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February 2016
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Salina Airport Authority awarded The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to Salina Airport Authority by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).  The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

An award of Financial Reporting Achievement has been awarded to the individual(s), department of agency designated by the goverment as primarily responsible for preparing the award-winning CAFR.  This has been presented to:

Michelle R. Swanson, Director of Administration and Finance

The CAFR has been judges by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive "spirit of full disclosure" to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals with offices in Chicago, IL and Washington, D.C.

KDOT announces Interim state aviation director 

Kansas Transportation Secretary Mike King has named Dennis O'Connor the state's interim director of aviation.
O'Connor, who has been at the Kansas Department of Transportation since July 2014, has been serving as the agency's manager of federal and state affairs. In 1986, he earned his first pilot's license; since 1998 he has served in a variety of capacities at airports and aviation agencies in Tennessee, New Jersey, California and New York. He is an instrument-rated commercial pilot and flight instructor and has a communications degree from State University of New York at Geneseo. 
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From the XD's Desk: Welcome Great Lakes Airlines
On April 1 Great Lakes Airlines will start nonstop flights to the Denver International Airport from the Salina Regional Airport in the airline's 30 passenger Embraer Brasilia regional aircraft. The flights will connect Salina area residents, businesses, medical facilities and universities to one of the nation's top air carrier hubs. That means nonstop connections to over 180 destinations. Great Lakes is a United codeshare partner and also has interline agreements with American and Delta. This all adds up to greater ease and comfort in scheduling air travel to and from Salina.

The effort to secure much improved scheduled air service was led by a partnership consisting of the City of Salina, Saline County, Salina Airport Authority and the Salina Chamber of Commerce. The members of the Salina/Saline County Air Service Advisory Group were instrumental in evaluating options available to our community.

We all extend our welcome to Great Lakes and look forward to the airline's long term success serving Salina and all of North Central Kansas. 

Tim Rogers, A.A.E.
Executive Director
Salina Airport Authority
Salina Regional Airport & Airport Industrial Center

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Great Lakes Airlines Selected for Salina, KS Flights
The U.S. Department of Transportation has selected Great Lakes Airlines to provide Essential Air Service Program flights from the Salina Regional Airport to the Denver International Airport. Great Lakes will provide Salina area residents and businesses with nonstop service in 30 seat Embraer Brasilia regional airliner. The new flights are scheduled to start on April 1, 2016.

Doug Voss, Great Lakes chairman and CEO commented that "we are looking forward to providing Salina passengers access to the Denver hub that offers nonstop, connecting flights to over 180 destinations. Our code share partnership with United Airlines will make ticketing easy and convenient."

Improvements to the passenger screening and seating areas at the M.J. Kennedy Air Terminal are underway in order to better accommodate Denver flights. The improvements will enable Great Lakes to offer passengers easy check-in and a remodeled boarding area.

Salina Airport Authority board chairman, Mike Hoppock stated that "Denver flights will benefit area businesses and colleges who need to bring visitors and students to Salina from across the nation. The terminal building improvements will benefit both local residents and visitors to our community."

The USDOT selection order can be found at

Salina's new airline looking at local partnerships to combat pilot shortage
The new commercial air service provider at the Salina Regional Airport doesn't start flying until April 1, but Great Lakes Airlines officials are already looking at how they can partner with resources in the community.

Great Lakes is returning to Salina after six years and will be offering nonstop flights to Denver.

Concurrently, the previous carrier, Seaport Airlines - which the airport's executive director, Tim Rogers, says had a noticeable decline in service over the last year - ended its service out of Salina this past weekend, from where it had been flying to Kansas City.

But Great Lakes officials were in Salina on Wednesday, Rogers says, to address the exact reason Seaport said it was halting its operations, namely, a shortage of pilots.

FAA Announces Small UAS Registration Rule
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced a streamlined and user-friendly web-based aircraft registration process for owners of small unmanned aircraft (UAS) weighing more than 0.55 pounds (250 grams) and less than 55 pounds (approx. 25 kilograms) including payloads such as on-board cameras.

The Registration Task Force delivered recommendations to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on November 21. The rule incorporates many of the task force recommendations.

"Make no mistake: unmanned aircraft enthusiast are aviators, and with that title comes a great deal of responsibility," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. "Registration gives us an opportunity to work with these users to operate their unmanned aircraft safely. I'm excited to welcome these new aviators into the culture of safety and responsibility that defines American innovation."

Available Properties

Feature Facility
The Salina Airport Authority has available for lease, a manufacturing facility with 31,226 sq. ft. of shop space and 3,769 sq. ft. of office space located in the Salina Airport Industrial Center. Excellent location at the cross-roads of I-70 and I-135.  Within 2 miles of I-135 interchange. 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. 1021, this industrial manufacturing facility is available for immediate occupancy.  Facility includes exterior paint booths and a 3,200 sq. ft. exterior water blast booth capable of 40,000 PSI and interior media blast booth. In addition, facility includes heavy power and T-8 motion sensor lights throughout manufacturing area. Facility includes multiple bridge cranes ranging from 3 to 7.5 ton. Phase I environmental assessment completed in February 2014 citing the property is ready for redevelopment.

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

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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