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.
This Sikorsky CH-54B Tarhe Helicopter is hanging out at our Airport in anticipation of the need to fight wild fires in the area. In past years these helicopters have played a critical role in saving homes and lives in our community. It is an amazing site to see an aircraft this large in operation.
- Crew: 3
- Payload: 20,000 lb (9,072 kg)
- Length: 88 ft 6 in (26.97 m)
- Rotor diameter: 72 ft 0 in (21.95 m)
- Height: 25 ft 5 in (7.75 m)
- Disc area: 4071.5 ft² (378.24 m²)
- Empty weight: 19,800 lb (8,980 kg)
- Max. takeoff weight: 47,000 lb (21,000 kg)
- Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney T73-P-700 turboshaft engines, 4,800 shp (3,580 kW) each
- Maximum speed: 130 kn (150 mph, 240 km/h)
- Cruise speed: 100 kn (115 mph, 185 km/h)
- Range: 200 NM (230 mi, 370 km)
- Service ceiling: 18,330 ft (5,600 m)
- Rate of climb: 1,330 ft/min (6.75 m/s)
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.