fueling a low wing airplane at Bayland Aviation at Sby

Great new things are happening at the SBY Regional Airport!  Check it out:

  1. We now have a “fly-in” Flight surgeon office on our airfield.  Please schedule your next Fight Physical with Dr. Thomas Rosenthal – 410-860-8446
  2. RFP was just released seeking developers for our new Box and T-Hangar complex.  The box hangars will be 60’ x 60’ with dual door access, and the T-Hangars will have 49’ electric bi-fold door. This project will also include an ECO –Friendly aircraft wash rack and restroom.  If you aren’t already on our wait list,  you may have missed a fantastic opportunity.  Go to Wicomico County Website and Bids. And contact SBY  Regional Airport for Hangar availability- –  410-548-4827
  3. We will have self- serve fuel next fall to include SWIFT 80/87 octane fuel for various types of GA aircraft.
  4. We have completed the resurfacing of the Taxilanes between the three existing T-Hangars!  No more Pot-holes.
  5. We will begin painting the T-Hangars this summer.
  6. Corporate Hangar Ramp Resurfacing and Painting are pending our budget approval.  Will know by June 15th!

We are actively seeking another FBO for Corporate Jet Service Center that will provide maintenance and avionics services to all GA Aircraft.  These are just a few of the exciting new facilities and improvements being made at SBY Regional Airport.  Check us out at www.flySBYairport.com

Massey’s 15th Chili Fiesta Fly-In

Massey’s 15th Chili Fiesta Fly-In was a success despite low ceilings early and rain up north that kept most PA & NJ fliers at home. When the sun broke out we had 60 guest planes including a T-6 Texan (WWII trainer) from the Richmond, VA area. The parking lot was full of local drive-ins and our visitors brought just the right amount of chili to share. The turn-out made for a fine, relaxing day. The pilots come mainly for the camaraderie after a long Winter, a chance to look at some unusual, interesting planes and the free food is a bonus. Massey is fortunate to have such a well drained grass runway, and as usual it was perfect despite the rain earlier in the week. Massey built a ten unit T-Hangar over the Winter (our first) and it should be operational by July. When I say we built it, I mean that literally – Massey volunteers erected the structural steel frame and the 20 (20’) rolling steel doors. Now we are looking forward to the 50th Anniversary Antique Fly-In conducted by the Potomac Antique Aero Squadron (PAAS) on June 9th. This is the former Horn Point Fly-In that moved up to Massey 3 years ago. As the only Antique Airplane Assoc. (AAA) JUDGED event in our region, it attracts the best restorations and it feels like it belongs at Massey Aerodrome.



Tipton Airport Hosts CAP G1000 VFR Ground School

G1000 Ground School classroom at Tipton Airport

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. CAP’s 57,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. CAP also plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to 24,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com for more information.


Keeping in line with Civil Air Patrol’s Aerospace Education mission, on 12 August 2017 members of CAP’s Apollo Squadron (MD85) based at Tipton Airfield hosted CAP G1000 VFR Ground Training for 17 members from all corners of the state of Maryland.

The VFR Transition to G1000 ground course material is designed to enable pilots a smooth transition to Technologically Advanced Aircraft for VFR flight and is divided into two modules, G1000 (VFR) and Autopilot (VFR) .An additional ground school and check-ride is required for IFR.

The objectives are to develop knowledge and skills for successful VFR transition to G1000 including elements of flight managment skills, Primary Flight Display (PFD organization, use of nav/com radios, Multi-Function Display (MFD) organization, malfunctions, and systems. The second module objectives include information management, automation management for the KAP 140 and GFC 700 autopilots, and risk management.

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.”

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.”

FAA Easing Pilot Troubles . . .

FAA launches a Consistency and Standardization Initiative —easing trouble for pilot errors

On January 4th at the airport managers association meeting, Mr. Jarrell Pratt of FAA, Balt. FSDO explained the Consistency and Standardization Initiative.

The initiative promotes safety with respectful, and professional services, a clear explanation of requirements, alternatives, and possible outcomes associated with safety violations.  “We are now easing some of our minor violations measures of corrective measures,” stated Mr. Pratt. Example: If a pilot violates air space rules with no accident or other aircraft’s involved, we will want to know why that violation took place. Is it because he can’t navigate, or maybe the pilot needs more training? Overall, the goal is to correct errors and promote safety rather than punish the pilot.

Salisbury Airport’s Changing Horizon


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.




RJD – Ridgely Revival Underway

aerial of Ridgely Airport

RJD – Ridgely Revival Underway

Grass and paved tie downs are available now. Call 240-464-8998.

With great approaches and a NEW beautiful 3,214 foot runway, Ridgely is on its way back to being better than ever!

Since the 152-acre property was purchased last January, there has been a massive clean-up of junk cars and planes, major work on the grounds, and repairs to existing hangars and buildings.  The greatest improvement to date is the resurfacing and widening of the runway and the clean-up of the approach to RWY 30.  Work continues on a new FBO building opening soon, a new friendly fuel area and a snack shop.

The new airport manager is Mike O’Brien, who with the help of MAA (Maryland Aviation Administration) is well underway at transforming the forgotten gem into a star.

The 2017 plans include:
• New pilots lounge and bath rooms.
• Resurfaced taxiways and New ramp and apron.
• Construction of 20 New T-Hangars
• Two additional Aircraft Maintenance buildings.
• Launch of Ridgely Runway Restaurant.
• New AWOS system.

Sounds like a candidate for fun places to fly!

45th Antique Aeroplane Fly-In

June 11 (Sat)
Raindate Sunday June 12th

This is an AAA (Antique Airplane Association) event (formerly the Horn Point Antique Fly-In) conducted by the Potomac Antique Aero Squadron (PAAS) and hosted for the first time at Massey Aerodrome. Times: 7AM-5PM with judging until 2PM. Food & drinks available on field. Registration begins 9AM @ $15 per aircraft. Judging 9:30am-2:00pm. 4PM Awards Presentation. No admission or landing fees but donations to the Potomac Antique Aero Squadron appreciated to help continue the antique fly-in. All are welcome!
Fly-In Director: Mike Strieter 301 440-5294
Email: strieterstinson@verizon.net
Visit Massey Air Museum to see all upcoming events!