At the 19th running of the AirVenture Cup Cross-Country Air Race which took place at 9am on July 24, 2016, from Mitchell, SD to Wausau, WI, with several intermediate turning points creating a course of 400+ nautical miles, Mike Patey dominated the race with an average speed of 438.02 miles per hour. Only one other aircraft in the 19 year history of the race has finished the course with an average speed higher than 400 mph. Mike’s plane now has the distinction of being the fastest aircraft in any category in AirVenture Cup Race history by a significant margin. The race is open to a wide variety of pilots and aircraft, from sport pilots to astronauts, and J-3 Cubs to Turbine Legends.
Helicopter Express of Atlanta Georgia with support crew and two helicopters; K MAX heavy lift and HUEY medium lift, will be based at Woodhouse Field for the 2016 Fire Season on an as needed call-out basis.
It is not often I walk into the Airport Pilots Lounge and everyone is speaking German. Just when I think I’ve seen everything we get a new and unique visit here at the Airport. Today was our first visit from an AeroTrek plane which was built in the Czech republic and brought to Atlanta Ga. from Germany in a shipping container. From there this German family is using it to explore the US “Low and Slow” After touring Texas and Arizona and a brief stop here at U77, the family will be checking out Yellowstone and the US Northwest. Using a support vehicle the group takes turns riding and flying as they crisscross the US on their grand adventure.
Katharina, Iris, Leo and Detlev alongside their Rotax 912 powered Aero Trek
This large jet flew into U77 today
Working together over the last decade and a half collectively we have:
- Executed a creative development alternative (of shifting the runway to the northwest rather than acquiring land to the southeast) that would not only meet standards but also be less expensive, less disruptive and ultimately provide additional runway length.
- Updated the Airport Layout Plan.
- Completed two wetland delineations and mitigation plans.
- Completed the Environmental Assessment.
- Completed land acquisition and relocated one resident.
- Constructed replacement wetlands.
- Completed the engineering design and phased construction schedules.
- Closed a portion of 800 West.
- Completed off‐site County Road improvements.
- Rerouted irrigation lines and installed new pipe’
- And completed a $6.3 million project consisting of three phases of construction including the shifting runway 12/30 by 890 feet to the northwest to put the RPZ entirely on airport property removing the displaced threshold, and extending the runway from 5,700 feet to 6,500 feet.
The project was certainly not without its challenges…overcoming wet soils, a motorcycle accident, concerned landowners, bent wingtips, and sunken excavators…but the teamwork, effective communication, perseverance and cooperation of EVERYONE involved has resulted in the successful completion of a major project that is going to contribute to current and future generations within the Spanish Fork and Springville communities. We have a fantastic aviation community here at the airport and fantastic communities within Spanish Fork and Springville that support it. Thank you to everyone who worked hard to make this happen!
Jordan Woodhouse “Great Grandson” of the Airport Founder Ralph Woodhouse cut the ribbon officially opening the newly extended Runway.