July | 2020
Life’s Never Dull with Jim, says wife Robyne Sponder
Jim Sponder met Robyne at Des Moines International Airport and took her to the same spot to propose to her in April 2001.

They have four kids together and between them, and all have worked in the business at one time or another.

“He keeps me on my toes. Life is never boring. He makes me laugh and I love that about him,” Robyne Sponder said. “He is a workaholic and he’s definitely good with his employees. As long as you do your job, he will treat you well.”

Robyne sees her husband as “an all-around good guy who would give you the shirt off his back.”

Longtime friend and employee Bob Grimm, of Sioux City, Iowa, calls Jim Sponder “the poorest millionaire you’ll meet. He will hock his soul and put it all in the business.”

The owner is “singly focused on a vision he has,” Grimm said. Hence the company name — 1 Vision.

During the summer of 2019, Sponder was driving home to Sioux City after a maintenance job and saw the big hangar in Salina, said Mandy Merritt, his director of quality control.

“He called me and said ‘I found a hangar. We’re going to Salina,’” she said.

Three months later, 1 Vision opened in Big Bertha.
Tower Update

The annual RSAT meeting was held earlier this week via Zoom. Participation was lower than I anticipated, but we had a productive meeting. We discussed many topics including Runway Safety Area (RSA) dimensions, operations and communications within the RSA, construction, and special events. Emphasis was placed on Wrong Surface landings and departures, which was this year’s focus area.

We are about 2 weeks out from Jaded Thunder and the guys in the tower are ready. A few things to consider are simultaneous use of VHF/UHF frequencies, wake turbulence, aircraft speeds and performance, and military airspace.

Alex Gall left us on 7/18 for a DoD position in Michigan. I have decided to step down and fill his slot as controller. Scott Hillegeist has been selected as the new ATM, effective 8/9. Scott is from the local area and is a retired Navy controller. He worked here in 2018 and left last January for Midwest ATC’s contract in Afghanistan. Scott rejoined our team in March, and I have confidence that he will do a good job as ATM.

Thanks to everyone and I’ll be talking to you soon!  

Stay Safe and Happy Flying!

Jay Hatchett
Air Traffic Manager
Salina (SLN) FCT
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Building 394
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Located at the intersection of two arterial streets (Schilling & Centennial) at the Salina Airport Industrial Center, this office facility is available now.  

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