It took just 22 months for the new airport in Branson, Mo., to be built, from the first movement of earth by McAninch Construction in July 2007 to the first commercial flight on May 11 this year.
A new privately funded $155 million, 900-acre regional airport will open May 11 in Branson, Mo. The towered airfield will feature a 7,140-foot-long concrete runway,
CD Aviation Services (CDAS) of Neosho, Mo., a turbine engine maintenance facility, was awarded the Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Diamond Certificate of Excellence in recognition of participation in and dedication to continuing aviation maintenance training.
The new Branson Airport serving the popular Branson, Mo. tourist destination has a slightly confusing airport identifier. The official FAA location identifier is BBG (ICAO KBBG), but airlines and their passengers will use the International Air Transport Association code BKG. BBG was unavailable for the IATA code because it is already used for Butaritari Airport in Kiribati in the Gilbert Islands chain in the South Pacific.
The new Branson Airport, scheduled to open on May 11 next year, has hired former Signature Flight Support Boston operations manager Sharon Morris to be the FBO and airline services manager. Branson Airport is a privately financed $155 million airport being built to serve the growing tourism market in Branson, Mo. The airport is building and will operate the FBO.
Avmats marked its 30th anniversary on April 29 with a gathering for customers in Kansas City, Mo. The event was held at the Airline History Museum at Kansas City Downtown Airport.
Attendees and their families toured the museum and aircraft and had a chance to meet with former Kansas City Chiefs football player Louie Aguiar.
Premier Turbines (Booth No. 2053), an engine overhaul and component/accessory repair shop based in Neosho, Mo., recently launched a quick-turnaround service for component repairs and specialized processes. The new service, named the Bullet Shop, guarantees return of parts within 10 working days of the date of receipt.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision not to hear an appeal of the 1999 closing of Richards-Gebaur Memorial Airport near Kansas City, Mo., ends the legal attempts to reopen the site as an airfield. AOPA had sued the FAA, contending the agency had “abused its discretion” when it released Kansas City from its obligation to maintain the airport as a condition for accepting federal funding.
A partial settlement has been reached in the Oct. 16, 2000 crash of the Cessna 335 that killed Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan and two others on board when the recip-twin crashed into the wooded hills south of St. Louis. Also on board where the governor’s son Randy, who was acting as pilot, and Chris Sifford, a campaign aide.
In a letter sent in late April to U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, NBAA expressed “deep concern” regarding the process by which foreign nationals obtain permission for flight training in the U.S.