On Saturday May 9th the first Junior ROTC competition event ever held in the state of Utah was hosted by the BYU Arnold Air Society. The event was called the Junior Utah Military Basic Operations Competition (JUMBO). Two hundred participants from four high schools; Provo, Dixie, North Ridge and the Utah Military Academy demonstrated skills in academics, discipline, physical training, team work and leadership. The event included lunch sponsored by Zions Bank and awards sponsored by Diamond Flight Center of the Springville-Spanish Fork Airport.
WHEREAS, the aviation industry plays a critical role in the lives of Utah residents, as well as the economic prosperity of the state of Utah;
WHEREAS, the aviation sector’s contribution to the economy are fueled by a vibrant and supportive aviation community, consisting of forty-six public-use airports; commercial, business, and general aviation industries; manufacturing partners and educational institutions, and other aviation-related organizations; as well as many different professionals, including pilots, ground crews, engineers, consultants, and mechanics, to mention a few;
WHEREAS, business aviation is an important tool for companies in Utah to improve efficiency, save money, and open opportunities in rural areas not served by commercial aviation;
WHEREAS, many communities in Utah depend heavily on general aviation and community airports for the continue flow of commerce and visitors to our state;
WHEREAS, general aviation not only supports Utah’s economy, but it also improves the overall quality of life by supporting emergency medical and healthcare services, and assisting law enforcement, firefighting, and disaster relief; and
WHEREAS, we commend the Utah Airport Operators Association, Utah Business Aviation Association, Utah General Aviation Association, National Business Aviation Association, and Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for recognizing and promoting the interest and importance of aviation in Utah;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gary R. Herbert, governor of the state of Utah, do hereby declare April 2015 as
AVIATION APPRECIATION MONTH IN UTAH
Gary R. Herbert
Thanks to crews from the Spanish Fork Electrical Department several light poles and wires that have obstructed the ramp area behind the FBO are now gone. With the help of several Airport Patrons including Dave Bradford, Jim Robinson and Craig Olsen we were able to move the rotating beacon and now with the removal of the poles and wires, this area of the ramp has been opened up and can be safely utilized.
Tiffiney is going through Chemotherapy and will follow up with Radiation in hopes to shrink and slow the cancer growth. Tiffiney faces a long battle of future surgeries and subsequent treatments.
September 18, 2014 we had an amazing morning at our airport. After several weeks of planning , Tiffiny Dickerson, her four beautiful young boys, and Tiffiney’s parents departed for a magical stay at Disneyland. I encourage each one of you who read this to get involved and help this amazing young lady as she fights her battle with cancer. I know that if you will, your life will be touched.
A Special thanks goes out to Clair Anderson, Matt Taylor, Dave Nielson, Scott Pettis, Brad Brown, Steve Wilson and Dave Bennett. Without these amazing guys, this would not have happened. They opened their hearts, and their pocket books, to make a dream come true for this family, and it was done without hesitation by all. These Aircraft Owners and Pilots provided an Aircraft to transport the group to California and another Aircraft to pick them up and bring them home after their once in a lifetime adventure.
As the family returned on Tuesday, the 23rd, the smiles of joy and happiness were all over the family’s faces. Scott Pettis obviously had a special connection with the young boys as he put them on his aircraft tug, and gave them his own version of a “Disney ride” speeding through and around the hangar areas as the boys drove and laughed and screamed. It was a beautiful day to see the joy on their faces.
Thank you everybody who helped make their dream a reality!!!
Just as Tiff’s battle will be ongoing so will the financial burden. Tiff’s family and friends are now looking to raise money to help pay for medical bills and to support her health regime as she enters a period of extensive treatments.
Below are some links with more information about Tiffiney and her fight against cancer. She has a very positive attitude and is so strong, but she definitely needs all the support she can get.
https://www.facebook.com/TuffForTiff (or search “Tuff for Tiff”)
Pilots were successful in a recent Search and Rescue mission which originated from Woodhouse Field. A motorcyclist was 14 hours overdue and Aircraft were dispatched to look for the man who had been riding on Timpanogas. He was located where he had wrecked his motorcycle and become lost. Life Flight was called in to evacuate him from the mountain.
We have now completed Phase 2 of the Runway Shift. The first course of Asphalt is down and is marked with painted chevrons to indicate that it is not ready for use. We just completed the bid process for Phase 3 which will include the final paving and make the new runway usable. If everything goes as planned we will be putting the additional Runway length in to service around October of this year. There will be a few more Runway closures in September and October related to the Construction. The latest information about closures will be posted on this website. There will always be at least 2 weeks notice before any closures.
Many of the Aircraft providing air support to fight the fire above Springville used our Airport for refueling and as a base of operations. After draining the Airport Fuel tanks dry about mid day a fuel truck arrived early in the afternoon to replenish our fuel supplies. When a fire is raging a quick response can mean the difference between saving and losing someone’s home. It is at times like this that the value of our local Airport is really evident.