A heart felt congratulations and farewell to Alan Caldwell, who helped maintain the Skyhaven Airport to the highest standards for the past ten years. Al never missed a snow storm, and was always cheerful and willing to help anyone that flew into Skyhaven Airport in Rochester, NH.
Al, we thank you for your service and wish you the best in your retirement.
Andrew B. Pomeroy, C.M.
Manager, Aviation Planning and Regulatory Compliance
Pease Airport Management Department
KPSM & KDAW
The Nov. 1 opening of T-Aviation, an aircraft maintenance facility at Skyhaven Airport, fills a need and supports continuing commercial growth in the region.
“It’s apparent the Tri-City communities continue to attract commercial and industrial companies to the region, and we want to make sure those entities have efficient access to the world,” said Paul Brean, executive director of the Pease Development Authority, which oversees Skyhaven.
T-Aviation received approval from the PDA board in October to lease a 4,800-square- foot hangar, where it can service up to five fixed wing general aviation airplanes at a time, according to Mark Pride, the business manager who runs the facility with founder Thomas Morgera.
“The immediate goal is a general aviation maintenance facility that primarily services the Skyhaven aircraft owners, as well as the general Seacoast area and the Lakes Region,” said Pride. “I know they’ve been lacking this kind of service, this kind of capability for a few years now, and we’re very happy to now accommodate them.” An active flying club with 80 members and the Civil Air Patrol use Skyhaven and T-Aviation’s services.
T-Aviation (skyhavennh.com/) is taking a phased approach to its development as it looks ahead to tuning its services to the needs of the region.
Skyhaven Airport (DAW), the public-use airport in Rochester operated by the Pease Development Authority, has announcedt T-Aviation, LLC is now operating out of its Aircraft Maintenance Hangar 5.
The family-run and veteran-owned T-Aviation has been providing world-class maintenance and logistics support for aircraft maintenance, parts acquisition, and project management in commercial, business and general aviation industries since 2017.
As of Nov. 1, T-Aviation handles scheduled and unscheduled maintenance activities, annual/100/50-hour inspections, engine/propeller/airframe services, minor modifications/repairs and more at Skyhaven Airport, which serves the Seacoast and Lakes Region of New Hampshire. All maintenance tasks are performed using original equipment manufacturer maintenance technical manuals and data.
“This new partnership will help rejuvenate the aviation maintenance capabilities and services at Skyhaven Airport,” said Andrew Pomeroy, Manager of Aviation Planning and Regulatory Compliance for Pease Development Authority, who oversees Skyhaven Airport. “T-Aviation is locally owned and brings years of maintenance and business management experience to the table. I believe they are just the right fit for the Skyhaven Community and share our vision of growth and a bright future for the Rochester Skyhaven Airport.” Read more
In government parlance, they’re “roadable aircraft” as opposed to flying cars, and they may be coming to airports and roads in and around Portsmouth and Rochester sooner than later.
That’s because a bill signed by Gov. Chris Sununu on July 24 makes New Hampshire the first state in the country to create a legal framework for registering, licensing and inspecting these vehicles that are part car/part plane.
“It’s great that New Hampshire is trying to get in ahead of the curve,” said Paul Brean, executive director of the Pease Development Authority, which oversees two airports where he sees opportunities for these craft – Portsmouth International Airport at the Pease International Tradeport and Skyhaven Airport in Rochester.
According to Brean, Pease has “vast aeronautical parcels” available for companies that might want to assemble and test these roadable aircraft. And Skyhaven, he said, offers owners of these vehicles the opportunity to “drive to the airport and take to the skies.” Read more here
We’re excited to announce a great new addition to the Skyhaven Airport community: T-Aviation LLC, an aircraft maintenance and repair shop. As of November 1, T-Aviation will operate out of Skyhaven’s Aircraft Maintenance Hangar 5 next to the terminal building. Stop by and say hello to Thomas E. Morgera, IA, A&P, and Mark S. Pride, Business Manager. This dynamic team brings years of maintenance and business management experience to the table and they are excited to serve our community.
This is a great opportunity to get your next annual inspection scheduled and done… right here on the field!
With the air smelling like rain, and the sky blanketed in stubborn clouds refusing to disperse, a new runway was unveiled that would allow pilots an easier time landing in conditions much like those overhead.
There was a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Skyhaven Airport on Saturday to celebrate a new runway that was finished in November. The runway was lengthened from 4,000 feet to 4,200 feet and added Omni directional approach lighting system to assist pilots in locating the runway.
Bill Hopper said the new runway allows planes a safety buffer in the case of bad weather or lack of visibility.
“It increases the approach capabilities of the runway,” he said. “In less visibility we’re still able to operate.”
Peter Brucker, the chair of Skyhaven Airport advisory council, said this is a critical step for the infrastructure in the area.
“It is a very integral part of NPIAS (National Plan of Integral Airport Systems),” he said. “It is now more likely for businesses to base their planes at Skyhaven.” Read more.
New Hampshire airports are slated to receive $15.2 million in federal funding in response to the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the state’s congressional delegation said Tuesday.
The funding through the $2 trillion CARES Act has been allotted and deposits will soon be received directly by the airports, according to Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s office.
Most of the money — $12.1 million – has been slated for Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. An additional $1.6 million is slated for the Portsmouth International Airport at Pease.
Lesser amounts will be distributed as detailed below:
- Lebanon Municipal (Lebanon) – $1,060,370
- Dillant-Hopkins (Keene) – $69,000
- Laconia Municipal (Laconia) – $69,000
- Boire Field (Nashua) – $69,000
- Berlin Regional (Berlin) – $30,000
- Claremont Municipal (Claremont) – $30,000
- Concord Municipal (Concord) – $30,000
- Dean Memorial (Haverhill) – $20,000
- Parlin Field (Newport) – $30,000
- Plymouth Municipal (Plymouth) – $20,000
- Skyhaven (Rochester) – $30,000
- Mount Washington Regional (Whitefield) – $30,000
A FedEx plane that landed Sunday at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport with 91,000 pounds of personal protective equipment will help the state fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now the airport needs help.
Coming to the aid of airports struggling with declining traffic, federal officials on Tuesday announced New Hampshire facilities will receive $15.2 million through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Manchester will receive $12,129,630, the most among the 14 airports that will benefit.
Portsmouth International Airport will receive $1,607,474 and Lebanon Municipal Airport $1,060,370.
Airports are needed to ensure essential workers and supplies can reach the state and business and industry travelers can make necessary trips, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said in a statement Tuesday.
“These resources will provide urgent relief to help our airports weather this storm so they can continue to operate and provide Granite Staters with transportation options once this pandemic is behind us,” she said.
The CARES Act money is in addition to $1.25 billion the state will receive for COVID-19 emergency response efforts. New Hampshire previously received $4.9 million for COVID-19 preparations from the first coronavirus response bill, according to the statement.
Last month, Shaheen led a bipartisan call urging the Trump Administration to work with Congress to deliver relief to U.S. airports. The announcement Tuesday included Sen. Maggie Hassan and Reps. Annie Kuster and Chris Pappas.
Gov. Chris Sununu, who heard about the money during his daily COVID-19 briefing Tuesday, called it “terrific news.” Read more.
Following a two-year holding pattern, the Pease Development Authority reluctantly accepted the transfer of Skyhaven Airport — along with a projected $200,000 annual loss in revenue — at its board of directors meeting Thursday.
PORTSMOUTH — Following a two-year holding pattern, the Pease Development Authority reluctantly accepted the transfer of Skyhaven Airport — along with a projected $200,000 annual loss in revenue — at its board of directors meeting Thursday.
The vote was more of a formality because the PDA, a state agency, was handed the responsibility of managing the airport from the state Legislature. The idea was first proposed in 2007, but a number of technical issues had to be resolved before the transfer was made official.
While the PDA voted 4-1 (with one abstention) in favor of taking over airport operations, most members made it clear they did not feel it was the best move.
“I’m going to vote for it,” said board member Peggy Lamson, “but I’m mad.”
“This is an undertaking that we know is going to at least cost us a couple hundred thousand a year,” said board member Bob Allard. “I just can’t vote for it. I don’t know what that means. I know there would be a number of ramifications … I’m just going to vote ‘no’ and see what happens.”
“This isn’t the greatest deal in the world, no question,” said board member Anthony McManus, responding to Allard’s stance. “But as I understand it, we don’t have a choice.” Read more
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