John Hall, was also in attendance. Piedmont Airlines CEO, Lyle Hogg, introduced the new Regional Jet that would be serving the SBY Regional Airport starting August 23, 2017, with service to Charlotte and Philadelphia. The Regional Jet airliner provided a very impressive backdrop to the meeting. Mr. Hogg spoke of the tremendous advantages in utilizing this jet service and explained the positive results to the community. The SBY Regional Airport Manager, Dawn Veatch, then presented a slide show comparing the noise footprints of the existing Dash-8 turboprop aircraft with the new efficient ERJ-145 turbojet footprint. The results are that the noise footprint of the new turbojets will be the same or less than that of the existing aircraft. Ms. Veatch went on to explain the virtues of having our community airport and she presented a short video that she produced during her tenure as Senior Director at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. The video, showing that an airport is a tremendous asset to the community, was well received. Many members of the audience had questions, comments and suggestions. Following the meeting the attendees had a chance to view the Regional Jet up close and personal, and ask individual questions of the County Administration, Piedmont Airlines, and the Airport Staff. SBY Regional Airport will continue to hold annual “Town Hall” meetings to ensure that the community is involved and has a chance to participate in the planning and operations of their airport.
More than 1,000 Visitors Enjoy SBY Regional Airport’s “Wings & Wheels” Event
Written by Jerry DiCairano
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May 20, 2017–The airport’s first major public event in decades drew large crowds on Saturday, despite strong gusty winds which limited flying activities. Some experts estimated that well over a thousand people visited the airfield to view classic cars and military and civil aircraft––and to enjoy a host of aviation-related activities.
For six and a half hours, the airport’s control tower hosted a steady stream of families who had signed up to tour the air-traffic-control facility. Students from the flight department at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore provided bus transportation to the tower and operated a staging area where visitors could wait comfortably for the next tour to begin.
Piedmont Airlines, the event’s lead sponsor, also entertained capacity crowds throughout the day, inviting families to come aboard one of its Dash-8 turboprop aircraft. Other visitors waited in line to take a brief helicopter tour of the area. Rally Helicopters of Ocean City enjoyed non-stop business, even flying passengers beyond the event’s planned closing time.
Members of the Wheels that Heal car club brought more than 60 classic cars and trucks to the event, attracting eager crowds to a staging area along a closed taxiway. And just beyond, on a closed runway, families were able to inspect active-service military aircraft, including two A-10 Warthog fighters provided by the Md. National Guard, and T-6 Texan and UH-72 Lakota helicopters from the Naval Test Pilot School.
Handsome model aircraft also caught the attention of many visitors. Owned by members of the Mid-Atlantic Radio Kontrol Society, some of the miniature planes had wing-spans of up to nine feet. Families also enjoyed viewing shiny fire trucks from the Parsonsburg Fire Dept. and the airport’s own fire-response truck.
A free pancake breakfast sponsored by Bay Land Aviation and hosted by the Wicomico Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, served 600 plates of food during a three-hour period. Later, several food trucks experienced brisk business as they fed lunch, beverages, and snacks to hungry families while three different bands filled the air with live music.
Also popular was an educational seminar designed to help inactive pilots catch up on new regulations and transition back into the cockpit. The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, one of the world’s leading aviation organizations, hosted the “Rusty Pilots” seminar in a filled-to-capacity conference room provided by Piedmont Airlines.
Among the visitors to Wings and Wheels were County Executive Bob Culver, County Administrator Wayne Strausburg, and County Councilman John Hall, who also serves as the chairman of the county’s Airport Commission. Maryland State Senator Addie Eckardt and Maryland Delegate Christopher Adams also supported and attended the event. Dawn Veatch, who manages the airport, spoke briefly to the crowd about the airport’s importance and about new facilities and services which will be coming to the airport within the next year or so.
Nearly 40 sponsors provided critical funding, facilities, or services; and roughly 100 volunteers, including many county employees, offered their time and expertise to make the event a success. Members of the public can expect an even bigger event in 2018.
SBY Regional Airport’s “Wings & Wheels” Set for May 20, 2017
Grab the family and head for the airport on Saturday, May 20th, for a day of music, food, and aviation-related fun!
Activities include . . .
• a free pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
• guided tours of the air-traffic control tower
• airplane and helicopter rides / Fee charged
• military jets, Md. State Police copter, classic airplanes, and classic cars on display
• radio-controlled model aircraft on display
• For pilots, an AOPA “Rusty Pilots” seminar
• lunch, snacks, and adult beverages available for purchase from food trucks
• live music
• a swap meet featuring aviation products
• a chance to board a Piedmont Airlines Dash 8 turboprop
• tours of Piedmont Airlines
• aviation displays
• volunteer support from the U.M.E.S. flight program and the Wicomico Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol
Admission is free. See you on Saturday, May 20th! (Rain date: Sun., May 21st)
For auto parking, take Airport Rd. to Fooks Rd. Watch for signs. Free transportation from parking area to airport.
Arriving pilots, contact the tower at 119.425. / Ground: 123.775. / Ground controller will direct you to parking.
Thank you to our many sponsors and volunteers!
SBY Regional Airport’s “Aviation Day” Promises Family Fun
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Mark your calendar. On Saturday, May 20, 2017, Salisbury Regional Airport will hold its first “Aviation Day,” a 7-hour celebration that promises to entertain families and flying enthusiasts with a variety of exciting activities, including . . .
• tours of the control tower, airline terminal, and newly refurbished airport offices
• contemporary and vintage aircraft on display
• classic cars on display
• airplane and helicopter rides
• free seminars: “How to Become a Pilot” and (for current pilots) a refresher course designed to improve proficiency
• live music
• pancake breakfast beginning at 8 a.m., followed by lunch and snacks served by a variety of food vendors
• precision-landing contest during which pilots will compete for trophies and bragging rights
• aviator’s flea market
• a video presentation describing the economic value of local airports
• informative displays sponsored by aviation groups and businesses
The fun will begin at 8 a.m. and continue until 3 p.m. Free admission and free auto and aircraft parking.
Motorists, approach from Airport Road and watch for parking signs. Arriving pilots, contact the tower at 119.425.
For the latest information about the event, check our website, Facebook page, or Twitter account. See you on May 2oth!
Airport’s Pilots Attend Manager’s Seminar
At a standing-room-only event on March 4th, Salisbury Regional Airport’s new manager, Dawn Veatch, spoke for more than an hour to aircraft owners who base their planes at SBY. Mrs. Veatch outlined her immediate and long-term goals for the airport, including her desire to attract new business to the field and to construct new hangars for small, private aircraft and larger, corporate-owned craft. In the near future (the next six months or sooner), pilots and airline passengers will benefit from the following projects:
- new food service within the airline terminal.
- an “aviation day” in the fall which will welcome area families to the airport for a day of fun, tours, food, and aviation-related seminars.
- resurfacing of taxiway B north, which connects the airport’s central area to runway 23.
Salisbury Regional Airport Welcomes New Manager
Dawn R. H. Veatch has joined Wicomico County as the new manager of SBY. Mrs. Veatch’s impressive career in aviation includes piloting fire-fighting aircraft, working for the Federal Aviation Administration, and serving as the Senior Director of Government Affairs at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association in Washington, D.C. Mrs. Veatch holds an airline-transport pilot’s license and is a certified flight instructor. She looks forward to bringing new facilities and new business activity to the Salisbury Regional Airport.
Salisbury Regional Airport Hosts FAA Seminar
Pilots from across Delmarva attended an FAA-sponsored safety seminar held on September 8th in Salisbury Regional Airport’s airline terminal building. Salisbury resident Ron Levy, a veteran pilot and flight instructor, and the FAA Safety Team’s Lead Representative for the Eastern Shore, discussed several topics, including new FAA equipment standards which will require most aircraft owners to install advanced position-reporting GPS units by January 1, 2020. The radios, officially called “Advanced Dependent Surveillance–Broadcast” units, will enhance safety and promote more efficient point-to-point navigation.
Bill Penna, manager of the SBY control tower, discussed new FAA procedures which will allow air-traffic controllers to safely integrate drone flights into non-critical airspace.
Salisbury Regional Airport announces RWY 14-32 Extension
American Airlines Begins SBY Airport Rebranding
American Airlines has begun the rebranding of US Airways at the Salisbury Regional Airport. On October 17, American Airlines will shift to a single reservation system and transition all US Airways flights to American Airlines. Salisbury-based Piedmont Airlines (dba American Eagle and a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines) will continue flying scheduled airline service between SBY and the American Airlines hubs at Philadelphia and Charlotte International Airports. For more information log on to http://www.aa.com/i18n/aboutUs/arriving.jsp
Piedmont Airlines Announces Additional Expansion of Jet Fleet
Salisbury, MARYLAND – Piedmont Airlines is further expanding its fleet of Embraer 145 regional jets with accelerated deliveries of aircraft from American Airlines starting in early 2017.
“This is a vote of confidence from American and a goal we worked very hard to achieve,” said President and CEO Lyle Hogg. “American had previously committed 20 jets to Piedmont and we are pleased that our parent company will now continue to increase that number. The expanding fleet of jets puts Piedmont on an exciting path to the future, and that will lead to even more opportunities.”
Piedmont began operating the E145 regional jet in February, and has taken delivery of seven jets so far. All Piedmont jets will operate out of the American Airlines Philadelphia hub.
“We will greatly expand our operations in Philadelphia, including placing more crew members there,” said Hogg. Piedmont offers a $15,000 signing bonus to new hire pilots and plans to hire more than 200 pilots in 2016. “This is a very good opportunity for pilots who want to work for an airline that promises growth, stability and a guaranteed job at American Airlines one day.”
As a result of the accelerated jet expansion, Piedmont will begin to transition away from its traditional aircraft, the de Havilland DHC-8 turboprop. Piedmont expects to start retiring turboprop aircraft at a rate of about one aircraft per month. “The Dash has served us well for years,” said Hogg, “but we know that passengers prefer the regional jets and we want to provide the best service we can for American and for our customers.”
The expansion of Piedmont’s jet fleet comes amid growth in other areas of the company. Piedmont is adding 300 customer service jobs in Charlotte, N.C. this year and recently opened a new maintenance base in Richmond, Virginia. “At a time when so many regional airlines are shrinking, we are adding jobs across the country, adding aircraft, adding new routes,” said Hogg. “It’s exciting to be part of a very robust American Airlines Group and we’re thrilled to be part of that success.”