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.
By 1st Lt. Chris McClelland, CAP
What is CAP? This is a question I have asked myself many times over the last few days as I have been thinking about this article. CAP is the acronym for the Civil Air Patrol, which is officially an auxiliary of the United States Air Force, but to my family CAP represents something more. CAP is opportunity. The opportunity for my child, both male and female, to participate as a civilian in an organization that instills in its members the principles of leadership and accountability that make our nation’s Air Force the best in the world. It is an opportunity for my child to learn service and teamwork, but it also gives him an opportunity for hands-on training in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) areas of education as he learns as a cadet to participate in search and rescue and disaster relief operations on the ground as well as from the air. Participation in CAP is an investment in a brighter future for my child and an opportunity for him to learn and grow in ways that would be difficult to replicate anywhere else. As you read the following information about CAP, take a moment to wonder about the opportunity it could be for your child.
About CAP and Why a Local Hangar
The Phantom Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the United States Air Force, is kicking off fundraising activities for the construction of a new hangar at the Spanish Fork-Springville Airport to be used as a base for the squadron’s activities in Utah County. The hangar project would have room for three small aircraft and plenty of room for the cadet and senior member meetings and activities. If you are wondering how you can get involved in the funding of this worthy enterprise, please call Lt. Col. Jim Stewart, a local physician and CAP mission pilot at 210-724-6342 or visit www.phantomsquadron.org, where you will find a link that will facilitate a donation to the project and a link to a video about this project.
This project will cost about $350,000, so we are looking for donations of all sizes. So far, several generous individuals have donated approximately $60,000 or 20 percent of our goal. Please donate generously, but any amount helps towards a noble project that will help young people develop into responsible leaders of the future.
If you are between the ages of 12 and 18, male or female, and are interested in aviation and other opportunities mentioned in this article, we recommend you go to the website listed above, or you can attend one of our meetings currently held at the Provo Airport. We meet at 3131 Mike Jense Parkway, Provo, in the Utah Valley University Fire and Rescue Building, every Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. New adult members are welcome, too, and you don’t have to be a pilot to join. In fact, most are not. For more information on joining CAP, call Capt. Paul Jensen, a CAP mission pilot, at (801)423-3802.
The Civil Air Patrol has three main missions: Aerospace Education, Cadet Programs and Emergency Services. The Aerospace Education mission has both internal and external components. Internally, CAP educates its own members in matters of aerospace history and air power. Externally, programs at schools and in the community raise awareness of aerospace issues within the general public. Aerospace education personnel work with local teachers of all grade levels, particularly in providing TOP Flight, an opportunity for teachers to take to the air and experience flight with one of our pilots. This translates into increasing enthusiasm for aviation education in the classroom.
Perhaps the most important mission of CAP is to train the aerospace and business leaders of tomorrow in elements of leadership. The cadet program is where this happens. Leadership training, accepting and exercising positions of responsibility, and character-building exercises all play key roles in the cadet program. Within the cadet organization, young people learn the leadership and organizational styles of the military fashioned after the organization of the United States Air Force. One of the biggest draws to the cadet program are the many opportunities for cadets to learn about aviation and even get some flight time behind the controls of an actual aircraft in what are called Orientation Flights with a highly skilled pilot. There are even opportunities for the cadets to get substantial flight training and scholarships.
The other area in which CAP is involved is Emergency Services, which is divided into Disaster Relief and Search and Rescue. Disaster Relief involves providing help after a natural disaster such as a hurricane, flood or earthquake. It involves coordinating relief efforts with other state, federal and local agencies and transporting needed personnel to affected areas. CAP also ferries medical supplies and necessary organs for transplant in times of emergency. Search and Rescue involves searches for missing or downed aircraft. Nationwide last year, the Civil Air Patrol accounted for 83 “finds” of missing aircraft. The Air Force assigns these missions to CAP and provides the aircraft to conduct the searches. These aircraft are used regularly to conduct Search and Rescue exercises as well as actual live missions.
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