BOWMAN REGIONAL AIRPORT IS AWARDED “2016 GENERAL AVIATION AIRPORT OF THE YEAR”
Posted 3/09/17 (Thu)
BOWMAN REGIONAL AIRPORT IS AWARDED
“2016 GENERAL AVIATION AIRPORT OF THE YEAR”
The Bowman Regional Airport has received the “2016 General Aviation Airport of the Year” award. The award was presented on March 7th, 2017 at the Upper Midwest Aviation Symposium held in Minot. The award is sponsored by the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission in partnership with the Airport Association of North Dakota. This award is for excellence in maintaining safety, project management, and community awareness.
Presenting the award was Kyle Wanner, Executive Director of the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission. Accepting the award for the Bowman Regional Airport included Rodney Schaaf, Bowman Airport Chairman and Brent Kline, Bowman Airport Manager.
Accomplishments for 2016 were:
In 2016, the Bowman Regional Airport completed its first full year of operations since relocation. The airport ended the year with 19 based aircraft and approximately 5,200 aircraft operations. Users of the airport included: Mediflight, North Dakota Game & Fish Department, Weather Modification Inc., Civil Air Patrol, agricultural sprayers and numerous other businesses and general aviation pilots.
Bowman Regional Airport board members were active throughout the local area in 2016. The airport’s board members actively promoted aviation careers at the Bowman County High School, hosted a number of airport breakfasts and a summer fly-in at the airport. In addition, the airport’s terminal building was utilized for flight training, which resulted in four new pilots being certified by the Federal Aviation Administration.
In addition, the airport hosted a number of emergency preparedness exercises and continues to host a weather modification project at the airport. These emergency preparedness exercises included the Quad State Search and Rescue exercise and a statewide Civil Air Patrol Search and Rescue exercise. In November, Bowman County voters favored to keep the cloud modification project running in Western North Dakota.
The Bowman Regional Airport is congratulated for a tremendous year of accomplishments.