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Congratulations and farewell to Alan Caldwell

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
(603) 433-6536

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

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.

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.

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