Massey Air Museum Launches “Opportunity Knocks”

Massey Air Museum

The students, seated from the left are, Liam Peregoy, Kyle Stroup, Andrew Smith, Norman Dixon and Nathan King. The instructors standing from the left are, Tony Saienni, John Williamson, Don Hooker, Joe Molz, Nick Mirales and Bob Dierker. The last two named were the hard working pilots. Missing from the graduation photo was instructor Tom Mellies.

Massey Air Museum’s  ‘Opportunity Knocks’ aeronautical engineering course for high school students was held on the week of July 16 – 20, 2018 at the museum facility.

Five selected students, four from Kent County and one from Queen Anne’s County, were recruited through the County High Schools, all having expressed an interest in aircraft engineering.

The course consisted of 24 hours of both academic and machine shop/fabrication experience, plus one and a half hours of flight time in a variety of aircraft.

The instructors are all museum staff members with many years of engineering experience and a love of flying which they were happy to share with potential kindred spirits.

Smiles were very much in evidence all week and are certainly on display in the photograph taken after graduation. The students are holding certificates from the museum and the local chapter of the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) who also awarded them with ‘Young Eagles’ certificates.

 

The Massey Air Museum Curator, Don Hooker, has long wanted to promote aviation to young people in our community and this summer Massey initiated his program.

Don devised the entire program, proposed that Massey offer it and organized it from start to finish. (Don is also active in the Galena Lions Club).

In pursuance of the Massey Air Museum’s goals of providing community service and promoting general aviation, we wanted to encourage young people to explore aviation by conducting a one week Summer Engineering Course for motivated local high school students. With the success of our first years’s course (just completed July 20th) we hope to be able to increase the class size for next year. Our seven instructors were highly qualified, including two aeronautical engineers, a mechanical engineer, a designer of satellite electrical circuits, a mechanical arts instructor, a retired USAF General and a hang gliding pioneer who co-founded Massey Aerodrome in 2001.

In addition to the classes, each student received two airplane flights (1 introductory & 1 navigation test) and a glider flight.

Easton Airport Celebrates 75th Anniversary

On July 20th, Easton Airport celebrates it’s 75th year with the unveiling of a permanent  exhibit in the terminal documenting the history of Talbot County Airports.  Check out the display when you fly in and learn about “Early Talbot County Airports”.

TRED AVON AIRPORT

The very first ‘airport’ in Talbot County was probably Trippe Creek. In 1921, a former WWI flyer, Capt. Ewing Easter, flew a scheduled daily flight to and from Baltimore using a seaplane, landing and taking off from the creek.

The first airport, some called it a landing site or air field, was established in 1928 at Ratcliffe Manor, just southwest of Easton on the Tred Avon River. It was listed in early aviation directories as Tred Avon Airport and served as a center for aviation on the Eastern Shore.

The Hathaway brothers, Stephen and Malcolm, created the airfield on their family estate to serve as a base for their new aviation business, the Tred Avon Flying Service. They offered charter flights, pilot training, aerial photography, fuel, and repairs. The runways were on pastureland consisting of two sod landing strips about 1,700 and 1,900 feet long. The “L” shaped airfield also had three hangars. The airfield was quite modest and had its fair share of challenging features, like a line of wire-bearing poles bordering the longer landing strip.

However, large crowds were attracted to the site on weekends to watch the Hathaways and others perform death-defying stunts such as standing on the wings of aircraft during flight. They made money by taking folks for short rides after the show. But the airport was short-lived, as Malcolm moved his business to Webb Airport sometime in 1932.

Today, the airfield is part of the housing development, Ratcliffe Farms, on the St. Michaels Road, about one-half mile from the Easton by-pass. 1.

  1. Preston, Edmund, Lanman, Barry A, & Breihan, John R. Maryland Aloft: A Celebration ofAviation, Airfields, and Aerospace. Baltimore: Maryland Historical Society, 2003.

Trident Aircraft Expands Services in January 2018

trident fuel truck and jetIn 2006, John Galdieri, a corporate pilot, owned a Piper Cherokee that he used to commute to his corporate base in New Jersey. He started by . . . 

instructing several local students in his own aircraft. His Piper eventually became so busy that he was unable to use it for his personal travel. He purchased a Cessna 150, rented a closet-size office and started what is today the most active flight school in Maryland.

Trident’s business plan has not changed as the company continues to grow. We still offer very well maintained, well-equipped rental aircraft at competitive prices. Today between the Trident Easton flight school and Trident Milton flight school the rental and instruction fleet includes over 20 aircraft ranging from Warriors and Cessna 172SPs to a Cirrus, Twin Engine Baron, Twin Comanche and even a prior Navy training aircraft, our T-34B Mentor. Trident proudly trains over 500 Naval Academy Midshipman and Military officers in our Powered Flight and Flight Screening programs annually. In 2017, over 400 of our students performed a solo flight in less than 13 hours!

The company has expanded its operations to include aircraft maintenance and an inclusive turnkey jet management program. Currently Trident Aircraft manages a diverse fleet of aircraft for their owners including a Pilatus, Cirrus SR-22, Phenom 100, Beechjet, Lear 60, Lear 75, Challenger 300 and most recently a Falcon 50. Tridents’ Management Program does not stray away from the business practices that built the company when it started as an aviation training facility, offering affordable solutions without compromising safety.

In 2016 Trident was proud to announce the addition of the Air Charter, Part 135 Certification. Charter operations have been extremely successful with the addition of new jets the program, Trident is able to offer a wide range of options for its clients.

January 2018 Trident welcomed another expansion becoming a full service FBO at Easton Airport providing the best service with the lowest cost on fuel. Trident is open 24/7 providing you with an unbeatable price for AVGAS and Jet Fuel.

The highlight of Trident Aircraft is the staff. Trident’s staff is an incredibly energetic group of motivated CFIs, Professional Pilots, and Support Staff.

Trident Aircraft looks forward to growing and supporting the aviation industry both locally and nationally. If you’d like additional information please contact us at: Info@TridentAircraft.com

“Get Jets” at SBY

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.

 

Chinese Delegation Visits Frederick Municipal Airport

Rick Johnson, Airport Manager FDk with Chinese delegates. The Frederick Municipal Airport (FDK) hosted Vice Mayor Li Jinyu and a delegation from Chengde, China interested in learning about how general aviation works in the US.  Specifically, the group wanted to gain an understanding of airport management, facility development, project financing, business development, and the role of local government in each respect.  The visit began with a reception at City Hall with Mayor Randy McClement before traveling to the airport for presentations by the Airport Manager, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), Maryland State Police “Trooper 3”, Signature Flight Support, Richard Crouse & Associates, Frederick Flight Center, and Bravo Flight Training.  “This was a great opportunity to show how general aviation airports drive economic activity and provide incredible benefits to a community beyond just a transportation center,” said Airport Manager Rick Johnson.  The delegation also toured the air traffic control tower, and learned how FDK enables the smooth flow of aircraft into nearby commercial service airports by easing congestion and thus fulfilling its role as a ‘reliever’ airport.  “The group was interested to learn about how general aviation benefits Frederick, and how it fits within the broader national aviation system,” commented Assistant Airport Manager Nick Sabo.  The Federal Aviation Administration’s Foreign Affairs Office assisted in coordinating the visit.

 

From Delegate Andrew Cassilly

Andrew CassillyI am honored to have worked with members of MAA, MAMA and AOPA to address a serious safety issue affecting 16 of our public airparks in the State of Maryland. The Forrest Conservation Act was created to save our precious wooded areas around the State and promote environmental stewardship. The Act wisely contained an exemption for the 20 airports receiving funding from the FAA. This exemption allows these airports to prune or remove hazardous trees growing in the runway flight path. Unfortunately, the remaining 16 small public-use airports in the State that do not receive FAA funding were not included in this exemption. During this past session in Annapolis, I was successful in drafting legislation that passed into law House Bill 874- Air Navigation Protection from Hazards act of 2017.  The law rectifies the discrepancy by including all 36 public-use landing facilities in Maryland in the FCA exemption. I am confident this new law will allow all of our airports to maintain safe facilities and minimize the delay in addressing hazardous trees. I could not have been successful without the strong oral testimony from the aviation industry. Jaime Giandomenico, Jared Esselman, and Mike Henry spend a day driving to Annapolis and waiting to testify before the committee. Their willingness to invest the time in supporting in the bill was instrumental. Other members if the aviation industry provided written support of the bill. I would also commend the environmental advocacy groups for recognizing the necessity for this law and supporting its passage. I am proud to serve the aviation community in their efforts to make our airports safe across Maryland.

Once-Shy Maryland Airport Reconnects with Community Through Successful “Wings & Wheels” Event

pilot in A-10 jet showing young boy the cockpitby Jerry DiCairano

Salisbury, Md.—No one can remember the last time this rural airport hosted a major community event. The probable answer is “Never.” But that all changed on Saturday, May 20th, when Salisbury Regional Airport in Salisbury, Md., shook off its shyness and said, “Come on over!” to families on the eastern shore of Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia.

And indeed they came. Bucking a blustery wind and unusually cool temperatures, more than a thousand guests arrived to inspect military and civilian aircraft, tour the control tower, drool over a long line of classic cars, and enjoy a free pancake breakfast. There were other activities, too, including helicopter rides and a well-attended “Rusty Pilots” seminar presented by the AOPA.

“Airports need the support of their communities, and this was our way of letting people know that we are here to serve them—that we are growing and improving in all sorts of ways,” said Dawn Veatch, the airport’s new manager, who has been at the controls for less than four months. Coming soon to the airport, she informed attendees, were new general-aviation hangars, remodeled spaces in the airline terminal, new food services, and a fleet of jet airliners which will

replace the venerable De Havilland Dash 8 turboprops that have served the airport for decades. The older planes, she noted, are retiring to make way for Piedmont Airlines’ newly acquired Embraer ERJ 145 aircraft. Piedmont is headquartered at Salisbury Regional and was the lead sponsor among some 40 organizations that funded and supported the Wings & Wheels event.

Mrs. Veatch, who holds airline-transport and flight-instructor pilot certificates, added that post-9/11 security measures have discouraged friendly public interaction with smaller airports, contributing in some measure to the nation’s current pilot shortage. Future pilots, she believes, often begin their romance with aviation at a tender age—and often at events just like Salisbury’s, where young children have their first opportunity to talk to pilots and closely inspect all kinds of aircraft. “I think I saw many future pilots at our event,” said Mrs. Veatch, smiling. “Some of them were elementary-school age, and some may have been in strollers.”

New Hangar Development at FDK

The Frederick Municipal Airport recently released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for new hangar development.  The hangar complex will be situated in the infield adjacent to existing facilities.  Currently, all 125 hangars at Frederick are under lease.  Airport Manager Rick Johnson calls this a “great opportunity for FDK.”  “Working with a private developer on a new hangar complex ensures FDK keeps pace with the high demand we see from pilots with smaller aircraft,” he said.  Interested in submitting a proposal?  See here for more information: https://www.cityoffrederick.com/Bids.aspx.

 architectural rendering of new hangars at Frederick Municipal Airport

County airfield ready for takeoff

Cambridge-Dorchester Regional Airport plans to grow to meet demand

CAMBRIDGE — Team Blue is go for takeoff.

Team at Cambridge airport standing  by aircraft

These four men keep Cambridge-Dorchester Regional Airport running. Pictured Tuesday from left are Meighan K. “Chis” Chisholm Sr., airport manager; Snap Johnson, airport operations; Brandon Lane, airport technician; and Joe Budd, airport maintenance.

Cambridge-Dorchester Regional Airport Manager Meighan K. “Chis” Chisholm Sr. is proud of his crew, and proud of the county airport. Mr. Chisholm and his staff — Snap Johnson, Joe Budd and Brandon Lane — have stayed busy since Chis became manager in September 2015.

“I call them Team Blue,” Mr. Chisholm said of his crew in their blue work gear. “This team is steadily completing projects.”

In August 2015, the Dorchester County Council, Maryland Aviation Administration and Federal Aviation Administration agreed to Cambridge-Dorchester’s Airport Layout Plan, or ALP. The five-year plan at the airfield — airport code KCGE — guides its growth, and there is much growth in store.

A month after the ALP was finalized, Chis became manager and immediately got to work. At the time, the airport needed a good, fresh coat of paint. Mr. Chisholm and Team Blue sealed cracks in the runway and repainted airfield markings. Next, rust was removed from the two 12,000 gallon fuel tanks, and they were repainted. This past summer, a big hangar that once housed a paint shop got a new, insulated roof, and then a new frame and equipment for its giant doors. Team Blue continues to seal cracks in the pavement in other areas of the airport.

Along with ongoing maintenance, the airport is growing, and Mr. Chisholm, County Manager Jeremy Goldman and the county council have more growth in mind. Speaking April 4, Mr. Chisholm said 35 planes are currently stored at the airport. There are 32 hangars leased to private owners. A constant waiting list for hangar space, currently at 18 slots, is an indication of demand at the airfield.

“We always have a waiting list,” Mr. Chisholm said. “That’s one reason we want to build more hangars.”

Future plans include four more rows of 12 hangars to be leased for private use. According to the ALP, the new hangars will be placed between the current hangars and the fuel tanks near the south end of the field. A double-wide trailer that once occupied the area was recently removed. The ALP also includes two more fuel tanks.

Mr. Chisholm said when he was hired as manager, he was directed to prioritize the runway’s expansion. The runway is currently 4,476 feet long. The ALP includes lengthening the runway by 923 feet to the south.

“We handle light to medium business jets,” Chis said. The runway expansion, “would bring us up to larger aircraft, the full range of medium jets.”

According to Mr. Chisholm, an unused rail line that borders the airport presents a challenge to lengthening the landing strip. County leaders are working with government organizations to remove the stretch of railroad near KCGE.

In the meantime, the airport is growing in other ways.

In 2016, the size of the ramp off the runway was tripled. Also, 21 new aircraft tie-down spots were added at the parking apron near the airport terminal. Chis said KCGE is always very busy on the weekends. Many people fly in and grab lunch at the popular Kay’s at the Airport. The expanded plane-parking area allows pilots to keep an eye on their aircraft from Kay’s.

A maintenance shop is located at the north end of the field. A narrow service road was constructed to access the shop when the parking apron and expanded ramp were built. The gate in front of the maintenance shop is brand new. Gates or chains to block other entryways into the airport were also recently installed. A security fence surrounding the entire airport, once the runway is expanded, is included in the ALP.

The plan also includes big changes near the parking apron. County Manager Goldman is negotiating with corporate representatives to eventually build three new corporate hangars near the airport terminal. According to County Council President Ricky Travers, talks are going well. The hangars will be built as businesses agree to move in. Mr. Travers said it’s just a matter of time.

“That airport is a huge economic tool because, just the basic part of it, the more planes that come and go, the more fuel the county sells which helps fuel the operations of the airport,” Mr. Travers said. “The airport, it’s been said by a lot of people, is a gem in the rough.”

According to Mr. Travers and Mr. Chisholm, many of the airport’s projects are funded by the MAA and FAA.

Mr. Travers said most of the airport’s customers are working people. When they come to Dorchester, they tend to stay in the county during their visits. Many pilots fly to the airport just to make a leisurely trip, meet other pilots, and get some lunch. According to Mr. Chisholm, a lot of the pilots who rent hangar space use their planes for work.

“The airport is the portal to expand the boundaries for financial flow,” Chis said. “It moves the business people in and their businesses. It brings in those who will hire local people.

“It’s about connectivity. It connects us with all of the other nodes of business. Without that, it’s Route 50, and a lot of the traffic on there is passing through, not stopping.”

Mr. Travers said he appreciates Mr. Chisholm’s passion for the airport, and the work of Team Blue.

“He is an awesome person to be in there right now,” Mr. Travers said. “A lot of things we’ve seen on paper are now coming to fruition.”

Sometimes Chis loses sleep while thinking about the airport.

“I love this place. I get excited about this,” Chis said. “My 3 a.m. to 4 a.m. is often when I wake up thinking of things. Usually, by the time I come in, the team has already come up with an excellent solution, and I didn’t need to worry at all.”

Salisbury Airport’s Changing Horizon

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Dawn R. H. Veatch has joined Wicomico County as the new manager of SBY. . .

and things are moving full throttle these days.  With the airport so well located, and able to expand in onsite business development and a longer runway in the master plan, we expect Salisbury to emerge as a great economic engine on the Delmarva peninsula in the near future.

Dawn VeatchMrs. 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 Airport. This includes constructing new hangars for small, private aircraft and larger, corporate-owned craft, plus a dedicated area for UAVs.