Aviation Enthusiasts: Sun ’n Fun starts April 13!

SUNn FUN at Lakeland, Florida is one of the world’s largest annual aviation events. The event runs from April 13-18 with several attractions including: daily fly-bys of homebuilts, LSA and Ultralights, Warbirds, plus the USAF Raptor/F35 Lightning/F16 Viper Demo Teams. Also the Navy’s Blue Angels, Waco Aircraft, C-17 West Coast Demo Team, Stellar Night-Time Drone shows, the Geico Skytypers, the US Army Black Dagger Parachute Team, a STOL competition, a Florida Corvette Club Car Show, and a Saturday morning 5K Run. For event info click here

Several vendors of Avionics, Airplane Kit manufacturers, assorted Pilot Supply companies, tool vendors, filling the tents and buildings throughout the Sun ’n Fun Venue area. Purchase tickets here.

Download EAA Chapter 225 April Newsletter for more Aviation news

Skyhaven Airport partners with T-Aviation

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

Flying cars may be coming soon to NH airport – and road – near you

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

New Aircraft Maintenance and Repair Shop

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!

Find out more. Contact them at 603-403-8061 or email: Mark.Taviation@gmail.com

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Skyhaven Airport unveils longer runway

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.

Wings & Wheels Event

The Wings & Wheels event is held every September in Concord, NH. It’s a fun filled day of viewing antique vehicles, a variety of aircraft, construction and snow removal equipment, interactive exhibits and activities for all.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was postponed for 2020.

The Wings & Wheels Event wishes to thank everyone who joined them for the 2019 event!  Due to patron and sponsor support, donations were made to the NH Aviation Museum and the Chaos STEM Education Team.

Click here to stay up to date with information about the 2021 event.

Seafood For Sale on Dover Street Corner

Local businesses are getting creative in selling their food. I was driving home from the station yesterday when I came upon some lobster for sale, right from the back of a pick-up truck! See it here

Hole-in-One

Three local golfers accomplish the rare feat, just days after courses reopened to the public.

PORTSMOUTH — The only thing Sonny Boyd was thinking about when he drove into the Pease Golf Course parking lot in the early morning hours last Monday was how good it was going to feel to get back on the links.

Boyd, a 1965 graduate of Portsmouth High School and 40-year employee at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, was thinking about much more than just golf on his way back to his Kittery, Maine, home.

Boyd recorded his first career hole-in-one, acing the par-3, 162-yard ninth hole. With his 6 a.m. tee time on the state’s first day of reopening golf courses, Boyd believes he possibly could have hit the first hole-in-one in New Hampshire when his ball rolled into the hole just before 7:30 a.m.

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NH airports to receive $15.2 million: federal CARES Act

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

The state’s airports, like their counterparts across the country, have been hit hard by a drop in passengers as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.
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NH airports land $15.2M through CARES Act

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.