SLN Airport Reporting Points
October 2015
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In the Spotlight
Elizabeth Nelson

Elizabeth Nelson, Shawnee, Kan., joined the Salina Airport Authority in August as their Administrative Assistant. She plans to graduate from Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus in May with a Bachelors degree in Airport Management and a minor in Aviation Safety.
During her time at Kansas State Polytechnic, Elizabeth has earned her private pilot's license, served as the Programming Board Chair for the Student Governing Association and as Secretary for Kappa Sigma Alpha, and is the President/Co-Founder of the Kansas State Polytechnic AAAE Student Chapter.
She has always had a passion for aviation; some of her first memories of aviation date back to her childhood years when she would sit and watch planes take-off and land with her grandfather. Going to the airport and traveling has always been one of her favorite pastimes and she is thrilled to finally dedicate her time and effort to the Salina Regional Airport. She thoroughly looks forward to interacting with everyone throughout her experience with the Salina Airport Authority as their Administrative Assistant.

To learn more about the Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus Airport Management Program, visit

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From the XD's Desk: Pilots' Meeting with Smoky Hill Weapons Range Personnel
On Saturday, November 7, 2015, 10:00 AM at hangar 409 Schilling Aviation Services (SAS) will host a pilots' meeting the will feature a briefing from Kansas Air National Guard personnel. All pilots who operate in the KSLN area should be familiar with the airspace and operations of the weapons range. Range personnel will offer advice and tips on how to safely fly the area encompassed by range restricted and military airspace.

The meeting is being hosted by Schilling Aviation Services who is celebrating their first year anniversary at KSLN. Bob and Janet Pahls invite area pilots to help them celebrate by attending the pilots' meeting.

SAS is a welcome addition to the over 100 businesses and organizations that are located at the Salina Regional Airport and Airport Industrial Center.

I look forward to seeing you at Hangar 409 for the next week's Range briefing and SAS celebration.
Tim Rogers, A.A.E.
Executive Director
Salina Airport Authority
Salina Regional Airport & Airport Industrial Center

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Feature Facility
The Salina Airport Authority has available for lease, a nearly 12,000 sq. ft. office and shop facility located in the Salina Airport Industrial Center. Located near corporate neighbors that include the Schwan Food Company and easy access to several of Salina's larger employers including Salina Vortex, Eldorado National and GeoProbe Systems.

Commonly known as Bldg. 313, this well maintained facility features large windows providing natural daylight throughout and offers nearly 8,000 sq. ft of shop space. 

Call the Salina Airport Authority at 785-827-3914 to schedule a tour or check it out online at

Family values, work ethic help Bieker thrive at Salina Airport Authority

Kenny Bieker has rebuilt his share of homes and been involved in building and designing many miles of streets, highways, curbs, gutters and runways since graduating from Hays High School in 1978.

All of the above prepared him to oversee construction, maintenance and airfield work at Salina Regional Airport and Industrial Center.

It can be a stressful job, he admitted. But pulling strength from growing up as the seventh of nine children of a Hays family, the soft-spoken Bieker handles daily duties without many headaches.

"You have to control worry, take it in stride. You could worry yourself to death on so many things that can happen," he said. "But if you think you're going to have a relaxing day, believe me, you're not."

Bieker is responsible for about 1.3 million square feet of Airport Industrial Center buildings, more than 100 tenants, and "millions of square feet of pavement" in four runways - one of them more than 2 miles long - airport apron and parking lots.

Partners Kansas State University Salina and Westar Energy build one of the largest enclosed flight facilities for UAS in the nation

Kansas State University Salina and industry partner Westar Energy are advancing unmanned aircraft systems, or UAS, education, training and research with the creation of a new flight facility.

The UAS Pavilion, constructed on K-State Salina's campus, is one of the largest enclosed unmanned flight facilities in the nation. Measuring 300-feet-long by 200-feet-wide and 50-feet-tall, the structure will enable staff and students in K-State Salina's  unmanned aircraft systems program  to conduct flight training and research within steps of their lab space. Also, the structure connects outside industries to an arena for company training and research.

An official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the pavilion has been planned in conjunction with Westar Energy at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, on the K-State Salina campus. Both the media and the public are invited to attend.

Flight instruction and aircraft rental
The Salina Airport Authority is excited to announce that Schilling Aviation Services, 2010 Rogers Ct. now offers flight instruction and aircraft rental.
For additional information, please contact Bob Pahls, Schilling Aviation Services (785) 404-6025.

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