Pilots planning on overflying Kansas this summer, specifically through the Salina area and the nearby Smoky Hill Air National Guard Weapons Range, would do well to attend the pilot safety briefing about the range to be held on Thursday, June 6, at the Salina Airport Authority’s Hangar 600 at 4:30 p.m. Representatives from the Smoky Hill Air National Guard Weapons Range are due to present an update on the range’s activities.
Salina Municipal Airport
With an eye toward expanding in the regional aircraft maintenance market, AAR Aircraft Services is exploring adding a maintenance, repair and overhaul facility in the Salina, Kan. area.
Originally planned as a parallel runway, the new 4,300-foot strip at Salina Airport, Kan., is now offset by one magnetic degree from the main Runway 17-35 and has an expected commission date of June 30. Now oriented as Runway 18-36, the new VFR, daytime runway is meant as a reliever for the airport’s extensive training operations conducted by Kansas State University’s Salina College of Technology and Aviation.
The 12,300-foot Runway 17/35 at the Salina Municipal Airport (SLN), Kan., reopened at the end of July following a three-month rehabilitation period. The $2.7 million project, funded by an Airport Improvement Program grant, included resurfacing the runway and taxiways and adding high-intensity runway lights and a backup power generator for airfield lighting.
Virgin Atlantic selected Salina, Kan., as its base and control center for a solo, nonstop, unrefueled around-the-world record attempt in a single-engine jet piloted by adventurer Steve Fossett. The approximately 80-hour flight in the Williams FJ44-3 powered GlobalFlyer is scheduled to take place early this month.