A Great Day at the Airport!
Nearly 5,000 Visitors
Nearly 400 Free Airplane Rides
Nearly 200 Helicopter Rides
Cool Flying Machines, Awesome Car Show
Great Food, and Lots to See
What more can I say but Thanks to everyone who made it possible.
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.
The United Flying Octogenarians (UFO) is an international organization of active pilots over the age of 80. Utah has eight members and four of them came to the Springville-Spanish Fork Airport for a UFO convention. The attendees of this very senior flying group included Don Davies age 86 from Springville, Ralph Cravens age 85 from Midvale, Donald Pantone age 86 from Ogden, and Russ Roberts age 85 from New Harmony.
After introductions at the airport and an interview with Debbie Balzotti from the Daily Harald the four flying octogenarians convened a lunch meeting at the Sizzler Restaurant hosted by Diamond Flight Center. Debbie’s Article on the group can be viewed at the following link: Daily Herald
What a great privilege to have these guys visit our Airport and see the excitement they still hold for general aviation. It is also interesting to note that the current membership of the United Flying Octogenarians is 1,456 in the United states, Canada, Argentina, Australia, France, England, and Switzerland.
Under a government contract a GPS Aerial Agricultural Survey is underway for the entire State of Utah and the Spanish Fork/Springville Airport is the Base of operations chosen by Surdex and Aerial Surveys International to stage this important work. Each day (weather permitting) planes take off and fly a grid which will ultimately cover the entire state. This work requires that there be no clouds either below or above the Aircraft since shadows of clouds negatively impact the quality of the maps. The project will take several weeks and these Aircraft are burning several hundred gallons of fuel each day.
Last week 3 “Airline Transport Pilot” Ratings were earned through Diamond Flight Center here at U77. That in and of itself is not unique, but the fact that the 3 Pilots were accomplished Air Force F-15 Pilots and they chose our Diamond Flight Center as the location to earn their rating speaks volumes about the quality of instruction available right here at the Spanish Fork/Springville Airport!
Congratulations on the new rating to Colonel Fredrick French (Pictured Above Left) and also to “ATP” certificate recipients Lt. Colonel David Unruh and Lt. Colonel Ropert Mitchell USAF F-15 Pilots (not pictured)
About an hour later Mike Patey and Dave Bennet were called out again to help State Park Officers locate a boater that had been blown into the shore on Utah Lake during a Micro-burst. The efforts of volunteer Pilots from the Spanish Fork/Springville Airport are a huge benefit to the local communities. A big Thank you to Mike Patey and Dave Bennet!