• April 2021 Reporting Points

    Welcome to this month’s edition of Reporting Points. This month you will catch up on 1 Vision Aviation and LifeSave Transport who both started operations at the Salina Airport in 2019. The companies are thriving and provide essential aviation maintenance and medical services. New to the Salina Airport Industrial Center is Midwest Concrete Materials, Inc. Midwest recently purchased the Builders Choice Concrete Salina location and will continue the tradition of providing a steady supply of ready-mix concrete for community wide construction projects. Finally, United flights to/from Salina have never been priced lower. One-way and round-trip fares are priced to make your decision to “Fly Salina” for your next personal or business trip an easy choice.

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  • Schilling Cleanup

    Two more milestones have been notched in a 22-year effort to clean up former Schilling AFB environmental contamination. The Salina City Commission approved on Monday, April 26 the consulting and engineering contract with Dragun Corp., which will map plans to clean up pollution in, under and around the former base. On April 12 the Kansas Department of Health & Environment approved an amended Consent Agreement and Final Order, also moved the process along this spring at the former military compound that operated from 1942 to 1965.

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  • United fares never better

    This spring, on the heels of a year to forget, United has announced surprisingly low fares for air travel to and from the Salina Regional Airport. At Salina, United offers daily nonstop service through Denver International and Chicago O’Hare airports with connections to dozens of cities and beyond. For example, booking a May 13 to 20 round-trip flight to Los Angeles, tickets are $197; $219 to Phoenix; $223 to Fort Lauderdale; $239 to Las Vegas and $179 to Seattle.

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  • March 2021 Reporting Points

    Welcome to this month’s edition of Reporting Points. March 2021 has proved to be the opposite of March 2020 when the nation began facing COVID-19 challenges. March 2021 brought good news about Airport Authority staff members, aviation events scheduled for the months to come and the Airport’s new Hertz car rental operator. Our future is looking brighter.

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  • February 2021 Reporting Points

    Welcome to this month’s edition of Reporting Points that highlights the Salina Airport’s newest opportunity to support flight test operations for next generation aircraft. The recently announced Kansas Supersonic Transportation Corridor positions Kansas as a leader in the development of new supersonic, civilian aircraft that will be designed, tested, certified, and built in our state. The Salina Airport’s proximity to the corridor makes it an excellent location for a base of operations for supersonic aircraft flight testing.

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  • January 2021 Reporting Points

    Welcome to this month’s edition of Reporting Points that highlights Salina’s next economic development challenge. With recent job growth at 1 Vision Aviation, Schwan’s and Great Plains Manufacturing and others, Salina faces the challenge of meeting new workforce housing needs. New housing is also needed for students attending K-State Polytechnic, Salina Area Technical College, Kansas Wesleyan University and the University of Kansas schools of medicine and nursing.

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  • December 2020 Reporting Points

    The December 2020 issue of Reporting Points will provide you a look ahead at new year full of optimism. Salina Airport and Airport Industrial Center activity will continue to support a new wave of economic growth. First, Tim Unruh reports on the outlook for professional pilot training at K-State Polytechnic. The recently published CAE pilot demand report predicts a short-term drop in pilot demand, but the long-term outlook for K-State Polytechnic graduates looks good.

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  • Former Schilling AFB Consent Decree Approved: Entry of Final Judgement Recorded

    The governing boards for the City of Salina, the Salina Airport Authority, USD 305, and Kansas State University (the Salina Public Entities) have received U.S. District Court approval of a Consent Decree negotiated with the United States of America for the cleanup of environmental contamination at the former Schilling Air Force Base. On Monday, November 23, 2020 the Honorable John W. Lungstrum, Senior Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas, approved the October 20, 2020 Consent Decree between the Salina Public Entities and the United States. The Court subsequently entered an Entry of Final Judgement in accordance with the terms of the Consent Decree.

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  • United, Salina Airport have "Clean" covered

    Today’s all-important phrase for flying Salina is “Make a Clean Getaway.” Stressing efforts of United Airlines and SkyWest Airlines, which operates service to Chicago and Denver — and the Salina Airport Authority — “Clean” is more than covered. Pulling from three national studies, officials can attest to those claims, and they’re confident of no pandemic danger in United jets or the M.J. Kennedy Air Terminal. “Getting on a plane is safer than going shopping,” said Gary Foss, owner of the ArkStar Group, and the airport authority’s air travel consultant.

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  • October 2020 Reporting Points

    Welcome to this month’s edition of Reporting Points that features news about 1 Vision Aviation, airline cabin safety, Schwan’s Company, an overview of the Salina Regional Airport’s recent full scale emergency exercise, and updates from the Salina air traffic control tower. Within one-year, Jim Sponder has established 1 Vision as the leading provider of airline MRO services during the COVID19 pandemic. Jim’s growth plans for 1 Vision have been slowed but not grounded. A recently published U.S. Department of Defense study supports the conclusion that flying airline jets is safe. The study’s team included United Airlines and may help reassure passengers that flying on United flights from Salina to Denver, Chicago, and beyond, is safe.

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  • Temporary Kansas Driver's License Office Set to Open in Salina

    SALINA, Kan. (September 28, 2020) - The Kansas Department of Revenue is excited to announce that beginning Tuesday, September 29, 2020, Kansas drivers can visit its temporary Salina Driver's License Office. This office relocates the currently closed office to the Salina Airport Industrial Center, 2941 Centennial Road. "We understand the inconvenience that travel to another office has been for our customers," David Harper, Director of the Division of Vehicles, said. "We are thankful to local leaders for assisting us in bringing back service to Salina.”

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  • Salina Airport Industrial Center Business Announces Expansion

    Schwan’s Company, a leading food producer in the United States, has announced plans to build a new 400,000-square-foot expansion at its pizza-manufacturing facility in Salina, Kansas. The announcement of the project comes as the company celebrates the 50th year of operating a pizza production facility in Salina. Company leaders joined government and civic officials at the Tony’s Pizza and Events Center today to share details of the expansion and thank the Salina and greater Kansas community.

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  • Jaded Thunder Returns to Salina

    More than 800 military personnel are set to converge on Salina and the surrounding area for the next several weeks to participate in the joint-service exercise, Jaded Thunder. The exercise will include joint corps integration by members of Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy and Army units, as well as representatives of the U.S. Special Operations Command. The training provided during Jaded Thunder is essential for national defense. All participants will comply with detailed COVID-19 mitigation measures. Exercise participants will maximize social distancing and wear face masks. Facilities will be sanitized daily.

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  • July 2020 Reporting Points

    Activity at the Salina Regional Airport and Airport Industrial Center continues to return to pre-COVID19 levels. United flights operated by SkyWest Airlines will resume nonstop service to both Chicago and Denver on Tuesday, September 8. The schedule change will provide Salina area travelers with nonstop flights to Chicago, Denver, and connections to over 100 destinations across the USA. The Salina Airport has partnered with United and SkyWest to provide Salina passengers with clean and safe travel space. Airport businesses are seeing their numbers on the rise. Avflight Salina’s fuel sales are trending up, Schilling Aviation Services continues to service general aviation aircraft and 1 Vision Salina is busy completing heavy checks on regional jets.

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  • June 2020 Reporting Points

    Welcome to the June 2020 edition of Reporting Points. This past month Reporting Points writer Tim Unruh caught up with K-State’s Lindsey Dreiling who has brought new energy to the K-State Polytechnic Campus aviation program. Tim’s articles will introduce Lindsey’s new K-State role and her unique qualifications to lead the implementation of the K-State Global Aeronautics Initiative. Before the start of wheat harvest across the region, Tim visited with brothers Steve and Larry Ade to learn that business at Kansas Erosion is booming. The Ade brothers have established Kansas Erosion as a leader in the production of wheat straw wattles used for sediment and erosion control on construction sites.

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  • Solidarity Key In Move Toward Contamination Resolution

    Smiles pierced protective masks as Salina leaders pioneered another huge leap toward solving a colossal community problem. After unanimous votes at a June 24 joint meeting, officials with Salina Public Entities — the city, school district, Kansas State University and airport authority — moved toward resolution in an important battle during a nearly 22-year squabble with the United States of America. The SPE is on track to secure a settlement worth nearly $68 million to clean up a military mess in western Salina. It was “a significant day in Salina,” said Alan Eichelberger, airport authority board chairman, when the SPE signed the consent agreement.

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  • Salina Public Entities Approve Settlement Terms

    The Salina Public Entities, made up of the City of Salina, Salina Airport Authority, USD 305 and Kansas State University, approved a Consent Decree with the United States of America settling claims associated with environmental contamination at the Former Schilling Air Force Base (AFB).

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  • United/SkyWest to Resume Nonstop Flights from Salina to Chicago

    United Express flights operated by SkyWest Airlines to/from the Salina Regional Airport and Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport will resume on July 6, 2020. The resumption of Chicago service follows a temporary suspension by SkyWest due to the dramatic decrease in air travel associated with COVID-19 pandemic stay-at-home orders. Chicago nonstop flights are an addition to current United Express flights to/from the Denver International Airport. United and SkyWest have maintained the Denver regional jet service throughout the pandemic. The July 6 schedule offers Salina area travelers dual-hub connections to more than 274 cities throughout the USA and international destinations via United and its Star Alliance partners.

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  • May 2020 Reporting Points

    Activity at the Salina Regional Airport and Airport Industrial Center is returning to pre-COVID19 levels. United Express passenger boardings are slowly increasing. Passengers arriving at the M.J. Kennedy Air Terminal are seeing changes such as social distancing reminders, airline and TSA staff wearing facemasks and enhanced efforts to clean and disinfect.

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  • 1 Vision Salina to Receive More Work from Endeavor Airlines

    The airline industry’s COVID-19 economic tailspin has also included operations at 1 Vision Salina. On May 20, 1 Vision president and CEO, Jim Sponder received good news from customer Endeavor Airlines that will stabilize the MRO’s Salina operations. On Wednesday May 20, 1 Vision was visited by Greg Lambert, director of business administration, heavy checks, and planning at Endeavor Air, of Minneapolis, Minn. Endeavor is a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta Air Lines. Up to 35 of Delta’s jets have been stored since March outside of Big Bertha at the Salina Regional Airport, and 1 Vision workers have been performing “storage tasks” on the planes. “Every 14 days, there are certain tasks required to be done on the aircraft in storage,” Lambert said.

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  • Salina Airport Prepared for the Return of Passengers

    Airline, TSA, and Airport Authority staff are ready for the return of passengers to the M.J. Kennedy Air Terminal. Already there has been a slight increase in passengers boarding daily United Express flights to the Denver International Airport. United Express flights flown by SkyWest Airlines operate daily to Denver with connections to destinations throughout the USA.

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  • Temporary Salina Airport Schedule Announced

    Following guidance from the U.S. Department of Transportation United Express flights, operated by SkyWest Airlines, have been reduced to one flight per day effectively immediately. The reduction in service is a reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic that has resulted in a 95% drop in passengers across the nation. The one daily United Express flight will connect Salina area travelers to United Airline’s Denver International Airport hub. SkyWest will operate a single flight per day service through June 30, 2020.

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  • April 2020 Reporting Points

    The Salina Regional Airport has remained open during the COVID-19 state emergency. Essential airport workers have made every effort to keep the airport open for scheduled air service, business aviation, general aviation, air ambulance and military operations. During the crisis we have closed our 12,300 feet primary runway for needed heavy maintenance. APAC Kansas, Salina has led the effort to mill and resurface portions of the runway. Airport Authority maintenance staff have been busy repainting runway markings and completing a variety of runway maintenance tasks.

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  • Runway 17/35 Closure at KSLN

    Beginning Thursday, April 16 at 7:00 AM Runway 17/35 at the Salina Regional Airport will be closed until Tuesday, May 5 at 5:00 PM for needed heavy maintenance and repairs. Work to be accomplished will include an asphalt mill and overly involving the south 800 feet of the runway, repairs to runway lighting and guidance signage, and repainting runway surface markings. The runway will not be available for either nighttime or weekend use during the closure. By FAA rules and regulations, the Salina ILS (glideslope and localizer) will be shut down and out of service during the project. Runways 12/30 and 18/36 will remain open and available for use. Pilots using the Salina Airport during the Runway 17/35 closure are reminded to check SLN NOTAMS for details concerning associated taxiway closures.

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  • Salina Airport Authority Administrative Office Temporarily Closed

    To align with the CDC’s recommendations and Governor Kelly’s Executive Order for social distancing and help slow the spread of COVID-19, the Salina Airport Authority (SAA) administrative office will be temporarily closed to the public until further notice. SAA staff will continue to work diligently to support Airport and Industrial Center businesses and organizations, general aviation and all airport tenants and users. Please contact our office at (785) 827-3914 to speak with SAA executive staff or to schedule a meeting.

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  • United Aims for Continued Safe Travel Out of Salina, Other Areas

    Salina, KS - United Airlines has responded to the coronavirus global pandemic with stepped up safety precautions to ensure travel has a minimal impact on health, as well as changes to provide customers flexibility at this time.

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  • Early-morning Buzz About Salina's New Nonstop Flight Service to Denver

    Salina, KS - M.J. Kennedy Air Terminal could lay claim as Salina’s busiest place at 6 every morning, now that flights are nonstop to Denver.

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  • February 2020 Reporting Points

    A new flight schedule will enable United Airlines flights, operated by SkyWest Airlines, to provide greater service to Salina area residents and visitors to our community. This month Tim Unruh updates you on the new schedule that is effective March 5 and documents the significance of nonstop flights to both Chicago and Denver. Tim’s Brethren in Christ U.S. story details how Visit Salina was able to work with United to land an international conference. Finally, Tim provides us the history of the Brethren in Christ Church and their connection to early Kansas history. This month’s issue also includes: Jay Hatchett’s Salina air traffic control tower update Travel Tips Real ID requirements for travel beginning October 1, 2020 Thank you for reading this edition of Reporting Points.

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  • January 2020 Reporting Points

    Welcome to this month’s edition of Reporting Points that features success stories by Tim Unruh. In the lead story Tim highlights the accomplishments of Salina Community Economic Development Organization executive director Mitch Robinson. Since coming to Salina Mitch has built a successful economic development program for our community.

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  • November/December 2019 Reporting Points

    The November/December issue of Reporting Points features Tim Unruh’s article on KDOT Secretary Julie Lorentz’ recent meeting with 1 Vision Aviation’s president and CEO, Jim Sponder at Hangar H959. The State of Kansas was a key partner in recruiting 1 Vision to the Salina Airport. Kansas Department of Commerce Secretary David Toland made an earlier H959 stop to welcome 1 Vision to Kansas.

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  • United/SkyWest Airlines Plan Improved Air Service to Denver, Chicago

    Two big changes in the United Airlines flight schedule out of Salina are aimed at achieving smoother and more convenient air travel that will significantly reduce travel time.

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  • October 2019 Reporting Points

    1 Vision Aviation and LifeSave Transport have started operations in their new hangars. The 1 Vision ribbon cutting at Hangar H959 was held on October 25. The LifeSave ribbon cutting at Hangar H504 is scheduled for November 7. Both companies have quickly become valued tenants at the Salina Regional Airport. According to a Docking Institute of Public Affairs report, 1 Vision and LifeSave will account for over 570 direct, indirect and induced jobs by 2024. Total employment at the Airport and Airport Industrial Center currently stands at 5,996 jobs. Enjoy learning more about 1 Vision Aviation and other happenings at the Salina Airport and Airport Industrial Center in this month’s issue of Reporting Points .

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  • September 2019 Reporting Points

    The demand for pilots for the airlines, military and business aviation has resulted in record enrollment in the K-State professional pilot training program. K-State faculty and staff is handling the enrollment growth with enthusiasm and a "can do" spirit. This issue of Reporting Points will give you insight on how K-State is responding to enrollment growth. You'll also learn how K-State successfully completed another summer of USAF Junior ROTC basic flight training.

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  • Pilots to Show Their Moves at Aerobatic Nationals at Salina Regional Airport

    The U.S. National Aerobatic Championships are Sept. 19-27 at Salina Regional Airport. Public viewing during the event is at Fossett Plaza, 2035 Beechcraft Road. An open house is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 25 at Hangar 606, 2630 Arnold Court, where you can meet and speak to the pilots, see the aircraft and watch the competition on bleachers placed in a special viewing area at the hangar.

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  • Summer Edition 2019 Reporting Points

    The Salina Airport Authority is pleased to welcome 1 Vision Aviation and LifeSave Transport to the Salina Regional Airport. In this issue of Reporting Points, you'll read more about each company and their importance to our local and state economies. United flights to Denver, Chicago and beyond continue to meet and exceed the expectations of Salina and North Central Kansas travelers. Reporting Points writer, Tim Unruh interviewed local United customers and "in their own words" tells the story of the impact of United air service on our community and region.

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  • Pardon our noise, it's the sound of freedom: Jaded Thunder returns to Salina

    SALINA, Kan. (August 5,2019) - More than 8 00 military personnel are set to converge on Salina and the surrounding area for the next couple of weeks to participate in the joint-service exercise, Jaded Thunder. The exercise will include joint forces integration by members of Air Force, Marine, Navy and Army units, as well as representatives of the U.S. Special Operations Command.

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  • LifeSave Transport to Open New Base at Salina Regional Airport

    Salina,KS (June 24 2019) - LifeSave Transport, has rented a hangar at the Salina Regional Airport to provide emergency medical transportation services to Salina and north-central Kansas. At a special meeting Thursday, June 20 the Salina Airport Authority board approved a five-year lease for Hangar 504 to the Wichita-based air ambulance company. LifeSave will base 16 pilots, paramedics and flight nurses at its new Salina base. LifeSave flight operations may begin as early as July 15.

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  • 1 Vision Aviation Expansion Lands at Salina Regional Airport

    Salina,KS (June 24 2019) - The largest hangar at the Salina Regional Airport, Hangar 959, has been leased to 1 Vision Aviation. 1 Vision is currently headquartered in Sioux City, Iowa, and is FAA certified FAR part 145 repair station. The company is a complete maintenance, repair, and overhaul facility which provides all manner of airframe inspections and repairs as well as power plant work on many types of large air carrier sized aircraft.

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  • May 2019 Reporting Points

    Welcome to the May 2019 issue of Reporting Points. This month's edition highlights a rich mixture of activity at the Salina Regional Airport and Airport Industrial Center. You'll enjoy reading about improvements to the Kansas Army National Guard's hangar, a new offering by the Smoky Hill Winery, NOAA's Project TORUS and travel tips for United Airlines travelers.

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  • Supercell pursuit Weather the focus at Hangar 600

    Tiny anemometer propellers turned in a gentle indoor breeze Tuesday while curious humans milled about several peculiarly outfitted vehicles.

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  • April 2019 Reporting Points

    Beginning this May and running through September five aviation events will have a combined and direct economic impact exceeding $3.8 million on our local economy. The Salina Regional Airport will host aircraft and personnel deployments by NOAA, NASA and the U.S. military. This year's event schedule also includes the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) with their historic B-29, FiFi and the U.S. National Aerobatics Championships.

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  • March 2019 Reporting Points

    The Docking Institute of Public Affairs at Ft. Hays State University has completed a survey of the businesses and organizations located at the Salina Regional Airport and Airport Industrial Center. The airport and airport industrial center occupy property previously used by the military for Schilling Air Force Base. Schilling closed in 1965 and Salina has successfully transformed the base into a vibrant regional airport and airport industrial center.

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  • Salina Snares National Aerobatic Contest

    Salina,KS (February 21, 2019) - Local promoters are doing loop de loops over news that Salina Regional Airport will play host to the 2019 U.S. Aerobatic Championships in late September.

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  • January 2019 Reporting Points

    This issue of Reporting Points features Waters, Inc and the Blue Beacon International (BBI) corporate flight department. Waters is celebrating its 125th anniversary and has long contributed to the economic growth of Salina and the Kansas communities served by Waters True Value hardware stores.

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  • November 2018 Reporting Points

    Welcome to a special edition of Reporting Points that documents the successful start of United regional jet flights from Salina to Denver and Chicago. Salina's partnership with United and SkyWest Airlines has provided local and area travelers with a level of air service that has been lacking for many years. Now the North Central Kansas region has access to a vast network of national and international destinations.

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  • October 2018 Reporting Points

    This issue of Reporting Points features two Salina Airport Authority tenants that are taking their success to new heights. Contributing writer Tim Unruh has profiled Avflight Salina and Kansas Erosion, LLC in two articles that you will find interesting. Both businesses are part of a thriving Airport and Airport Industrial Center that is home to over 100 businesses and organizations that account for over 6,549 Saline County jobs.

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  • September 2018 Reporting Points

    I'm pleased to announce that veteran reporter Tim Unruh has agreed to bring his considerable talents to Reporting Points as a contributing writer. Tim will follow and write about events and people at the Salina Regional Airport and Airport Industrial Center.

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  • SkyWest Airlines Brings United Express Jet Service to Salina April 9, 2018

    This spring, SkyWest Airlines will begin daily United Express jet service from Salina to Chicago and Denver! Starting April 9, 2018, SkyWest will provide Salina travelers seamless access to United's global network via the airline's Chicago and Denver hubs. Tickets are available today at united.com.

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  • SkyWest Airlines selected to provide United Express Service at Salina, KS

    The United States Department of Transportation selected SkyWest Airlines, Inc to provide Essential Air Service flights at the Salina Regional Airport, Salina, KS. The airline will operate as United Express using 50-seat Canadair Regional Jet (CRJ-200) aircraft. Operating as United Express, SkyWest will provide Salina and the North Central Kansas Region with flights to United Airlines' Denver (DEN) and Chicago O'Hare (ORD) hubs. Flights will provide seamless ticketing, connectivity and baggage transfer on United Airlines.

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  • Order Selecting SkyWest Airlines

    SkyWest Airlines selected to provide United Express Service at Salina, KS

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  • August 2017 Reporting Points

    Since starting nonstop flights from Salina to Denver, CO in June 2016, Great Lakes has completed 98.75% of all scheduled flights. The airline's completion rate at Salina is outstanding when compared to the performance of other air carriers nationwide. Many communities are experiencing poor reliability and Great Lakes' excellent completion rate at Salina is an exception. Salina passengers are fortunate that Great Lakes management and employees are committed to safe and reliable air service.

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  • Denver Flights Reach New Heights

    Great Lakes Airlines boarded a total of 1,517 passengers on non-stop flights to and from the Salina Regional Airport and the Denver International Airport during May, 2017. The airline's previous peak month was March, 2017 when 1,465 people decided to Fly Salina. As Great Lakes nears the completion of one full year of Salina Airport operations, a total of 13,121 passengers have traveled to and from Denver on Great Lakes' 30 seat regional aircraft.

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  • May 2017 Reporting Points

    Agricultural aviation is an essential part of crop production in Kansas. Aerial application has become a critical part of today's precision agriculture practices and aids farmers in the production of food, fiber and biofuel. More than ever, farmers can use aerial application to maximize crop yields and benefit the environment.

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  • Runway 17/35 Open

    Runway 17/35 at the Salina Regional Airport reopened today after a 14-day closure for pavement maintenance. During the closure, airport contractors and staff completed runway rubber removal, runway surface slurry seal, minor pavement repairs and applied new runway markings. With the airport's 12,300 foot runway back in operation, the Salina Airport resumed supporting a wide variety of civilian and military aircraft operations.

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  • April 2017 Reporting Points

    Schilling Aviation Service at SLN offers area residents the perfect setting to get start flying lessons and experience the advantages to general aviation. For licensed pilots looking to get back in the air, Schilling Aviation Services has instructor pilots and aircraft ready for rental. All pilots young and old are welcome at Schilling. Drop by or call for either your first flight or to knock of the rust. "Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return." - Leonardo da Vinci

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  • March 2017 Reporting Points

    During this past February, U.S. military aviation units converged on the Salina Regional Airport and the Smoky Hill Weapons Range for two weeks of intense training during a Jaded Thunder exercise. Over 30 aircraft and 1,300 personnel participated in the event. Jaded Thunder resulted in a $3.4 million, direct economic impact on Salina. Military units leased 163,062 SF of hangar space, purchased over 400,000 gallons of jet fuel, occupied 818 hotels rooms and leased 140 rental cars. Over 15 local vendors provided goods and services in support of Jaded Thunder.

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  • Jaded Thunder Benefits Salina

    The recently completed Jaded Thunder military training exercise made an estimated direct $3,437,600 impact on the Salina economy. The exercise attracted 1,300 members of the United States military to Salina for two weeks of training. Over 30 military aircraft from across the country used the Salina Regional Airport during the event that occurred at the Smoky Hill Weapons Range which is located to the southwest of the Salina Airport.

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  • November 2016 Reporting Points

    Holiday travel to and from Salina has become easier with nonstop flights to and from the Denver International Airport on Great Lakes Airlines. Remember to make reservations early in order to get the best fares and schedules. Your local travel agent can make booking a flights and other accommodations an easy task.

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  • OCCK Provides Public Transportation to/from Salina Regional Airport

    OCCK will be providing a new transportation option for people using the Salina Regional Airport. Effective November 7th, a daily Monday through Friday shuttle service will pick up passengers within the city limits of Salina and deliver them to the airport to catch the afternoon flight to Denver. A daily shuttle will also be available for passengers disembarking the afternoon flight from Denver.

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  • September 2016 Reporting Points

    A large crowd gathered at the Salina Regional Airport's M.J. Kennedy Air Terminal on September 8, 2016 to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the devastating terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001. Representatives of the Salina Airport Authority, Great Lakes Airlines, the Transportation Security Administration, Salina Police Department, Salina Fire Department and Kansas Highway Patrol gathered to remember the victims and heroes of 9/11.

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  • July 2016 Reporting Points

    Great Lakes Airlines has brought the Denver International Airport (DEN), www.flydenver.com, closer to Salina and North Central Kansas residents. With a 1 hour and 15 minute, nonstop flight Salina passengers arrive at the nation's 5th busiest commercial airport. DEN offers travelers connections to 1,550 daily scheduled flights to more than 180 nonstop destinations. DEN is an exceptional connecting hub that offers travelers the best in food service, shopping and amenities while at the airport.

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  • Great Lakes Airlines Announces Salina to Denver Fare

    Great Lakes Airlines now offers a $148 round trip fare for flights between the Salina Regional Airport and the Denver International Airport. The new fare makes a flight to Denver far more attractive than a long drive to the Mile High City.

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  • May 2016 Reporting Points

    Finally, on June 15 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, nonprofits 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 Airlines 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.

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  • Denver Flights Start on June 15th

    Salina, KS (May 13, 2016) -Great Lakes Airlines will start nonstop flights from the Salina Regional Airport to the Denver International Airport on Wednesday, June 15, 2016. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) announced the start of Denver flights this morning during a ribbon cutting opening of the newly remodeled passenger screening area at the Airport's M. J. Kennedy Air Terminal.

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  • March 2016 Reporting Points

    Over 100 businesses and organizations now occupy the 4,200 acres once occupied by the former Schilling Air Force Base. Schilling closed in 1965 and Salina has successfully transformed the base into a vibrant regional airport and industrial center. Today, Salina Regional Airport and Airport Industrial Center employers account for 12% of total Saline County employment. Over 3,588 people work at the Airport and Airport Industrial Center and total payroll exceeds $141.5 million.

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  • February 2016 Reporting Points

    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.

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  • Great Lakes 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 a 30 seat Embraer Brasilia regional airliner. The new flights are scheduled to start on April 1, 2016.

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  • December 2015 Reporting Points

    K-State's UAS program has achieved another historic milestone in becoming the nation's first, FAA approved UAS flight training program. For over 50 years K-State Polytechnic has been a national leader in training professional fixed wing and helicopter pilots. Now the college can offer students and industry a complete range of manned and unmanned aircraft training opportunities.

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  • October 2015 Reporting Points

    On Saturday, November 7, 2015, 10:00 AM at hangar 409 Schilling Aviation Services (SAS) will host a pilots' meeting that 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.

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  • September 2015 Reporting Points

    Schilling Aviation Services (SAS) has successfully reached and passed the one year in business milestone. Congratulations to owners Bob and Janet Pahls. SAS offers a full range of airframe and power plant maintenance services.

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  • August 2015 Reporting Points

    The Salina Airport Authority has benefited from the excellent performance of three K-State Salina airport management interns. Over the summer months; Scott McDonald, Zackary Dahl and Josh Sellards have taken on responsibilities and tasks that have touched every aspect of airport operations, safety, security, maintenance, special events, finance and marketing.

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  • C-47 stops in Salina before beginning 'Warplanes to Siberia' trek

    As America's Fuel Stop, Salina hosts a number of historical aircraft and today a veteran of D-Day lifted off on her way to Great Falls, Mont.

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  • June 2015 Reporting Points

    Kansas Erosion Products is the newest business at the Salina Airport Industrial Center and has moved into the Airport Authority's building B1021.

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  • FHSU to complete economic impact study of airport, airport industrial center

    The Salina Airport Authority has contracted with the Fort Hays State University Docking Institute of Public Affairs to complete an economic impact study report.

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  • May 2015 Reporting Points

    Salina's support has been rewarded by the recent announcement that K-State is a member of the prestigious FAA Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems.

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  • April 2015 Reporting Points

    This month I had the pleasure of meeting members of the Santa Fe Trail Association who attended an association workshop here in Salina. The association is dedicated to preserving the history of the Santa Fe Trail which was one of our nation's first routes that supported western expansion.

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  • KDOT to unveil Kansas Aviation Portal at K-State Salina

    The Kansas Department of Transportation Aviation Division will be at Kansas State University Salina on Friday, April 10, to announce the new Kansas Aviation Portal.

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  • February 2015 Reporting Points

    Following the announcement that Schilling Air Force Base would be closed, the Schilling Development Council was established and started the process of adopting a reuse plan to aid in Salina's economic recovery.

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  • Kansas State University Salina becomes first entity in country to receive statewide access for flight operations of small unmanned aircraft systems

    Kansas State University Salina reached a national milestone in the unmanned aircraft systems industry, becoming the first entity in the country to receive approval from the Federal Aviation Administration, for statewide access during flight operations.

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  • Senators host Kansas Aviation Legislation roundtable

    Kansas Senators Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran hosted the Kansas Association of Airports Federal Legislative Issues Roundtable, Feb. 9 at the K-State Salina campus.

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  • Sen. Moran to host Aviation Roundtable in Salina

    U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), a member of the Commerce Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security, today announced he will host an aviation roundtable to discuss a number of Kansas aviation priorities for 2015, 10:30 a.m., Monday, February 9 at the Kansas State University Salina College Center (2310 Centennial Rd).

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  • February 2015 Pilots Club Coffee

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  • January 2015 Reporting Points

    Veris Technologies is the newest business at the Salina Airport Industrial Center and recently opened the firm's newly constructed factory, R&D center and offices.

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  • Prime real estate at premier location available now

    Industry leaders and entrepreneurs know Salina is an ideal place to set up shop or expand and grow their business.

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  • Rogers presented board resolution for 30 years of service

    It was a rare scene at the regular meeting of the Salina Airport Authority board of directors as executive director Tim Rogers, A.A.E. was taken by surprise with an addition to the agenda.

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  • KWU football player selected as airport PR intern

    The Salina Airport Authority welcomed Daniel Moss of San Diego, Calif. as the Spring 2015 public relations intern.

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