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Allegiant offering great airfares to Florida this Winter and Spring

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

 

 

Allegiant is promoting our new airline service to Florida (Orlando Sanford International Airport) which begins on December 20th, 2013.  There are now billboard and radio ads being run and some fantastic promotions and deals being offered on their website www.allegiantair.com

 

 

For example, the Halloween Sale has some airfare only prices as low as $38 one-way non-stop per person!  Compare that to over $150 one way ticket price other airlines offering on a comparible flights from Charlotte to Orlando and for that price you have a 4 hr layover and have to change planes and pay for parking at the airport.

 

Allegiant will have flights each Monday and Friday using 166 passenger MD-80 aircraft and are currently taking reservations through April 29, 2014.

 

 

 

 

Concord Joins World Fuel's Air Elite FBO Network

Monday, October 28, 2013

 

 

 

 

"The Movie" Memphis Belle Boeing B-17 is coming back to Concord Regional Airport for a tour stop

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Liberty Foundation's "The Movie" Memphis Belle Boeing B-17 is coming back to Concord Regional Airport for a tour stop the September 28-29, 2013 weekend.

 

 

Visit www.libertyfoundation.org for full details and to make a flight reservation on this unique WWII Period aircraft.

 

 

 

Allegiant Ticket Information

Thursday, August 22, 2013

 

Allegiant Airlines tickets sale were delayed due to an issue with the location code for the reservation system that the International Air Transport Association (IATA) provides to the airline. The Concord Regional Airport code (JQF) that was assigned to the airport by the FAA could not be used for the airline ticket reservation system as it was in use by an location in Russia. A brand new code had to be requested and processed by the IATA for the Concord Regional Airport that Allegiant could use in its reservation system. That new code (USA) is being processed and should be available for use by Friday August 23, 2013

 

Allegiant tickets can be purchased the following ways:

 

Through the Allegiant website http://www.allegiant.com

 

Tickets can also be purchased by calling their reservations number (702)505-8888.

 

Purchased in person (during limited times at Concord Regional Airport terminal lobby two days per week: on Tuesdays between 10AM-2PM and on Fridays between 2PM-4PM

 

The initial flights that begin December 20, 2013 using MD-88 Aircraft will be to Orlando Sanford International Airport on Mondays and Fridays with one arrival and one departure on each of those two days. More flights and or destinations from Concord Regional Airport are anticipated to be added in the future.

 

Allegiant Announces Nonstop Flights between Concord and Orlando with $99 Introductory Roundtrip

Thursday, August 22, 2013

 

CONCORD, N.C. Aug. 20, 2013 - Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) announces today new, nonstop jet service between Concord and Orlando via Orlando-Sanford International Airport, beginning Dec. 20, 2013. Today's announcement will mark the 99th U.S. city served by Allegiant's low-cost, nonstop service to popular vacation destinations, more than any other low-cost carrier in the U.S. To celebrate, the company, known for its exceptional travel deals, will introduce the new service with roundtrip fares as low as $99*.

"We are pleased to extend our affordable and convenient travel option to the residents of Concord," said Andrew C. Levy, Allegiant Travel Company President. "We are confident the community will appreciate the convenience of flying nonstop to Orlando and the value of bundling their air, hotel and car rental reservation together through us."

The new flights will operate twice weekly between Concord Regional Airport (JQF) and Orlando-Sanford International Airport (SFB) year-round beginning Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. Concord travelers can take advantage of everyday low fares and save even more when they book air, hotel, car and even activity and attraction reservations together. Flight days and times can be found at allegiant.com.

"We are excited to partner with Allegiant Air to implement the Mayor and City Council's vision of Concord Regional Airport. This takes the facility to the next level and provides a fantastic opportunity for air service to the community," said Rick Cloutier, Aviation Director for Concord Regional Airport.

Allegiant differs in many ways from other U.S. airlines. The Company's sole focus is on low-cost, nonstop leisure travel, providing customers with low base fares and great value. Allegiant's innovative business model has allowed it to grow from one plane and one route just over a decade ago, to offering access to low-cost, nonstop travel to 14 vacation destinations in 99 communities nationwide. Allegiant also offers discounts on vacation packages, including hotels, rental cars and attraction tickets, through its website, allegiant.com.

Tickets coming soon. Once available, the special $99 roundtrip promotional fare will be good for one week. Reservations will be available for booking in the next couple of weeks on the company's website at allegiant.com. To be alerted when airfare goes on sale, subscribe to Allegiant's email database at allegiant.com.

Located in the heart of Central Florida, Orlando is home to the world's most exciting theme parks and has plenty of shopping, dining, outdoor activities and entertainment. Allegiant partners with more than 60 of the Orlando area's most exciting hotel properties, provides low-cost car rental service through its partnership with Alamo Rent a Car and offers great deals on activities such as theme park tickets, dinner shows, and day tours. Concord travelers can book their entire Orlando vacation for less by visiting allegiant.com.

About the $99* roundtrip fares:
Seats are limited. Fares are roundtrip and not available on all flights. Once available, tickets must purchased within one week, for travel by April 29, 2014. For baggage fees, please visit allegiant.com. Additional restrictions may apply.

Allegiant, Travel is our deal. ®

 

Concord Regional Airport to begin scheduled service, expansion

Thursday, August 22, 2013

 

           

CONCORD – City of Concord officials celebrated a milestone Thursday following Tuesday's announcement by Allegiant Air that scheduled passenger service will begin soon at Concord Regional Airport (JQF). Allegiant's nonstop jet service between Concord and Orlando via Orlando-Sanford International Airport (SFB) is scheduled to begin Friday, December 20, 2013.

 

Surrounded by banners and a race car bearing the airline's logo, Concord Mayor Scott Padgett applauded the vision of current and past members of City Council and the efforts of staff members who secured the nearly twenty-year old airport's first scheduled commercial service. "This is a major step forward for the community and for this first-class facility," commented Padgett. "The support of Concord City Council members over the last twenty years has been essential to creating this community asset and economic driver."

 

According to an NCDOT study released in 2012, Concord Regional has an over $175 million annual economic impact and airport activity contributes almost $8 million to state and local tax revenue.

 

Concord City Manager Brian Hiatt commented on the quality of airport staff and dedication to providing excellent customer service. "Staff is excited to implement the Mayor and Council's vision of what this airport can be for our community. Our Aviation Department team has a history of providing excellent service to customers, and we are pleased that even more Concord residents and visitors will be able to experience it first-hand."

 

Allegiant will initially serve passengers flying from and to Florida twice a week, with flights arriving to and departing from Concord on Friday and Monday mornings. The City hopes to expand service to multiple Florida destinations and Las Vegas in the future.

 

Officials outlined the City's plans for expansion, which include constructing temporary facilities by December to meet new customer service, parking, security, baggage, and other needs. Within three years, the City plans to break ground on a new passenger terminal on the other side of the airfield to accommodate expected passenger service growth. The existing terminal building would remain for general aviation operations, as typical at other airports. City staff members have been working on long-term development plans for several years, but the Allegiant launch expedited the timeframe.

 

"We are excited to partner with Allegiant to implement the Mayor and City Council's vision of Concord Regional Airport. This takes the facility to the next level and provides a fantastic opportunity for air service to the community," said Rick Cloutier, Aviation Director for Concord Regional Airport. "We will be the perfect alternative for families in Concord, and elsewhere in Central North Carolina, who have waited a long time for a low-cost and convenient air service option."

 

“Our mission as an organization is to drive visitation to Cabarrus County to generate economic impact through visitor spending,” said John Mills, Executive Vice President of the Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Allegiant Air’s passenger service at Concord Regional Airport will provide new opportunities for tourism in Cabarrus County positioning our area as a true leisure destination.”

 

"We extend a warm welcome to Allegiant Air at the start of passenger service to and from Concord Regional Airport here in Cabarrus County," said Carroll Gray, Interim President/CEO of Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce and Cabarrus Economic Development. "The Chamber's main focus is economic development, and the availability of passenger service adds significantly to our case for expanding and new business alike. We look forward to working with Allegiant to assist in growing their service from Concord. Congratulations to Mayor Scott Padgett, City Manager Brian Hiatt, and Aviation Director Rick Cloutier for a job well done."

 

Concord Regional Airport opened in 1994 with a 5,500-foot runway. After extending the runway to 7,400 feet in 2006, the City widened and strengthened the taxiways and ramp areas to accommodate larger aircraft. Today, JQF is one of the busiest airports in the Carolinas with approximately 65,000 annual operations and 180 based aircraft. Many of these operations are related to the motorsports industry as most NASCAR related teams are located in the Charlotte region, several with facilities adjacent to or near the airport.

 

Thirty-six Aviation Department coworkers provide aircraft fueling, hangaring, tie-down, and parking services. Other aeronautical services such as aircraft rental, aircraft maintenance, and flight instruction are offered through private operators leasing space on-site. JQF also has an on-site, staffed fire station operated by the Concord Department of Fire and Life Safety and a control tower operated by contracted staff. The annual budget for the airport currently exceeds $11.6 million.

 

T-hangar available at Concord Regional Airport

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

 

Concord Regional Airport has a larger size T-hangar available for lease. This hangar can fit an aircraft with a wingspan of up to 53 feet and a length of up to 45 feet. The hangar door height can fit an aircraft with a tail height 16 feet and under. 
 
Current lease rate for the hangar is $370 per month.  Based aircraft fuel discount is available for the aircraft that is stored in this hangar. 
 
Contact Susan Green for full details and lease information or to schedule an appointment to see the hangar.  
 
 

New Rates and Charges go into effect on July 1st.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The City of Concord City Council has approved new rates and charges ordinance that will go into effect on July 1, 2013. These new rates and charges include some increases and a new 3% fee on non-preferred credit card transactions at Concord Regional Airport.

The new rates can be found by clicking on this link:  

Aviation Department FY 14 Rates and Charges

Customers who use credit cards can avoid the 3% transaction fee by using Phillips branded aviation credit cards. Using these cards also allows customers to participate in the Phillips WingsPoints Rewards program. Visit the Phillips 66 Aviation website for full details or pick up a credit card application at our customer service counter. 

Included in the new charges structure is a minimum fuel purchase amount schedule which show our customers potential savings in terms of waiving of overnight ramp charges on aircraft parking fees for purchasing a certian number of gallons for their aircraft. 

The airport's costs have increased significantly over the last couple years and only a portion of those costs have been passed along to customers under this new rate schedule.

We continue to look for savings and reduce our expenses where possible. These small increases will help ensure that our customers continue to get the first class, 24 hrs a day service at Concord Regional Airport they have come to expect. 

 

 

 

NASCAR All-Star Race is Saturday May 18th at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

 

 

The NASCAR ALL-STAR RACE is this Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway!

Concord Regional Airport staff are ready for increased traffic and visitors. 

Our FBO is open 24/ 7 and our staffing level is adjusted to ensure we are able to serve all our customers. The airport control tower hours will be extended until 2 AM after the race to help with aircraft departures. Door to door shuttle service will also be available for both the NASCAR All-Star Race and the Coca-Cola 600.    

For those at the airport during the race, the race can be watched on our HDTV in the terminal lobby. Food will be available for pilots and crews and they can also relax in our pilot lounge that has computer stations, large recliners, satellite TV, and free WiFi internet. 

Due to the increase volume of activity during this time, please let us know ahead of time what services, special requests, or other needs you may have by calling our customer service specialists at 704-920-5900 or by filling out an on-line request form available on the Concord Regional Airport website.

 

We will have great fuel prices with volume discounts available with purchases of 300 gallons or more.  With a qualifying fuel purchase we will even waive the ramp or overnight fee.  Use your Phillips credit card or your co -branded Phillips Avcard and receive an additional discount on top of any volume discount. 

We are also a World Fuel Contract Fuel provider for those customers enrolled in the contract fuel program. 

Concord Regional Airport participates in both the Worldfuel Flybys and Phillips Aviation Wingpoints customer rewards programs. Remember to use your Phillips AVCARD  and receive double Wingspoints!


 SHUTTLE SERVICE TO AND FROM THE CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY

 
 
Shuttles Speciality will again be offering door to door race shuttle service for Saturday May 18th and Sunday May 26th only. Cost will be $25 per person for the round trip service.   There will not be a representative at the airport as there has been in the past but they will be on-call and close by for any walk up customers. Reservation number is 704-598-3644
 
Global Limousine also will provide ground shuttle transportation to and from the track. The cost depends on the size of the group so customers will need to call ahead of time to arrange service.  Reservation number is 704-713-9008. 
 
Queen City Tours is another company that provides shuttle transportation. Usually directly from hotels in the area. They provide transportation to all the race events at the Speedway. Cost is  advertised at $20 per person but there are additional fees depending on time reservation is made and service fees. Reservations 704-566-0104 or visit the website at www.queencitytours.com 
 
For those customers that need quick access to and from the Charlotte Motor Speedway,. helicopter shuttle transportation will be available and provided by Henry Aviation for  only the the All Star Race andCoke-Cola 600.  Reservations 1-817-439-4880 or visit their website at http://henry-aviation.com/
 

 

 

 

The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) WWII Air Power History Tour will be making a tour stop at Concord

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

 

The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) WWII Air Power History Tour will be making a tour stop at Concord Regional Airport from Thursday May 23, 2013 through Monday, May 27, 2013.

Tour Stops are open to the public and provide an opportunity to get up close and see several WWII era aircraft. Ground Tours, cockpit tours, and flights on these aircraft are available each day. Tour times are usually from 9 AM to 6:30 PM. 

There is a cost involved which helps offset the expense of operating and traveling with these aircraft.  Visit the website for full information. 

These aircraft will also be participating in the pre race fly-by activities for the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 Race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 26th. 

www.AirPowerTour.org

 

Good News and Update on Control Tower Sequestration Funding Cut Issue

Friday, May 10, 2013

 Save Contract Towner Now!

  

 

May 10th, 2013 - U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced today that USDOT has determined that the recently enacted Reducing Flight Delays Act of 2013 will allow the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to transfer sufficient funds to end employee furloughs and keep the 149 low activity contract towers originally slated for closure in June open for the remainder of fiscal year 2013.  This means that the Tower at Concord Regional Airport will remain open through at least September 30th, 2013. 

The City of Concord would like to thank everyone who stayed involved and were active in this issue: Airport tenants, users and stakeholders, our local chamber and businesses, local officials and community members, airport staff, regional aviation community, national aviation organizations, and especially our local and State Repesentatives in Washington who voted for and supported legislation that allowed this program to stay funded and kept pressure on the USDOT and FAA to make this announcement today.  

From here, the focus turns to funding for the next fiscal year - but for now, lets all enjoy the news!

 

May 7th, 2013 -  Latest Update from Contract Tower Association:

 

Although Federal legislation has been passed to allow the FAA to move budget money around to fully fund the Contract Tower Program, the FAA has not made any official announcement or notice that it will do so. 

On May 2nd, 83 Members of Congress signed a bipartisan letter to Secretary LaHood urging him to save contact towers.

Also on May 2nd, 41 Senators signed a bipartisan letter to Secretary LaHood and Administrator Huerta in an effort to save contact towers. 

 

Thank you for your efforts in making calls and sending emails to your delegations! 

Please Keep Up the Fight!

 

Click Here to review the previous April 29, 2013 Update from Contract Tower Association

 

CLICK HERE FOR PREVIOUS UPDATES ON POTENTIAL CLOSURE OF CONCORD REGIONAL AIRPORT CONTROL TOWER DUE TO FAA SEQUESTER BUDGET CUT DECISIONS

 

FAASTeam Flight Instructor Seminar to be held at Concord Regional Airport on May 9th at 6:00 PM

Monday, April 22, 2013

Event: FAASTeam Flight Instructor Open Forum

Date: May 8th at 6:30 PM

Location: Concord Regional Airport Fire Department Training Room
9000 Aviation Way, Concord, NC 28027

Registration: http://www.faasafety.gov/SPANS/event_details.aspx?eid=49774&caller=/SPANS/events/EventList.aspx?zip=28025&rad=50

Aviation educators are vital and influential: They are the gateway for those entering pleasure, business and commercial flying. Instructors advance pilots through a regulated system of certificates and ratings, transitioning pilots to different aircraft and technologies and ensuring that pilots satisfy FAA, insurance, and flight school or company recurrency requirements. Instructors often represent the first and last lines of defense to motivate pilots to continue in aviation. At this Flight Instructor Forum we will discuss Flight Instructor Professionalism & The Art of Teaching Stalls Effectively. Join your flight instructor colleagues and make a difference in flight training safety!

This is an opportunity to collaborate and help develop best practices to mitigate the risks identified during the discussion, for both the instructor and the student. The result can enhance communication and standardization of the pilot training and evaluation processes.

Together as a "TEAM", instructors and Designated Pilot Examiners (DPE) can combine their extensive knowledge and experience with sound judgment to create and provide the most comprehensive and effective pilot training experience followed by a reliable and effective evaluation.  

Is your Senator or House member on one of these Committees?

Friday, April 12, 2013

Please review the list of committee members below and if your Senator(s) and/or House members are on any of these committees,

(1) Please contact their offices and encourage them to attend the upcoming committee meeting that Secretary LaHood and Administrator Huerta will testify at.

(2) Request that they challenge and urge Secretary LaHood and Administrator Huerta to reverse the arbitrary and safety-degrading decision to close 149 contract towers on June 15th.  Request that the challenge Secretary LaHood and Administrator Huerta to find savings in other non-essential and/or unobligated funds of the FAA budget as contract towers are getting a 60 percent cut while the rest of FAA is getting just a five percent cut.

 

HERE ARE THE LISTS OF HEARINGS, MEETING DATE. AND MEMBERS ON THE COMMITTEES:

April 16 Senate Commerce Committee Hearing on FAA’s Progress on Key Safety Initiatives and Sequestration (FAA Administrator Huerta will testify)

Democrats:

Jay Rockefeller, WV

Barbara Boxer, CA

Bill Nelson, FL

Maria Cantwell, WA
Frank Lautenberg, NJ

Mark Pryor, AR
Claire McCaskill, MO

Amy Klobuchar, MN

Mark Warner, VA

Mark Begich, AK

Richard Blumenthal, CT

Brian Schatz, HI

William Cowan, MA

 

Republicans:

John Thune, SD

Roger Wicker, MS

Roy Blunt, MO

Marco Rubio, FL

Kelly Ayotte, NH

Dean Heller, NV
Dan Coats, IN

Tim Scott, SC

Ted Cruz, TX
Deb Fischer, NE

Ron Johnson, WI

 

April 16 House DOT/FAA Appropriations Subcommittee Hearing (DOT Secretary LaHood to testify)

Republicans:

Tom Latham, IA

Frank Wolf, VA

Charles Dent, PA

Kay Granger, TX

Tom Cole, OK

Jaime Herrera Beutler, WA

David Joyce, OH

 

Democrats:

Ed Pastor, AZ

David Price, NC

Mike Quigley, IL

Tim Ryan, OH

 

April 18 Senate DOT/FAA Appropriations Subcommittee Hearing (FAA Administrator Huerta to testify)

Democrats:

Barbara Mikulski, MD

Patty Murray, WA

Richard Durbin, IL

Patrick Leahy, VT

Tom Harkin, IA

Dianne Feinstein, CA

Tim Johnson, SD

Frank Lautenberg, NJ

Mark Pryor, AR

Jack Reed, RI

 

Republicans:

Richard Shelby, AL

Susan Collins, ME

Lamar Alexander, TN

Lindsey Graham, SC
Mark Kirk, IL

Dan Coats, IN

Roy Blunt, MO

Jerry Moran, KS

John Boozman, AR

 

April 24 House DOT/FAA Appropriations Subcommittee Hearing (FAA Administrator Huerta to testify)

 

Republicans:

Tom Latham, IA

Frank Wolf, VA

Charles Dent, PA

Kay Granger, TX

Tom Cole, OK

Jaime Herrera Beutler, WA

David Joyce, OH

 

Democrats:

Ed Pastor, AZ

David Price, NC

Mike Quigley, IL

Tim Ryan, OH

Please review the list of committee members below and if your Senator(s) and/or House members are on any of these committees,

(1) please contact their offices and encourage them to attend the upcoming committee meeting that Secretary LaHood and Administrator Huerta will testify at.

(2) Request that they challenge and urge Secretary LaHood and Administrator Huerta to reverse the arbitrary and safety-degrading decision to close 149 contract towers on June 15.  Request that the challenge Secretary LaHood and Administrator Huerta to find savings in other non-essential and/or unobligated funds of the FAA budget as  contract towers are getting a 60 percent cut while the rest of FAA is getting just a five percent cut.

 

HERE ARE THE LISTS OF HEARINGS, MEETING DATE. AND MEMBERS ON THE COMMITTEES:

April 16 Senate Commerce Committee Hearing on FAA’s Progress on Key Safety Initiatives and Sequestration (FAA Administrator Huerta will testify)

Democrats:

Jay Rockefeller, WV

Barbara Boxer, CA

Bill Nelson, FL

Maria Cantwell, WA

Frank Lautenberg, NJ

Mark Pryor, AR

Claire McCaskill, MO

Amy Klobuchar, MN

Mark Warner, VA

Mark Begich, AK

Richard Blumenthal, CT

Brian Schatz, HI

William Cowan, MA

 

Republicans:

John Thune, SD

Roger Wicker, MS

Roy Blunt, MO

Marco Rubio, FL

Kelly Ayotte, NH

Dean Heller, NV

Dan Coats, IN

Tim Scott, SC

Ted Cruz, TX

Deb Fischer, NE

Ron Johnson, WI

 

April 16 House DOT/FAA Appropriations Subcommittee Hearing (DOT Secretary LaHood to testify)

Republicans:

Tom Latham, IA

Frank Wolf, VA

Charles Dent, PA

Kay Granger, TX

Tom Cole, OK

Jaime Herrera Beutler, WA

David Joyce, OH

 

Democrats:

Ed Pastor, AZ

David Price, NC

Mike Quigley, IL

Tim Ryan, OH

 

April 18 Senate DOT/FAA Appropriations Subcommittee Hearing (FAA Administrator Huerta to testify)

Democrats:

Barbara Mikulski, MD

Patty Murray, WA

Richard Durbin, IL

Patrick Leahy, VT

Tom Harkin, IA

Dianne Feinstein, CA

Tim Johnson, SD

Frank Lautenberg, NJ

Mark Pryor, AR

Jack Reed, RI

 

Republicans:

Richard Shelby, AL

Susan Collins, ME

Lamar Alexander, TN

Lindsey Graham, SC

Mark Kirk, IL

Dan Coats, IN

Roy Blunt, MO

Jerry Moran, KS

John Boozman, AR

 

April 24 House DOT/FAA Appropriations Subcommittee Hearing (FAA Administrator Huerta to testify)

 

Republicans:

Tom Latham, IA

Frank Wolf, VA

Charles Dent, PA

Kay Granger, TX

Tom Cole, OK

Jaime Herrera Beutler, WA

David Joyce, OH

 

Democrats:

Ed Pastor, AZ

David Price, NC

Mike Quigley, IL

Tim Ryan, OH

 

Help Save Control Towers from Sequestration Cuts

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

TUESDAY APRIL 9TH REQUEST FOR COMMUNITY AND STAKEHOLDER HELP! 

Senators Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) will introduce bi-partisan legislation in the U.S. Senate this afternoon that will prohibit control tower closures.

 

 

If one or both of your U.S. Senators are NOT on the co-sponsor list below, please contact their offices in Washington right away and urge them to co-sponsor the Moran/Blumenthal legislation to keep these towers open and continue the air traffic safety benefits that towers provide the traveling public.  Senate staff should contact Tom Bush in Sen. Moran’s office (202/224-6521) if they would like to co-sponsor the legislation or if they have any questions.

Below the list of co-sponsors is the web link to access phone numbers for your Senate offices. Time is of the essence, so phone calls or emails are the best way to communicate.

 

Also, local aviation tenants, pilots, business/community leaders, and controllers should contact Senate offices as well. Getting folks that care about your tower making more noise on Capitol Hill is a very important part of this ongoing fight!

 

Note: These calls and emails should come from ALL airports with FAA contract towers, including the 102 facilities that will remain open beyond the new tower closure date of June 15. As we mentioned before, the President’s FY ’14 budget will be released later this week and we fully expect that the Administration will request zero funding for any contract towers.

 

P.S. If one or both of U.S. Senators is a co-sponsor already, please email and thank them for their support.

 

Co-Sponsors of the Moran/Blumenthal Legislation

Republicans

Jerry Moran (KS)

Pat Roberts (KS)

James Inhofe (OK)

Mark Kirk (IL)

David Vitter (LA)

Kelly Ayotte (NH)

Roy Blunt (MO)

John Boozman (AR)

Roger Wicker (MS)

 

Democrats

Richard Blumenthal (CT)

Mark Pryor (AR)

Tom Udall (NM)

Tim Kaine (VA)

Mark Warner (VA)

Joe Manchin (WV)

Amy Klobuchar (MN)

Al Franken (MN)

Jeff Merkley (OR)

 

 

 

 

http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

 

April Tenant Meetings Scheduled to Discuss Airport Control Tower and Next Options

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

 

 

Please join us at the Terminal Building upstairs conference room to discuss information on the tower and the next options on either of the following days:

Tuesday April 9th at 10 AM or

Wednesday April 10th at 1 PM 

We will provide the latest information on the FAA Sequestration decision, process, and get your input on future options.

 

We appreciate your continued support of Concord Regional Airport as we look for ways to continue to provide this service to our customers.
 
 

FAA Makes Final Decision on Sequestration Cuts

Friday, March 22, 2013

This afternoon, the City of Concord received official notification from the Federal Aviation Administration that federal funding for the contract tower at Concord Regional Airport would be eliminated.  According to the information we received, beginning on April 7, 2013, the FAA will begin a four week phase out of 149 federal contract towers across the nation, to include the tower at the Concord Regional Airport.  Our analysis of the information provided from FAA indicates that all federal contract towers in North Carolina will be eliminated. 

 

Representatives from our community who include airport customers, elected officials, and City staff made an intense effort to provide detailed information to the FAA which clearly indicates that the elimination of this funding source for the airport would be a detriment to our community and nation.  The City of Concord remains committed to providing the safest and best customer service at our airport to serve our customers and citizens while protecting as much as possible the economic benefits our region receives from Concord Regional.

 

Our airport will remain open with or without a tower. Concord City Council approved funding of our contract tower for two months in anticipation of the potential loss of federal funds. During the two month period an extensive analysis will be performed to determine the correct course of action.

 

Sequestration and Control Tower Closure Status Update

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

 

To: Concord Regional Airport Tenants and Customers

From: Rick Cloutier -Aviation Director

 

Subj: Tower Closure

 

I have attached a press release below that will go out to the media today. It outlines that we have received official notification from the FAA on the closure of our contract tower. I am sure we all can agree that this has serious impacts on our operations here at Concord Regional Airport.

 

I ask that you continue to support our effort to keep the tower open. The closure notification allows for an appeal process. We are working on that appeal and may be contacting some of you for information and letters of support. Please in the meantime I ask that you continue to work with our elected officials to help them realize the importance of the tower here at the Concord Regional Airport.

 

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

 

Rick Cloutier

 

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March 6, 2013 Media Release

 

Potential Sequestration Impacts at Concord Regional Airport

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

As you may have heard, The US Department of Transportation and the FAA have announced a plan on what cuts the agency may make if it is required to reduce its budget by $600 million this fiscal year.  US Dept. of Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood said the FAA will absorb about $600 million of the department’s $1 billion automatic cut.  

Part of the announced plan calls for reducing air traffic control services, including closing towers at approximately 100 airports.  Concord Regional Airport was included in a FAA published a list of over 200 airport control towers that are under consideration of being closed.  If towers are closed, flights in and out could continue operating but without the additional safety margin and coordination those towers currently provide. Pilots will use the airport’s designated radio frequency to announce their movements on the ground and in the air, and are on their own to stay alert for other planes.

We do not know yet what effect a tower closure will have on our operations.  We are in contact with NCDOT and FAA staff, and are talking to our legislative representatives to keep Concord Regional Airport off the closure list. We think with an over $174 million economic impact, supporting over 2,000 jobs, being an primary reliever airport, and supporting a key industry in our area makes a strong argument for maintaining air traffic control services at Concord Regional Airport.

We will keep you advised as we know more about the sequestration outcome and any FAA actions that will affect the airport.

In the event the FAA discontinues funding for our tower, we will be open to discussing other options with you. In the meantime, please feel free to contact your Congressional Representatives and let them know the importance of continued funding for the air traffic control tower at Concord Regional Airport. 

Links to FAA announcement and potential facility closures:

http://www.faa.gov/news/updates/media/2013_02_22_10_00_10.pdf

http://www.faa.gov/news/updates/media/Facilities_Could_Be_Closed.pdf

 

City Looking for Aircraft Repair Station Operation to Fill Available Hangar

Thursday, February 14, 2013

City of Concord Regional Airport ("Airport") is accepting Proposals from interested and qualified parties wishing to provide aircraft (FAA 145) repair station services with the option to provide other related aviation services ("Proposed Services") in an available large centrally located, hangar facility at the Airport. 

The hangar was previously leased by Spitfire Aviation for a aircraft maintenance and aircraft management and charter operation. Spitfire recently closed its business and the airport is looking for a comparable or better operator to be able to provide services to based and transient aircraft.

Request for Proposal documents can be obtained, in person, by mail, or by e-mail by making a request by 3:00 PM local time, March 1, 2013 with your name, company name, position, email, phone, and address to the Aviation Director, Concord Regional Airport, 9000 Aviation Blvd., Concord, NC 28027 or by email at cloutier@concordnc.gov

Sealed Proposals to provide the Proposed Services will be received at the office of the Aviation Director, Concord Regional Airport, 9000 Aviation Blvd, Concord, North Carolina 28027, until 3:00 p.m. local time on March 15, 2013.

 

Airport Tenant - Joe Gibbs Racing Aviation Dept. Staff Member Recognized

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Congratulations to Joe Gibbs Racing's Aviation Department Flight Ops Specialist Aggie Mitchard for being recognized as Pro Pilot Magazine's "Scheduler of the Quarter." 

Joe Gibb's Racing's Aviation Department is based at Concord Regional Airport and manages 4 aircraft, Flys almost 250,000 miles and transports over 7,000 crew and passengers annually all with a staff of about 25 people.  

 

 

Bank of America 500 Race Week in Concord!

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

 

Concord Regional Airport Welcomes Race Fans in town for the Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Race and Dollar General 300 Nationwide races take place at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  

 

2011 Bank of America 500
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Charlotte Motor Speedway Oct. 13th for the Bank of America 500. On October 12th, The NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers battle for 300 miles in the Dollar General 300

3011 Dollar General 300

 

 

Race Week Schedule at Charlotte Motor Speedway:
 
Tuesday 5:00 p.m. NASCAR Night at zMAX Dragway
 
Wednesday 7:00 p.m. Circle K Late Model Showdown @ The Dirt Track
 
Thursday 7:10 p.m. Bojangles' Pole Night
 
Thursday 8:30 p.m. UNOH Southern Slam 150
 
Friday 7:30 p.m. Dollar General 300
 
Saturday 7:30 p.m. Bank of America 500

 

As always, the Concord Regional Airport is ready for any out of town visitors flying in to the airport for the races. We will have extra staff on hand to handle any rush that may occur. 

 

In addition to the helicopter & shuttle service that operate from the airport, there will be a ground transportation shuttle service operated by Shuttles Specialty, Inc. which will again provide round trip shuttle bus service for $20. Passengers can make reservations in advance by calling 704-598-3644 or just call for service upon arriving at the airport before the race.

 

Special greetings for customers flying in for the Bank of America 500

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Fly into North Carolina for the Bank of America 500 for food, fun and prizes!

We have special surprises and promotions going on for those guests that fly into Concord Regional Airport this year for the Bank of America 500 NASCAR race!

World Fuel representatives will be here on site greeting customers with prizes and give-a-ways. Customers can learn about all the benefits that come with being a World Fuel customer including contract fuel program and Flybys rewards program.

 

B-17 "Memphis Belle" to visit Concord September 15-16, 2012

Thursday, September 06, 2012

The The Liberty Foundation's 2012 "Salute to Veterans" tour will make a stop at Concord Regional Airport this month.  We will have a restored B-17 aircraft that was used in the movie Memphis Belle here at the airport over the weekend of September 15-16, 2012.
 

The Liberty Foundation will offer rides and ground tours on this aircraft while it is at that airport over the weekend. The cost is $450 per person and the donotion is tax deductible! For more information visit the Liberty Foundation website or call them at 918-340-0243.

http://www.libertyfoundation.org/schedule.html

 

 

Concord Regional Airport - The fastest way to fly in to the DNC

Monday, August 27, 2012

 

With the DNC kicking off next week in Charlotte, activity is expected to beging to pick up and stay that way through the friday after the Convention.  The US Department of Homland Security has designated the event a National Special Security Event (NSSE) placing the US Secret Service in charge of event security and creating some protected airspace or Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) over the event. 

Secret Service has worked with the FAA and a Flight Advisory has been issued regarding those TFRs. Although there will be restrictions on general Aviation operations, Secret Service is working with the FAA and the corporate aviation community to minimize impacts to those aircraft that need to fly into and out of the area during the DNC. 

TFR hours have been reduced and a gateway airport program has been established so that aircraft can still arrive and depart even when the TFR is in effect (with 24 hrs reservation). For Concord Regional Airport, will expect to be outside the 10 mile TFR ring so aircraft can fly direct to Concord without having to make a gateway airport stop over.  

Please check with the flight service station and review actual NOTAMs in place before departing for the DNC.

 

 

Concord Regional Airport has set up a webpage called DNC INFO and will post all the latest information, restrictions, and news as it becomes available. Please suscribe to the page and you will be notified when updates are posted.

 

Concord Regional Airport to Host Welcome Reception for New Aviation Director

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

 

DNC Information Meeting for Airport Tenants Announcement

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

 

 

The Airport will hold a Information Meeting on August 7th at 2PM in the Upstairs Terminal Conference Room, for all interested Based Customers and Tenants to go over issues and proceedures that are anticipated to be in place for the DNC event that is coming to the Charlotte,NC Area September 3 - 6 , 2012.

Please RSVP to Susan Green if you are able to attend this meeting.

 

Concord Regional Airport Ready For May NASCAR Race Events at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Saturday, May 19, 2012

CRA is excited to welcome race fans to Concord, NC this month.

 

The airport is located about three miles from the track and activity can get pretty busy during this time as visitors fly and drive into our area for these events. In addition, we host many of the military demonstration, helicopter shuttles, and banner towing operations that occur at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

 

Our staffing and hours will be adjusted to ensure we are able to serve existing customers and those customers flying in for the race events. In addition, the tower will be open late after race events to help with aircraft departures.   

 2011 Coke 600 Race

Shuttle Specialty, Inc will have a representative and buses waiting at the Airport to provide roundtrip transportation to and from the Airport to the Speedway for the Coca-Cola 600 Sprint Cup race on May 27th.  The cost to avoid the hassles driving through the traffic and finding close parking will be only $25 for the round trip. Rides are in a comfortable air conditioned van or bus that picks up and drops off right in front of the Speedway.  Reservations are necessary but can be made by calling (704) 598-3644. 

 

Also, for the Coke 600 race, World Fuel and RKLewis Consulting will provide a complementary BBQ lunch to those at the airport in the afternoon. 

 

For those at the airport during the race, the race can be watched on our HDTV in the terminal lobby.  Pilots can also relax in our pilot lounge with computer stations, large recliners, satellite TV and FREE WiFi. We usually have several pilots with us most of the evening during the race events waiting on passengers who depart once the race is over.

 

For our customers who need aircraft services, such as fuel, please allow for extra time and get your requests in to our customer service desk as early as possible, we will be handling requests on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

Ford Tri-Motor Tour Stop coming to Concord (JQF) May 31st - June 4th

Saturday, May 19, 2012


 



 

EAA Chapter 309 will be hosting a tour stop of a fully restored 1929 Fort Tri-motor aircraft at Concord Regional Airport May 31 - June 4, 2012. Ground tours and rides will be available for the general public to see and experience this unique aircraft.
 
Additional information on the aircraft and the tour stop can be found at:


 

 

Are You Taking Advantage of Reward Points?

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Customers at Concord Regional Airport have two options to get reward points on their aviation fuel purchases.
Wingspoints 
 
We participate in the Phillips Wings Points Program. To start earning your points, present your card every time you make a purchase. Each gallon you buy earns at least 10 points. Every time you use your Phillips 66® Aviation Card with your WingPoints Rewards Card, you earn double points for that purchase and earn rewards even faster.

 

   

Concord Regional Airport also now participates in the World Fuel "Contract Fuel Program" which allows customers to take advantage of special fuel pricing.  Being part of the World Fuel family, our customers can also take part in the new World Fuel rewards program called "FlyBuys" when using contract fuel or purchasing fuel with Avcard.
 
To earn FlyBuys points, use your registered AVCARD or World Fuel contract fuel on your next trip and points are posted to your FlyBuys accounts automatically. Use the services of BaseOps International Trip Planning and earn additional points. Using Contract fuel earns you 1 point per gallon. Using Avcard earns you 1 point per $5 purchased.
 
Once you accumulate the required number of points, FlyBuys™ rewards are available at any time and may be redeemed online at FlyBuysRewards.com
 

DNC Preparation Information Sharing Meetings to be held April 5th

Thursday, March 29, 2012

DNC Preparation Information Sharing Meetings to be held April 5th

The Concord Regional Airport will host two meetings on April 5th called Information Sharing Sessions. These meetings, one for tenants (at 10:00 AM), and one for the NASCAR related aviation community (at 11:00 AM), will be held in the Airport Terminal Bulding 2nd floor conference room.

The meetings will be an opportunity to discuss preparations the Airport is undertaking for the event and an opportunity to share how the event may affect your flight operations.

 

 

Airport Hot Dog Sale is Thursday March 29th from 11 AM to 2 PM

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

 

Proceeds to benefit the Employee Flower Fund which is used for flowers and cards of encouragement for employees suffering a loss, injury or illness, or new addition to their family. 

 

 

Democratic National Convention announces which State delegates are staying in hotels in our area

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Democratic National Convention announces which State delegates are staying in hotels in our area

 

Delegates to this summer's Democratic National Convention learned what hotels they'll be staying this month. DNC Committee CEO Steve Kerrigan announced the hotel assignments for the approximately 6,000 delegates to the 2012 DNC in Charlotte.

 

Concord will be hosting DNC Delegates from: Alaska, District of Columbia, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, New Mexico, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Texas, West Virginia.

 

The DNC delegations from Alabama, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Ohio, Oregon, & Tennessee will be staying just down the road in University City.

 

Restrooms at Concord Regional Airport are going "Green"

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Beginning in February, as part of the 2007 Kannapolis / Concord interbasin transfer agreement, all restroom facilities at the airport will be getting water conservation modifications. Waterless urinals, low flow toilets and hands free sink faucets are being installed in the terminal building and all City of Concord owned hangars.

 

Concord Regional Airport Celebrates it 17th Birthday on 11-11-11

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Happy Birthday to Concord Regional Airport! Seventeen years ago the airport was officially dedicated.

 

 

We would like to thank everyone who had a part, from those who had the foresight and fortitude to make the airport a reality to all those who have helped make our facility what it is today.

 

 

2011 Celebration of Flight Event at Concord Regional Airport a Success!

Monday, November 07, 2011

Concord Regional Airport is hosted a two-day Celebration of Flight event October 29-30, 2011 that was intended to raise awareness of the positive impact and benefits the airport and aviation has to the Concord and Charlotte region. 

There were several family friendly activities including 5K run, hangar breakfast, static aircraft display, flybys, kids area, aviation seminar, exhibits, vendors, food, free airplane flights for kids, & rotary fundraiser golf ball drop.

Although the weather did not cooperate fully on Saturday limiting fly-in aircraft and some aircraft participation with cold, wet, and windy conditions, Sunday's weather was picture perfect. 

Attendance was estimated around 3,600 this year. There were over 30 aircraft and cars on Static Display including several NASCAR Aircraft, classic cars, and race team show cars. There were over an hour and half of flybys each day by aircraft ranging from a Piper Cub to a P-51 Mustang.

Over 170 kids were able to take "Free" young eagles airplane rides thanks to the generosity of EAA pilots, volunteers, and aircraft owners.

 

Robinson High School's ROTC cadets presented the colors at the opening ceremony, Mr. Cory Gaston, a marine and volunteer at Central Cabarrus High School, played the national anthem and then taps during the 21 gun salute performed by the Concord Police Department in honor of Jack Mangan, a local pilot and airport tenant who lost his life in an airshow accident earlier this year.

 

It's Race Week in Concord!

Friday, October 14, 2011

The Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Race and Dollar General 300 Nationwide races take place at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  

 

2011 Bank of America 500
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Charlotte Motor Speedway Oct. 15 for the Bank of America 500. On October 14th, The NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers battle for 300 miles in the Dollar General 300

3011 Dollar General 300

 

New this year is the "Better Half Dash", scheduled as part of the pre-race activities for the Bank of America 500. The charity race, supporting Motor Racing Outreach and Speedway Children's Charities, will feature the wives and girlfriends of top NASCAR personalities battling it out in Bandolero on the frontstretch quarter-mile.  
2011 Better Half Race

 

As always, the Concord Regional Airport is ready for any out of town visitors flying in to the airport for the races. We will have extra staff on hand to handle any rush that may occur. 

 

In addition to the helicopter & shuttle service that operate from the airport, there will be a ground transportation shuttle service operated by Shuttles Specialty, Inc. which will again provide round trip shuttle bus service for $20. Passengers can make reservations in advance by calling 704-598-3644 or just call for service upon arriving at the airport before the race.

 

On Bank of America 500 Saturday, we will be serving complementary R&R Barbecue, sponsored by Ascent Aviation, for those customers that will be at the airport around lunch time.  

 

Concord Regional Airport Participates in "Cars On Parade" Public Art Project

Friday, October 14, 2011

 
 
Cars on Parade drives into Cabarrus County!
 
Part art appreciation and part visitor attraction, Cars on Parade is a Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) public art initiative and celebrates "Where Racing Lives."



 

Cars on Parade


 

The Concord Regional Airport participated by painting a race car and using numerous logo stickers from airport businesses and vendors to decorate the car. Aviation employees Glenn Hatley and Darrell Burris used their talents and creativity in decorating and giving a theme to the car.


 

 

Concord Regional Airport to host Celebration of Flight Community Event on October 29-30 2011

Friday, September 09, 2011

 

 Concord Regional Airport is hosting a two-day Celebration of Flight event October 29-30, 2011. It's free to the public and is intended to raise awareness of the positive impact and benefits the airport and aviation has to the Concord and Charlotte region. 

Several family friendly activities are planned including 5K run, hangar breakfast, static aircraft display, flybys, kids area, aviation seminar, exhibits, vendors, Food, Free airplane flights for kids, & Rotary fundraiser.

Citizens of the community will have an opportunity to view many unique aircraft up close.

If you have a local business or group and want to participate as a sponsor, vendor, or volunteer please see the event website for additional information.

 

 

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Concord Regional Airport Celebration of Flight - October 29-30th, 2011

Friday, September 09, 2011

 Concord Regional Airport Celebration of Flight - October 29-30th, 2011

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Airport getting closer to having new Control Tower

Monday, July 18, 2011

Airport getting closer to having new Control Tower

Concord Regional Airport is looking to improve safety at the airport by seeing FAA approval and grant funding to replace our existing 35 foot tall airport control tower with a new 120 ft tower. Recently Lukas Johnson with the Charlotte Observer's Cabarrus News visited the airport and wrote a story on our efforts and progress.

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Airport to Host Public Information Meeting on Derita Rd. Widening Project.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

The city of Concord, in conjunction with the North Carolina Department of
Transportation (NCDOT), will hold a Citizens’ Informational Workshop on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. The workshop will be held at the Concord Regional Airport Conference Room, 9000 Aviation Blvd., Concord.

WIDENING OF DERITA ROAD (STATE ROAD 1445) IN CONCORD FROM POPULAR TENT ROAD (S.R. 1394) TO CONCORD MILLS BOULEVARD (S.R. 2894)

...The proposed project will widen about 2.6 miles of Derita Road. It includes a four-lane divided road with a 23-foot wide median, widened to 30 feet where double left-turn lanes are needed. The posted speed limit would be 45 miles per hour.

Landscaping, bicycle lanes, sidewalks, street lighting and potential bus stops are being considered during project development. Right-of-way acquisition is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2012, with construction scheduled to begin the following summer, with that schedule subject to change.
 

Aviation Director Richard Lewis appointed to serve on the 2011-2012 USCTA Policy Board

Friday, July 01, 2011

 Concord Regional Airport's Aviation Director Richard Lewis has been appointed to serve on the 2011-2012 U.S. Contract Tower Association (USCTA) Policy Board. This is a 26-member board that focuses on maximizing the benefits of the Contract Tower Program for airports, the communities they serve, and the aviation industry as a whole.

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News 14 Carolina's Recent Story on Concord Efforts to Get a New Airport Control Tower.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

CONCORD -- The Concord Regional Airport is beginning to outgrow its 36-foot control tower sparking a push for a new, taller tower to accommodate increased traffic and larger aircrafts.

With NASCAR teams making up 60 percent of their traffic, the current tower was intended to operate just during May and October races. As the need for NASCAR and corporate travel in and out of Concord has increased, so have the size of the airplanes.

"We had more operations 10 years ago, but they were smaller aircrafts," said Richard Lewis, the aviation director at the airport.

The runway was strengthened to support 737s. Now, a tower is needed to better direct them. Site approval is the next step.

"Without the site we can't do any design. We can't do a preliminary cost estimate that's got any accuracy to it," said Lewis.

The estimated cost for most control towers is $3 million. The airport already receives an annual general aviation grant of $150,000. And with Concord already contributing a grant of almost $17,000, city leaders need no convincing.

"The tower is needed so the controllers can clearly see both ends of the runway now that it has been lengthened," Mayor Scott Padget said in a statement. "When the tower that is in use today was built, corporate aviation was very different."

He also said it should have little to no impact on the neighborhoods as these planes already use the airport and many of the larger jets make less noise than some propeller driven aircraft.

Lewis added that the new tower is also necessary to maintain its economic impact. "It's part of the community," he said. "All these planes that left today to go to the race, those are all jobs in our community."

Although a timeline to get a new tower has yet to be determined, Lewis said other improvements will be made by the time air traffic for the Democratic National Convention next year. Lewis also added there are no future plans to bring commercial airlines to Concord.

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Concord Regional Airport Welcomes Race Fans

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

 

 
Race week is here in the Concord – Charlotte Area!  On May 28th and 29th, NASCAR holds two big races at the Charlotte Motor Speedway this Memorial Day weekend.

On Saturday, May 28th, at 2:30 PM the Top Gear 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series Race  runs and on Sunday, May 29th,  its the 52nd running of the Coca-Cola 600 Sprint Cup Race, which is only 600-mile event on the NASCAR schedule

Being only three miles from the speedway, Concord Regional Airport will welcome hundreds of visitors including flight crews, race fans, corporate sponsors, celebrities, dignitaries, and some race teams coming to see and participate in these exciting events.

Our experienced airport and FBO staff are prepared and ready for the increased traffic, especially on the day of the race. Aircraft greeters will be directing aircraft to parking areas and shuttle vans will pick crews and passengers up at their aircraft and transport them to the airport terminal building where ground transportation or helicopter shuttle service coordinators are located.  Shuttle Specialty will provide ground shuttle service beginning in the afternoon to the Speedway. The cost this year for that service will be $30.00. Their contact number is 704 598-3644

Our customer service staff has planned some special treats for hungry visitors and pilots when they arrive R&R Barbeque and Papa Johns Pizza will be served for customers at the airport.

Please let us know of any special service requests or accommodations you need by filling out an on-line service request or calling our FBO customer service desk at (704)-920-5900. We will do all we can to assist you.
 

May 2011 Airport Newsletter is available on-line

Monday, May 16, 2011

Our latest newsletter is now available covering everything from race week activities to planning for our Celebration of Flight event the last weekend in October. 

 

The newsletter is just one way for us to keep you informed and share what has been and what will be going on at the airport.  

 

Please help us get the word out by forwarding the newsletter link to those you know who have an interest in the airport.
  

Also, if you use social media,  be sure to visit our facebook and twitter pages. please "like" or "follow" us.

  

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5/14/11 Young Eagles Rally has been Canceled. Will be rescheduled for future date

Friday, May 13, 2011

Weather forecast was for rain and low clouds for most of Saturday  so the EAA made the decision to cancel the May 14th Young Eagles Rally at Concord Regional Airport.

The main goal was to have a positive and safe flight experience for the kids. Marginal weather would have made that difficult.

 

Young Eagles Rally on Saturday, May 14th

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Concord Regional Airport will be hosting EAA Chapter 309 as they hold a Young Eagles Rally on Saturday, May 14th starting at 10:00am.
  
EAA Young EaglesThe EAA Young Eagles program was launched in 1992 to give interested young people, ages 8 - 17, an opportunity to go flying in a general aviation airplane. These flights, which are about 15 to 20 minutes,  are offered free of charge and are made possible through the generosity of EAA member volunteers.

Since 1992, more than 1.6 million Young Eagles have enjoyed a flight through the program. Phillips 66 Aviation is a big supporter of the program and offers the volunteer pilots a generous rebate of fuel purchased for the flights.

 

EAA Chapter309 has set up a webpage for the event for those interested in volunteering or participating in the event:
  
  
Airport staff will set up a special area for aircraft to be parked and for participants waiting for their flight. The Control Tower will be asking for our tenant's consideration by avoiding doing pattern work to help make the operation as efficient as possible.
  
We are expecting around 5 aircraft and 40 to 50 kids to participate at the Rally. Parents and Guardians are encourage to bring your family and your cameras and enjoy your time at Concord Regional Airport. Rain Date will be Sunday May 15th.
 

Concord Regional Airport welcomed over 400 third graders on Civic Ed Tours last week

Monday, April 04, 2011

Concord Regional Airport welcomed third graders from WM Irvin, RB McAllister, and Winecoff Elementary last week for a tour of the airport. These schools take part in the City of Concord's Civic Ed Program that gives students the opportunity to learn about the City and the many services it provides. After the in school presentations, the students take a field trip visiting city facilities which include a few hours at the airport. Big thanks to Joe Gibbs Racing for participating, showing the students their hangar and aircraft.

One of the Winecoff Elementary groups got a big surprise on their tour when an aircraft arrived carrying John H. Schnatter "Papa John" the founder, CEO, and spokesman for Papa John's Pizza, who was flying in visiting local restaurants and managers. He was kind enough to pose for a picture with the group making it a very memorable tour.

 

 

EAA Grassroots Pilot Tour in our area Wednesday April 6th.

Monday, April 04, 2011

EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower's Grassroots Pilot Tour is making a stop in our area Wednesday April 6th at nearby Gastonia Municipal Airport. The stop is hosted by EAA Chaper 309 and is an opportunity for pilots to hear about the leading aviation issues and what EAA is doing to grow participation in aviation and inspire the next generation of aviators.

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Food Lion AutoFair Begins this week.

Monday, April 04, 2011

The world’s largest automotive extravaganza returns April 7-10 at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Food Lion AutoFair. The annual four-day show attracts thousands of automobiles and features collector car auctions, a flea market with more than 10,000 vendor spaces, a massive manufacturer midway, a car corral with more than 1,500 cars for sale, special exhibits, a kids' zone, crazy fair foods and much more!

Concord Regional Airport welcomes those flying into the event. Please speak with one of our customer service specialists at 704-920-5900 and let us know if we can assist you during your visit.

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CRA a 14 year member of National Business Aviation Association (NBAA)

Monday, April 04, 2011

The National Business Aviation Association recently sent the airport a certificate showing Concord Regional Airport has been a member partner with NBAA since 1997. We are proud of this partnership.

NBAA's goal is to creat an environment that fosters business aviation in the United States and around the world.  NBAA pursues that goal by constantly striving to be a world-class organization that enhances safety, security, and professionalism; provides operational assistance its members; shapes public policy; projects a positive image of the business aviation industry; and hosts leading aviation shows and conferences.

The Concord Regional Airport regularly attends NBAA industry conferences and we have similar goals of safety, security, and customer service in all that we do.  

 

Aviation Director talks abouts possible 2012 DNC convention opportunities and impacts at the airport

Friday, February 18, 2011

 

 

Concord Regional Airport Aviation Director Richard Lewis was interviewed recently by WSOC TV station for a story about opportunities small airports may have with the DNC convention coming to Charlotte in 2012. Here is the link and story:

 

http://www.wsoctv.com/news/26866208/detail.html

 

CONCORD, N.C. -- Charlotte-Douglas International isn't the only airport in the area getting ready for the Democratic National Convention in 2012. A few miles away in Concord, preparation for the event took off immediately.

 

"Within two hours after the announcement, we had talked to every airport except Denver International as to what impact they had," said Richard Lewis, aviation director at Concord Regional Airport.

 

Lewis said the runway won't need any work, thanks to improvements already made over the years. He said there could be renovations to the terminal or they may need to add a screening area.

 

From talking with airports in the Denver area, Lewis said he learned the biggest focus must be on security.

 

"They said they were crawling all over so we need to start now to look at what we need to do working the TSA, working with our own police department and Secret Service," said Lewis.

 

Paying for the enhancements may prove to be a challenge.

 

Concord Regional is a commercial airport but "for funding we're a general aviation airport and we are not eligible for security or safety money," said Lewis.

 

The airport may be able to tap into public funds or grants from the TSA, Department of Homeland Security and the city of Concord. Lewis said he wants to have any major improvements off the ground and completed in the next 12 months.

 

"We will be ready to put the best foot forward of Concord," said Lewis.

 

Lewis has invited the airport manager from Centennial Airport, a general aviation facility in Denver, to come to Concord and brief his staff on their experience with the DNC in 2008 and what they should expect going forward.

 

One of CMC's Helicopter Transport Ambulances now based at Concord Regional Airport

Friday, February 18, 2011

Concord Regional Airport welcomes MedCenter Air (CMC's Helicopter Transport Ambulances). They will be base one of their helicopters at the airport beginning February 2011. This should expand their response time and coverage area in the Cabarrus County and Northeast Charlotte region.

They will be staged at the City of Concord Fire Station #6 which also houses the Airport's Aircraft Fire Rescue equipment.

Here is the article on the helicopter's move to Concord and potential benifits from the Independant Tribune

 

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Charlotte Observer Article (1/9/11) - Concord woman living pilot dream

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Article From the Charlotte Observer's Reporter DAVID HINSHAW - dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com

Brittany Badgett, 20, of Concord started flying as a teenager at Concord Regional Airport. Now she is pursuing an aviation management degree at Middle Georgia College.

Brittany Badgett's grandmother called her every time she saw a female airline pilot.

 
"In 10 years, I can't wait to get on a plane, and you're talking over the intercom: 'This is your captain speaking,'" her grandmother would say.
 
"My mom was the same way," Brittany told me at Concord Regional Airport last week. "She knew this is what I wanted to do."
 
Brittany, 20, has already earned her private license to pilot single-engine planes. She's certified to fly up to 18,000 feet.
 
She was downright serious when, as a junior at Northwest Cabarrus High School, she approached her mom about taking lessons.
 
She did just that during her senior year, driving to the airport for once-a-week, hour-long lessons at Fly Carolina.
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Airport sees increase in takeoffs and landings in 2010

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

The Concord Regional Airport reported 60,534 operations in 2010. That is a 12.6% increase over 2009 (53,767 operations), as counted by the airport control tower. An "aircraft operation" is defined as a takeoff or landing at the airport.

As the economy slowly improves and fuel prices remain reasonable, more business and recreational flying activity takes place. We have seen just that effect as operations have been higher year-over-year for eleven months in at row.

 

Concord Regional Airport turns Sixteen on November 11, 2010!

Monday, November 01, 2010

 

Come join us on November 11th as the Concord Regional Airport celebrates its 16th birthday!  We will be having cake and hosting a Hot Dog sale that benefits the City of Concord United Way campaign.

 

Airport's Fuel Trucks Recieve Upgrade

Monday, November 01, 2010

 

This month, the fuel trucks at the Concord Regional Airport will recieve a much awaited enhancement. Phillips 66 Aviation is installing wireless technology on the fuel meters  in each of the fuel trucks that will transmit the gallons pumped and other customer aircraft data back to the City's of Concord Airport Fixed Base Operation (FBO) Point-of-Sale (POS) computer system.

This is expected to be a big customer service enhancement that replaces the paper ticket system now in place and increase efficiency and accuracy by eliminating time delay and duplication of data entry.

The wireless system will be installed in all five of the airport fuel trucks and, after a brief test period, should be operational by the end of the month.

 

It’s "Bank of America 500" Race Week in Concord, NC.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

 

 

The Aviation Department staff and the Concord Regional Airport are excited to again welcome race fans to Concord this month.

Staff hours have been adjusted to ensure we can serve our customers flying in for the race activities. The control tower hours will be extended on both race nights. The tower will be open to 1 AM on Friday night and 2 AM on Saturday night.  Ascent Aviation and Avis Car Rental have sponsored a complementary lunch to those out at or flying into the airport in the afternoon and, as always, the race can be watched on our HDTV in the terminal lobby.  We usually have several pilots with us most of the evening during the races.

Keep in mind roadway traffic backs up significantly after 12 PM around the airport. Some common access roads are blocked or redirected by law enforcement to keep traffic moving (unfortunately not always the direction to get to the airport). The bridge construction on Poplar Tent Road will may also effect traffic patterns in the area for the race event.


If you are going to the race, Shuttles Specialty is again providing direct round trip bus service to and from the airport for both the Friday and Saturday night events. They will provide an on-call service on Friday and will have someone stationed at the airport on Saturday afternoon. Reservations can be made in advance for only $20 at 704-598-3644.

 

 

“Salute to Veterans Program” Hangar Bar-B-Que Dinner to be held 10/23/10 at 5PM

Thursday, October 07, 2010

“Salute to Veterans Program” Hangar Bar-B-Que Dinner to be held 10/23/10 at 5PM

The EAA B-17 Tour Stop “Salute to Veterans Program” Hangar Bar-B-Que Dinner will be held during the Concord Regional Airport OPEN HOUSE on Saturday, October 23rd, 5PM to 7PM, at the airport’s Hangar E. 

The dinner program will feature WWll B-17 Command Pilot CPT Charles Barrier, WWll Pilots and Veterans, WWll Swing Dancers, and the EAA B-17 Crew Members.

Open to the public. The cost for Dinner is $12.00 per person.  ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE AIRPORT.  Tickets will also be available at the B-17 Merchandise Trailer during the Airport OPEN HOUSE event.  

Bring your family and say “Thank You to our Greatest Generation Veterans!”

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"Inside Cirrus" Event to be held at Concord Regional Airport on October 13th.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Cirrus Aircraft Company as part of their mission to make Cirrus Aircraft accessible to a wider audience has developed a unique Cirrus Road Show called “Inside Cirrus”. Throughout the year, they make special appearances with two mini-mobile vehicles as well as actual aircraft static display. One of the vehicles houses a... complete TURBO X-Edition mock up and the other houses a full scale Cirrus Vision mock up.

Both displays will be at the Concord Regional Airport on the evening of October 13th as well as two Cirrus SR20 aircraft and one SR22 aircraft.

Also, Cirrus is developing a unique very light jet called the Vision SF20. Cirrus may also share the latest information on this aircraft.

The event is limited to 75 people so if you are interested in seeing these aircraft, you must register on-line or contact the Cirrus Regional Sales representative, Michael Matthews at 571.345.5875 or by email at mmatthews@cirrusaircraft.com

Event website can be found at

http://www.cirrusaircraft.com/contact/eventlisting/default.aspx

 

FAA Aviation Safety Symposium being held in Concord on August 24th, 2010

Monday, August 16, 2010

 

Title:  Corporate Aviation Safety Symposium

Topic:  Training, Standardization & Compliance Conference for Corporate Flight Operations

Date and Time:  Tuesday, August 24, 2010 , starting at 8:30 am

 

Summary: Fourteen featured seminars detailing safety information related to daily corporate and air carrier flight operations (Part 91, 135, and 121)  and  professional crew training. Industry speakers and representatives will be on hand for a day of unique and informative presentations. You cannot afford to miss this annual corporate flight operations safety event!
 
Registration Information:
Select Number:  EA6833757
 
Location of Seminar:
Embassy Suites Hotel
5400 John Q Hammons Dr. NW
Concord, NC 28027
 
Directions to Venue: From Interstate 85, exit 49 - Bruton Smith Blvd. Go East to John Q. Hammonds Dr. Turn right. 
Seating: 200 seats at the facility
 
Sponsoring Division:
The FAA Safety Team
Contact Information:
Bob Sutherlin
Phone: 336-369-3949
 
For  additional details, contact:
Aggie Mitchard
Flight Operations Specialist/Dispatcher
Joe Gibbs Racing, Inc.
amitchard@JoeGibbsRacing.com
704-785-2110 x2006
 
 

Your Invited to the IMC Club Meeting 8-19-10 - Topic: Runway Incursions

Monday, August 16, 2010

Your Invited to the IMC Club Meeting 8-19-10 - Topic: Runway Incursions

Regular Meeting
At CONCORD AIRPORT TERMINAL
Thursday August 19th at 7pm
First of its kind in the nation the IMC Club has regular meetings where local pilots and students can meet and learn more about IFR flying with the opportunity to share their own knowledge and expertise. These meetings are open to the public. There is no fee charged for club membership. Membership has certain ranks and privileges associated with the accomplishment of “missions”. A pilot license or an IFR Rating is NOT REQUIRED!  
Let’s get together and talk about flying IFR and flying in IMC.
The Program this month will be:
RUNWAY INCURSIONS
 
Questions?
Call Bill Heybruck 704 904 4706 

 

Concord Regional Airport Night at the Intimidators is Sat, August 7th

Thursday, July 01, 2010

 

Mark your calendars for Saturday Night August 7th and plan to come out for a great time of minor league baseball and much more, including givaways, games, and FIREWORKS on Concord Regional Airport Night at the Intimidators!

Several airport businesses including Avis Car Rental and some of our flight schools will be out there with us with give-aways, coupons, and information.

In addition we here COWS will be falling from the sky! as part of a Chick-fil-a promotion.

Please come out and join us for a great summer evening and learn about the Concord Regional Airport... The official airport of the Kannapolis Intimidators!

 

NATA WELCOMES OVER 500 PHILLIPS 66 AVIATION BRANDED DEALERS

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

 

Phillips 66 Aviation Fuels, which Concord Regional Airport is contracted with, has partnered with The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) allowing all their Phillips 66 aviation fuel dealers access to the many programs that NATA provides.

One of those programs is the "Safety First" training program which is now a completely paperless way of providing the top of the line safety training, testing, and training documentation to fixed base operator line service employees. Similar to on-line classes at colleges, participants have access to safety materials and watch seminars on-line. They then have to demonstrate retention by completing online testing of those materials which is recorded and documented.  The Safety First program is rapidly becomming the industry standard for FBO line service safety certification.  Previously, Safety First training was done at the FBO by employees watching VHS or DVD videos on-site and taking paper tests at the FBO. The new training works with existing on-site training that each Phillips 66 dealer currently has.

 

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Quips Cafe now delivers lunch to Concord Regional Airport on Thursdays

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

 

 

 

Charlotte upscale cafe "Quips Cafe" is now offering lunch delivery to the Concord Regional Airport on Thursdays, which is usually the busiest traffic day at the airport due to Nascar teams departing for the race weekend. 

They are offering seven different menu items for this promotion all under $8.00.  

Ordering need to be done in advance either by phone, through e-mail, or by visiting their website www.quipscafe.com

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Newspaper Article on Aviation Director Richard Lewis' Indian Exchange Student

Friday, June 11, 2010

Newspaper Article on Aviation Director Richard Lewis' Indian Exchange Student

Our local paper, the Independant Tribune, has written a nice article highlighting the experiences of the foreign exchange student from India, Katan Chaudhari, that Aviation Director Richard Lewis and his wife have hosted for the last 10 months.

 

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North Carolina economy on the rebound!

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Good news was reported today by UNC Charlotte economist John Connaughton in his quarterly forecast for the state.  He predicts that North Carolina’s real GSP will increase in 2010 by 2.2 percent over the 2009 level and predicts 58,000 net new jobs will be created in the State in 2010.

The Concord Regional Airport is also seeing some signs of improving economy as. Airport operations have been up three straight months after several months of declines. Fuel purchases by aircraft are also above last years levels. Aviation Department staff continue to focus of providing customers with the best possible value when using the Concord Regional Airport being dedicated to first class customer service, safety, and security for all users and customers at thei airport. 

See below for the full article by professor Connaughton, the professor of economics in the Belk College of Business and director of the UNC Charlotte Economic Forecast.

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Concord Regional Airport Contract Tower Passes FAA Audit Inspection with 100%

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

 

Congratulations to tower manager Ken Johnson and his staff at the Concord Regional Airport (CRA) Contract Control Tower operated by Robinson Aviation (RVA) for achieving an “M”, meets requirements, and 100% percentage of compliance score on a recently completed FAA safety and operations audit.

 
The FAA conducts full-facility quality assurance evaluations at FAA-operated and contracted towers once every 2 years. These audits normally last approximately 8 hours and cover 40-50 checklist items and include: staffing level observations, examination of certification and key parameters, position monitoring, voice and data reviews, documentation review, training record examinations, staff interviews, and procedure discussions. Receiving an “M” (Meets Requirements) rating means that for each item checked, the facility is in compliance with national, service area, and local requirements. 
 
The staff at the CRA tower are a dedicated group of air traffic controllers who provide outstanding service with safety and customer service always in mind. At CRA, we have a highly experienced team that have over 180 years of experience combined or an average of more than 30 years per controller. Each controller is certified and continues to receive refresher training to ensure the highest safety level.  In fact, since the tower became a contract tower in the FAA program ninth years ago, they have had no operational errors.
 

Its time for two weeks of racing excitement at Concord Regional Airport

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

May is always an exciting and busy month at Concord Regional Airport.  With all the NASCAR racing activity at the Lowes Motor Speedway three miles away, the airport will see a change is its normal aircraft traffic.  The Airport usually welcomes hundreds of visitors during the race weeks including flight crews, race fans, corporate sponsors, celebrities, dignitaries, and several race teams coming to see and participate in these exciting events.  In addition, we will be hosting many of the military demonstration, helicopter shuttles, and banner towing operations that will be occurring at the Speedway.

 

This year the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race will run on Saturday night May 22nd and the  Coca-Cola 600 Race, which is the longest race of the season, will run Sunday evening May 30, 2010.  In between several other events will occur including the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge on Thursday night May 14th, the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 Truck series race on Friday May 21st after All-Star Qualifying, the Circle K NOS Energy Outlaw Showdownat the Dirt Track on Friday May 28th, and the TECH-NET Auto Service 300 Nationwide Series Race on Saturday, May 29th.

Also, the Inaugural NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held Sunday, May 23 at 1 p.m. at the newly opened NASCAR Hall of Fame. 

 
In addition there are many other events going on around the area that include NASCAR driver appearances including  Food Lion Speed Street in Uptown Charlotte May 27th through May 29th,  and Fan Appreciate Days at several area race shops including Roush Fenway Racing headquarters and Richard Petty Racing, adjacent to the Concord Regional Airport entrance, which usually features driver autograph sessions and shop tours.  
 
Our experienced airport and FBO staff are prepared and ready for the increased traffic, especially on the day of the race.  Additional aircraft greeters will be directing aircraft to parking areas and shuttle vans will pick crews and passengers up at their aircraft and transport them to the airport terminal building where ground transportation or helicopter shuttle service coordinators are located.  
 
Again this year, Shuttles will be providing transportation to and from the Airport to the Speedway for both Sprint Cup races and the Nationwide Series race.  The cost to avoid the hassles driving through the traffic and parking will be $30 for the round trip in a comfortable air conditioned van or bus that picks up and drops off right in front of the Speedway.  Discounts will be offered for larger groups that make advanced reservations with Shuttles.  Shuttles will have a representative and buses waiting at the Airport for the Coca-Cola 600.  For the other two races customers or the airport customer service desk can call for the pickup at (704) 598-3644.  
 

For those customers flying in, please let us know of any special service requests or accommodations you need by filling out an on-line service request or calling our FBO customer service desk at (704)-920-5900. We will do all we can to assist you.  Remember to ask about our volume fuel discounts!

 

Concord Regional Airport to host "Southeastern Aircraft Expo" tour on May 13th.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

  Southeastern aircraft expo

 

The Southeastern Aircraft Expo tour is coming to the Concord Regional Airport on Thursday May 13th, 2010.

 
This is a chance for those owning or interested in general aviation aircraft or looking to buy a small aircraft to see the latest models of general aviation aircraft all in one place! Manufacturers such as Mooney, Diamond, Cessna, and Piper will all have aircraft represented.
 
Attendees will be able to talk to aircraft manufacturer's representatives, tax experts, insurance professionals and finance officers - it's a one stop opportunity to answer questions about owning an airplane.
 

The event begins at 1:00 PM and runs through 6:00 PM and held on the airport ramp adjacent to the Concord Regional Airport Terminal Building.  

 

The event is Free! Click here for on-line registration or visit the website at www.SoutheastAircraftExpo.com for additional information.

 

B-17 "Movie Memphis Bell" to visit Airport for 2010 Coca-Cola 600 week

Thursday, April 29, 2010

 

Several vintage aircraft will be participating in part of this years Coca-Cola 600 "Let Freedom Race" Pre-Race Show. One of those aircraft will be the WWII Vintage Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress featured in the movie the "Memphis Bell".

This B-17F, will arrive at the Concord Regional Airport a few days prior to the Coca-Cola 600 race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. They have told airport officials that they are willing to provide ground tours of the aircraft in the afternoon on Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday (May 26 -28th) before the race. As a non-profit, they are requesting a $5 donation per person for the ground tour. There will be a small discount for families.

The aircraft will be positioned near the airport terminal building (9000 Aviation Blvd., Concord, NC 28927) when tours are available. The public will also be able to watch the aircraft from a viewing area during practice flights they plan to do over the weekend.

 

T-28 Formation Flying Training Clinic back at Concord Regional Airport April 9th-12th, 2010

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

 

The Concord area is in for a treat again this April as several historic T-28 aircraft will be back taking to the skies as part of a formation flying clinic over the April 9th-12th weekend at the Concord Regional Airport.

The T-28 aircraft flying here are members of the North American Trainers Association (NATA), which is conducting the Formation Flight and Safety Training clinic. Two of the aircraft participating “Charlie” models “092” and “666” are based right here at Concord Regional Airport. The rest of the aircraft will be flying in from all over the country and from Canada. Around 30 of the aircraft are expected to particapate in this clinic.

The T-28 is a crowd pleasing large, fast and loud warbird with a 1425 HP radial engine. These warbirds have a commanding presence on the ramp and generate excitement in the air. The T-28 has a top speed of 343 knots and cruises at speeds from 180 - 250 knots.

The North American T-28 was both and Air Force and Navy trainer used from 1950 until 1984. It was built in 3 versions, A, B, and C. The A model with an 800 HP engine was used by the US Air Force from 1950 to 1956 as a trainer and various other roles, and it replaced the Mustang fighter in reserve units. In 1952, the U.S. Navy contracted with NAA to build a B model version with a 1425 HP engine and other improvements. In addition to the B, the T-28C equipped with a tail hook and smaller diameter prop was also built for the Navy for carrier landings. In 1959, several hundred A models were shipped to France to be modified with the larger R-1820 engine and armament to be used in combat in Algeria. These aircraft were designated as T-28F or Fennec. The U.S. also modified A, B and C models into the T-28D to be used in combat in southeast Asia in the 60’s and 70’s, including Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. Ordinance included two 50 cal machine guns, fragmentation bombs and rockets.

Although the T-28 Formation Flying and Safety Clinic is officially a private event , the City of Concord will allow the general public the opportunity to view these aircraft from a distance as they start up and taxi to take off from the airport. A viewing area will be set up, most likely in a grass area adjacent to the Concord Regional Airport terminal building.

For additional information, please contact Susan Green at (704) 920-5900 or by email at greens@ci.concord.nc.us

 

Concord Regional Airport FBO Operations Recognized by NATA Safety First

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

 

 The NATA has recognized the Concord Regional Airport's Fixed Base Operation (FBO) for its commitment to safety by certifying that all 21 line service employees have completed and passed the NATA Safety 1st Line Service Training Program.

The NATA Safety 1st Program is recognized nationally as one of the best safety programs for FBO operations.  The program consists of several modules focusing on areas such as aircraft fueling operations, safety practices, ground support equipment, and customer service.

Concord Regional Airport is committed to Safety in all areas of our operations and is pleased to be recognized by NATA for our efforts.

 

Cast your vote for JQF in the Fltplan.com Pilots' Choice Awards

Tuesday, March 09, 2010


 

If you have experienced our first class facilities and customer service at Concord Regional Airport, please let others know about it. One way is participating in industry surveys like AIN, AirNav, or Fltplan.com.

Fltplan.com's voting has already started, but there's still time to vote for Concord Regional Airport in the FltPlan.com Pilots' Choice Awards. Go online to www.FltPlan.com between now and March 31st to make your voice heard.

Give recognition to your favorites in such categories as Best FBO, Best Tower location, Best ATC Center and more. 


Winners should be announced in April.

 

Airport Tenant Hendrick Motorsports Helping with Haiti Relief Efforts

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Airport Tenant Hendrick Motorsports Helping with Haiti Relief Efforts

CONCORD, N.C. – Rick Hendrick didn't have a moment of hesitation when it came to finding a way to aid the Haitian earthquake relief efforts.

His wife and daughter had made a mission trip years earlier to the impoverished nation, giving the Hendrick family insight into the serious level of needs in Haiti.

More important, though, is that they understand feelings of hopelessness.

The NASCAR team owner lost his son, brother, twin nieces and several key employees in a 2004 plane crash. Several hours passed between the time the plane was reported missing and finally found, and recovery was made difficult because of the remote Virginia crash site.

"I guess because in a really nasty, sad way, I know what's it like to have your family on the side of a mountain and you can't get to them," Hendrick said Wednesday. "If everybody could be standing there looking at the people in Haiti, see the children, immediately I thought that if my house was crumbled and I had family stuck in there, I'd want anyone who could possibly help to help.

"I know what it's like to feel helpless."

Hendrick last week loaned one 45-passenger plane and an eight-person crew to an organization that is making mission flights into Haiti, but because of the desperate need in Haiti, the team has since made available a second Hendrick Motorsports airplane.

In all, 10 members of the Hendrick aviation team are volunteering with Missionary Flights International to take both planes in and out of Port-au-Prince on daily flights. They are able to track the trips online, and Hendrick general manager Marshall Carlson on Monday noticed that one of the planes had not left Haiti as scheduled.

Carlson said he tried to reach HMS aviation director Dave Dudley in Haiti, and received a text back: "Leaving Haiti with 26 orphans should be departing in 30 minutes," Dudley wrote.

The children, Carlson later learned, had been adopted by American families before the earthquake struck and had been in the red-tape process of waiting for paperwork to be finalized before they could meet their new families. The process was expedited after the earthquake, but the children still needed transport out of Haiti.

"Those are the situations they are encountering every day, a new need pops up and a new way we can help," said Carlson, who is also Hendrick's son-in-law. "It's just very, very moving to hear these stories and see pictures of children being carried off the plane to their waiting families. Anything we can do to help, because it's needed."

The children were brought to Fort Pierce, Fla. to join their new families.

The two HMS planes are committed to daily trips through January, and Hendrick will allow them to be used beyond that for scheduled flights that coordinate with the race team travel. The planes are typically used to take his teams to and from events, and the season begins early next month.

Hendrick, who made a similar gesture after Hurricane Katrina, is covering the cost of all flights, which have primarily been used to take supplies and support teams into Port-au-Prince. But since news of his effort went public last Friday, they've received numerous requests for help from strangers.

Carlson said the team was contacted by a Haitian schoolteacher who had arrived in North Carolina for her first vacation in 14 years the day before the earthquake, and she was able to return home on one of the flights. Help was also given to a NASCAR employee who needed help getting the body of a family friend back to the U.S.

A woman who read about the flights contacted Carlson to ask if there was anything he could do to help get aid to 150 kids in a remote orphanage that had yet to be reached by rescuers. Carlson was able to pass the information to the HMS crew, and Missionary Flights was able to coordinate with another group that was able to reach the location.

"I've got all these pictures and notes, all these U.S. citizens who have sent letters and e-mails that they were trapped and wouldn't have made it another two or three days if we hadn't gotten them out," Hendrick said. "We delivered some surgeons and before our plane made it back to the U.S., they were operating in the street.

"You can't even comprehend some of the stories we are hearing."

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CRA's AVIS Rental Car Location Reconized Regionally for Sales Volume!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

 

The Avis Budget group announced on January 19, 2010 that Concord Regional Airport Corporate Agency Operator Delana Dawson was named the #1 agency location based on volume for the Southeast Region.

 

“I contribute it to my loyal Avis team members and our loyal client base. I look forward to many more successful years.” said Mrs. Dawson when told of this recognition. CRA Avis team members include: James Smith, Laura Bailes, Coty Caudill, and John Solari and have a combined 15 years of experience at the Concord Regional Airport.  Dawson also expressed her thanks for all the support from the Concord City employees, the Concord Regional Airport Management team and clients.

 

Avis is the only on-airport rental car agency serving the Concord Regional Airport. The Agency is also open to the public and serves many businesses near the airport and speedway area and as far as some business locations in Moorsville, NC.

 

Members of the General Aviation community getting involved in the relief efforts in Haiti!

Monday, January 18, 2010

 

 

Bahamas Habitat (not affiliated with Habitat for Humanity) is a mission organization led by John Armstrong, our Diamond representative in the Virginia/Maryland territory. Diamond is also located at the Concord Regional Airport.

 

Bahamas Habitat is US-based nonprofit organization has historically provided housing and disaster relief work in the Bahamas.  Many of its volunteers are pilots who provide both their time and aircraft for relief missions. That experience flying missions to the Bahamas makes the organization uniquely qualified to provide similar missions to Haiti – and its efforts are in motion now.

 
Bahamas Habitat has set up a base of operation on Inagua in the Southern Bahamas, and from there it has been delivering medical supplies and evacuating people. They are using the airports at Cap Haitien and Les Cayes, north and west of Port-Au-Prince, which big aircraft cannot serve.
 

So far the flight missions have involved everything from Cessna 182’s, Bonanzas, Barons, and Aztecs to a Cessna 340’s and a Caravan. Volunteers that have twin engine aircraft and high performance singles are needed to join in the mission. The organization asks pilots with aircraft that are able to volunteer to do so online by going to http://www.bahamashabitat.org. Organizations with medical and other supplies to donate should email: .

 

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Concord Regional Airport hosts monthly satellite office for 12th district U.S. Congressman Mel Watt

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

 

As the Concord Regional Airport is located in the 12 Congressional District, we have the privalage of hosting the district's monthly Cabarrus County Satellite office on the fourth monday of each month.  

Adam Hall, District Liaison for Congressman Mel Watt's office, will be at the Concord Regional Airport from 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM each month and available to speak with anyone in the 12th Congressional District with a concern, comment, or request for Congressman Watt. No appointments are necessary.

The next opportunity to meet with Mr. Hall at the airport will be on January 25th, 2010.

For additional information or to reach Mr. Hall in advance please call 704-344-9950

The 12th Congressional District website can be found at http://watt.house.gov/

 

 

Plane Joe Flight School offering Instrument Flight (IFR) Training Ground School Course

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Plane Joe Flight School offering Instrument Flight (IFR) Training Ground School Course

Plane Joe Flight School is offering a 12 week Comprehensive Instrument Ground School and Refresher Course for pilots beginning on January 25th, 2010.

Ground School classes will be held in the Hangar "A" Training room at the Concord Regional Airport (above City Fire Station #6) on monday nights beginning at 6:30 PM. 

Please contact Joe Killough at 704-535-0743 for further information.

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Concord Regional Airport Participates in Toy Drive

Monday, November 23, 2009

Concord Regional Airport is participating this year with the Salvation Army's "Angel Tree" program. The Angel Tree program provides new clothing and toys for children of families in need in our community. 

A collection box has been placed in the Airport Terminal Building Lobby through December 13th, 2009 for new unwrapped toys or clothing for a child 14 years old and under. 

We invite employees, tenants, customers, and the public to help make a child's Christmas this year by dropping in an item by December 13th, 2009.

 

 

October 2009 Race Week at Concord Regional Airport

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

October 2009 Race Week at Concord Regional Airport

Its that exciting time of year again at the Concord Regional Airport. The Fall NASCAR races are at the Lowes Motor Speedway this week, including Race#5 of the Chase for the Sprint Cup Saturday night.

Our staff is ready and prepared for the visitors and fans flying in to attend the races and other events in our area. This year we have additional aircraft ramp space available and we are participating with the NASCAR Nationwide Series in promoting the series and Friday night's Dollar General 300 race. Nationwide Series banners have been placed on the side of the terminal building, the series logos is on the aircraft apron, and blue Nationwide Series banners have been placed along the airport entrance road. Several of the series drivers will come through the airport this week. The events started on Tuesday with the press conference at the Roush Fenway racing headquarters, located at the airport entrance, announcing Ford will be racing the Ford Mustang car in the Nationwide series next year. 

For those flying in, please let us know what services you may need. Our FBO Customer Service Specialists can be reached 24/7 at 704-920-5900.

Ground shuttle bus and helicopter air transportation will again be available. We have been advised that continous ground shuttles will be running starting at 2PM on both race days for a round trip cost of $30 per person. Contact Shuttle's Specialty directly at (704) 598-3644 for addtional info. 

Follow the attached link to the Lowes Motor Speedway website for tickets and event schedules.

 

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Dr. Nicholson Appreciation and Sendoff - Sept 30th @ 11 AM

Thursday, September 17, 2009

 

Longtime tenant and fixture at the Concord Regional Airport, Dr. Charles Nicholson will be closing his office at the end of the month after almost 15 years at the airport. He will be moving to the High Point, NC area to be closer to relatives and family.  He will be truly missed at CRA.

We will be holding an appreciation and sendoff event in the airport terminal lobby on September 30th, 2009 from 10 AM to 12 PM for him and his son Michael and invite former customers, tenants, friends, and the airport and aviation community to stop in and say hello, thank him for his dedication, or wish him well on the new chapter in his life.  

 

 

 

 

Concord Regional Airport Control Tower Recognized Nationally

Friday, September 11, 2009

 

 

 

 

The tower personnel at the Concord Regional Airport were recently recognized as one of the top airport control towers in customer service, safety, courteousness, and community involvement out of almost 250 current contract airport control towers operating in the United States.

The Willie F. Card Federal Aviation Administration Contract Tower Service Award is presented annually to the FAA federal contract tower that most closely mirrors the vision of what the contract tower program exemplifies. This vision embodied providing excellent air traffic control services, both from a safety and customer service perspective, to all stakeholders in the local aviation community, with a professional and courteous attitude. Concord Regional Airport’s tower was one of the finalists for the award:

Concord (N.C.) Regional Airport --- The CRA tower, which is operated by Robinson Aviation (RVA), is staffed by a highly experienced group of controllers with an average of nearly 30 years per controller. Tower Manager Ken Johnson is active on the airport’s Safety Management System (SMS) Committee, participates in safety conferences, and is involved with school tours and other mentoring programs. Members of his staff also participate in customer service activities at the airport and value their role as the first point of contract to first-time pilot visitors. As one of the busiest airports in North Carolina, CRA is known as the base hub for the NASCAR motorsports air force. That means that for more than 30 weeks each year, many of the race teams use the airport to transport crews to and from races around the country. One letter of support for Concord’s nomination for the Willie F. Card award came from Joe Gibbs Racing Inc., which said that the tower personnel "get to know the users and anticipate their needs many times without the customer making the specific request." In addition to the NASCAR activity, the staff has dealt with major construction activity, including a runway extension and taxiway widening. The controllers handle a wide mix of traffic, including a large volume of helicopter traffic. They also handle significant flight training activity. From the time the tower became a contract facility in 2001, it has had no operational errors.

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NHRA Carolina Nationals in Concord, September 17-20, 2009

Friday, September 04, 2009

 

For the first time in NHRA history, modern Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars will race four-lanes, four-wide, unleashing a powerful assault of 28,000 horsepower on spectacular zMAX Dragway in Concord, NC.

In what is sure to be a must-see demonstration of the ultimate in high-horsepower performance, four NHRA Top Fuel dragsters and four NHRA Funny Cars will race in a four-wide configuration during separate races in a special exhibition event just prior to the final round of the NHRA Carolinas Nationals, on Sunday, Sept. 20.

Today's modern Top Fuel dragsters cover the 1,000-foot race distance in 3.8 seconds at more than 315 mph. Funny Cars travel the same distance in 4.0 seconds at 310 mph.

"With Bruton Smith's state-of-the-art zMAX Dragway, which features four lanes for competition, we have an opportunity to offer this incredible attraction to our fans," said Tom Compton, president, NHRA. "It will be the first time that fans can witness modern Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars running four-wide. With 28,000 horsepower it certainly will be a memorable spectacle to see."

Concord Regional Airport is less than 3 miles away from the zMAX Dragway, and we are excited and prepared to host drivers and fans flying in for the race weekend. Please call and let us know how we can assist your visit to our area.

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World War II B-17 Bomber "Liberty Bell" to visit Concord August 29-30, 2009

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

World War II B-17 Bomber

The Liberty Foundation’s fully restored Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress “Liberty Belle” is making a return visit to Concord Regional Airport over the August 29th, 2009 weekend. This aircraft is one of just a handful of WWII Aircraft still flying.

 

As they did the last time they were here they are offering ground tours and rides on this amazing aircraft.  The B-17 “Liberty Belle” provides passengers an opportunity to take a step back-in-time and gain respect for the men and women who gave so much to protect our freedoms. Flight participants receive a historical briefing about the significance of the B-17 then take to the air for a scenic tour around the local area. The total flight experience takes 45 minutes with half hour of flight time.

 

The cost is $430.00 per passenger, for a historic time travel back to WWII.

If you do not care to take a flight, the public is welcome to come out to watch the Liberty Belle fly and take a ground tour.

 

The Liberty Foundation relies solely on donations and contributions to help defray the B-17’s high operational expense and maintenance costs. Public support helps keep this spectacular aircraft flying.

 

For donations received of $500 or more, a random WWII veteran will be selected on tour and flown in the B-17 on behalf of the donor!


For reservations or information call (918) 340-0243 or visit their website at http://www.libertyfoundation.org/index.html

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Concord Regional Airport Hosts Wildlife Seminar on Managing Hazardous Wildlife On or Near Airports

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Concord Regional Airport Hosts Wildlife Seminar on Managing Hazardous Wildlife On or Near Airports

With the recent USAIRWAYS accident in the NY Hudson river and renewed focus on the dangers of birds strikes to aircraft,  Concord Regional Airport has hosted a Wildlife Seminar on June 24th about managing hazardous wildlife on or near airports.

 

NCDOT - Aviation, USDA APHIS WS Training Instructors, and Wildlife Biologists put on the seminar that was attended by several employees at airports in the surrounding area including Concord Regional and Charlotte Douglas International Airports.

 

The seminar informed participants about the dangers of wildlife (including birds and deer) are to aircraft operations. Participants were instructed on how to identify certain species of wildlife, report hazards, and ways to mitigate dangers to aircraft. Participants were given hands on training on the use of wildlife scare techniques and tactics to entice wildlife to leave the area. USDA APHIS also spoke about its program that will assist airports by conducting a wildlife hazard assessment at any public facility in the State.

 

The City of Concord has been proactive with regard to wildlife issues at the Concord Regional Airport and was one of the first airports in the State to have a wildlife assessment conducted at our airport. It identified numerous species of wildlife and nearby habitats that attract wildlife. In response to that assessment, the Airport developed a plan and has incorporated several of the recommendations on reducing these hazards. 
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Concord Regional Airport Welcomes Race Fans and Visitors

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

May is always an exciting and busy month at Concord Regional Airport.  With all the NASCAR racing activity at the Lowes Motor Speedway three miles away, the airport will see a change is its normal aircraft traffic.  The Airport usually welcomes hundreds of visitors during the race weeks including flight crews, race fans, corporate sponsors, celebrities, dignitaries, and several race teams coming to see and participate in these exciting events.  In addition, we will be hosting many of the military demonstration, helicopter shuttles, and banner towing operations that will be occurring at the Speedway.
 
This year the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race will run on Saturday night May 16th  and the 50th running of the Coca-Cola 600 Race, which is the longest race of the season, will run Sunday evening May 24, 2009.  In between several other events will occur including the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge on Thursday night May 14th, the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 Truck series race on Friday May 15th after All-Star Qualifying, the Outlaw Showdown at the Dirt Track on Friday May 22nd, and the Car Quest Auto Parts 300 Nationwide Series Race on Saturday, May 23rd.
 
In addition there are many other events going on around the area that include NASCAR driver appearances including  Food Lion Speed Street in Uptown Charlotte May 21st through May 23rd,  a tribute to former Nascar driver and this years Coca-Cola 600 Grand Marshall  Bobby Allison  in Historic Downtown Concord on Friday May 22nd, from 3 PM to 7 PM, and Fan Day and Roush Fenway Racing headquarters adjacent to the Concord Regional Airport entrance on May 21st and May 22nd featuring autograph sessions with all Roush Fenway Drivers on May 21st from 10 AM to 1 PM.  
 
Our experienced airport and FBO staff are prepared and ready for the increased traffic, especially on the day of the race.  Additional aircraft greeters will be directing aircraft to parking areas and shuttle vans will pick crews and passengers up at their aircraft and transport them to the airport terminal building where ground transportation or helicopter shuttle service coordinators are located.  
 
Again this year, Shuttles will be providing transportation to and from the Airport to the Speedway for both Sprint Cup races and the Nationwide Series race.  The cost to avoid the hassles driving through the traffic and parking will be $30 for the round trip in a comfortable air conditioned van or bus that picks up and drops off right in front of the Speedway.  Discounts will be offered for larger groups that make advanced reservations with Shuttles.  Shuttles will have a representative and buses waiting at the Airport for the Coca-Cola 600.  For the other two races customers or the airport customer service desk can call for the pickup at (704) 598-3644.  
 

For those customers flying in, please let us know of any special service requests or accommodations you need by filling out an on-line service request or calling our FBO customer service desk at (704)-920-5900. We will do all we can to assist you.  Remember to ask about our volume fuel discounts!

 

Aviation Director Richard Lewis Elected President of North Carolina Airport Association

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

 At the 2009 North Carolina Airports Association (NCAA) annual conference, the City of Concord's Aviation Director Richard K. Lewis was elected as the next President of the association that represents 72 publicly owned and operated airports in the state.  Mr. Lewis will begin this role on July 1, 2009 and serve a one year term. He has spent the current year in the Vice President role and had the responsibility among other duties to head up the association's Annual Convention which was held in Concord April 29th to May 1st. He has been actively involved in the association for almost 10 years and is known for his passion for the industry and for his advocacy for general aviation airports.  In 2005 he received the NCAA Presidents Award for those efforts including his work in organizing the Piedmont chapter of the association which brought together employees at airports within 50 miles of Concord Regional for regional meetings to discuss safety, regulatory, and other issues that affect airports.

 

Concord Regional Airport Hosts 30th Annual North Carolina Airports Association Conference

Monday, May 04, 2009

 

The City of Concord and the Concord Regional Airport were proud to host the 30th Annual North Carolina Airports Conference which was held on April 29th through May 1st, 2009 at the Embassy Suites Convention Center in Concord, NC.

 
This was the first year this conference was held in Concord. The conference brings together leaders in the aviation community in North Carolina as well as many airport staff members, consultants, vendors, and State and Federal officials to network, discuss the condition of the industry, the needs of the airports in the State and how we can collectively work together to keep the North Carolina airports and aviation on the leading edge.
 
The theme of this years conference was "Are you ready?" and was focused on preparing North Carolina airports to meet current and future changes effecting the aviation industry.
 
The Conference was kicked off by the City of Concord Fire and Life Safety Color Guard and included a welcome by the Mayor of Concord, Scott Padgett, a motivational session by Phillip Van Hoosier, and a keynote speech by author and recent Order of the Long Leaf Pine recipient, Bill Thompson. There were several sessions on many different topics from greening of airports to safety management programs as well as annual updates from FAA and NCDOT officials. This year’s conference also included a record number of exhibitors. 
 

The Association also awarded its annual Bruce E. Matthews to Scholarship to NC State student Amanda Matthews.

 

Concord Regional Airport Participating in OPERATION FLY NC

Friday, April 24, 2009

 

 

OperationFlyNC.com was recently developed to promote flight proficiency, tourism, education, and pilot safety in North Carolina.  It encourages participants to visit our airports and aviation museums in the State as well as attend safety seminars given by the FAA's FAAST Program held on different topics at various airports throughout the year. One of those seminars will be held right here in Concord on May 2nd.

Pilot's who participate are rewarded when reaching certain goals. The pilot begins with obtaining a booklet that has a box for each airport involved in the program. At each airport visited, the pilot gets a stamp for visiting that location. The process is similar for each museum visited. When enough airports and  museums are visited and safety seminars attended, the pilot submits the booklet to claim the reward.

A stamp for the Concord Regional Airport is located inside the airport terminal building at the City of Concord fixed base operation's customer service counter.

 

City of Concord and Concord Regional Airport helping out with Community Food Drive April 18th - 25th

Monday, April 20, 2009

With the downturn in the economy there are a number of local needy families out there needing assistance. Due to the need, many food banks inventories are at all time lows. In response, The City of Concord is working closely with many community volunteers to make the Day of Service 2009 food drive with Secord Harvest Food Bank a success.

Collection barrels are located in the lobby of the City Municipal Building, Police Station, Brown Operations Center, terminal building at Concord Regional Airport and at all City of Concord Fire Stations.

On April 25th, all food collected will be taken to Roush Fenway Racing for sorting and distribution to local food banks.

If you are able, please participate this week only by dropping off non-perishable food item such as caned fruits and vegetables and peanut butter. Other non-food items like detergent, shampoo, and baby diapers are also items that are in great demand. Please do not drop off items in glass containers, baby formula or baby food, or any food condiments.

 

Paramount Flight Services to host Wings Fly-in at the airport on Saturday May 2nd.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

 

 

JQF WINGS "FLY-IN"

 

This all day fly-in event (8:30 AM to 7:00 PM) is hosted by Paramount Flight Services at their hangar and offices at the Concord Regional Airport (9301 Aviation Blvd., Suite CE-3, Concord, NC)

The fly-in is filled with many different types of events and activities. One of the featured events will be Mark Grady holding a AOPA Air Safety Foundation seminar on "GPS from the Ground up" from 10 AM to 12 PM. There will also be other seminars, flight training opportunities, a lunch, reception, and evening party.

Registration for the event is done online at the FAAST website: www.faasafety.gov

 

 

T-28 Formation Flying Training Clinic at Concord Regional Airport April 13 - 18, 2009

Monday, April 06, 2009

 

The Concord area is in for a treat next week as several historic T-28 aircraft will be taking to the skies as part of a formation flying clinic that begins Monday April 13th at the Concord Regional Airport.  

The T-28 aircraft flying here are members of the North American Trainers Association (NATA), which is conducting the Formation Flight and Safety Training clinic. Two of the aircraft participating “Charlie” models “092” and “666” are based right here at Concord Regional Airport.  The rest of the aircraft will be flying in from all over the country and from Canada. Around 30 of the aircraft are expected to particapate in this clinic.

The T-28 is a crowd pleasing large, fast and loud warbird with a 1425 HP radial engine. These warbirds have a commanding presence on the ramp and generate excitement in the air.  The T-28 has a top speed of 343 knots and cruises at speeds from 180 - 250 knots.

The North American T-28 was both and Air Force and Navy trainer used from 1950 until 1984. It was built in 3 versions, A, B, and C. The A model with an 800 HP engine was used by the US Air Force from 1950 to 1956 as a trainer and various other roles, and it replaced the Mustang fighter in reserve units. In 1952, the U.S. Navy contracted with NAA to build a B model version with a 1425 HP engine and other improvements. In addition to the B, the T-28C equipped with a tail hook and smaller diameter prop was also built for the Navy for carrier landings. In 1959, several hundred A models were shipped to France to be modified with the larger R-1820 engine and armament to be used in combat in Algeria. These aircraft were designated as T-28F or Fennec. The U.S. also modified A, B and C models into the T-28D to be used in combat in southeast Asia in the 60’s and 70’s, including Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. Ordinance included two 50 cal machine guns, fragmentation bombs and rockets. 

Although the T-28 Formation Flying and Safety Clinic is a private event for the NATA, the City of Concord will allow the general public the opportunity to view these aircraft from a distance as they start up and taxi to take off from the airport. A viewing area and a shade tent will be set up in the grass adjacent to the Concord Regional Airport terminal building.  For additional information, please contact Susan Green at (704) 920-5900 or by email at

 

Concord Regional Airport hosts monthly satellite office for 12th district U.S. Congressman Mel Watt

Monday, March 30, 2009

As the Concord Regional Airport is located in the 12 Congressional District, we have the privalage of hosting the district's monthly Cabarrus County Satellite office on the fourth monday of each month.  

Eric Love, District Liaison for Congressman Mel Watt's office, is at the Concord Regional Airport from 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM each month and available to speak with anyone in the 12th Congressional District with a concern, comment, or request for Congressman Watt. No appointments are necessary.

The next opportunity to meet with Mr. Love at the airport will be on April 27th, 2009.

For additional information or to reach Eric Love in advance, contact (704) 344-9950.

 

Wireless Internet Service Upgraded in the Airport Terminal Building

Thursday, March 19, 2009

 

 

 

 

 

The Concord Regional Airport  has upgraded the service provided to the wireless users in the Airport Terminal Building. Users can now download up to twice as fast as was previously available. Download speeds are now 3.0 Mbps and upload speed is 384 Kbps the fastest that is available until windstream upgrades its infrastructure near the airport.  As always the wireless access is provided free to our customers with coverage the terminal lobby, pilot lounge, and airport conference room.

 

Concord Regional Airport Selects Noverant for Safety Management System Implementation

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Raleigh, NC - Noverant, Inc., an information, training and compliance management service provider, was selected by the City of Concord, NC to deploy and monitor all training for Concord Regional Airport (CRA), a major general aviation center serving the southeastern United States. In addition to training administration, CRA will also use Noverant in the deployment and implementation of its new Safety Management System recently required by the FAA.

"With the amount of training necessary and the recordkeeping required by the FAA", stated John Stoen, President of Aviation Safety Consulting, a consultant for CRA, "Noverant was the only service provider we could recommend. We can now put our emphasis on training and safety management rather than worrying about record keeping."NovLogo

The Noverant solution being utilized by CRA is a secure web-based service originally developed for the highly-regulated pharmaceutical industry. After a major investment in 2006, Noverant expanded its expertise to other industries and has moved successfully into the aviation market in the past three years. Noverant's aviation clients include air charter operators, fixed base operators (FBOs) and fueling personnel, flight training operations as well as airport authorities.

"We're proud of being selected by Concord", relayed , Director of Marketing for Noverant; "Using Noverant Online to address FAA training and reporting requirements further validates the confidence the FAA, TSA, FDA and other government agencies have shown in Noverant. We are the only truly compliant web-based training and document management solution available in the aviation market. The fact that Concord Regional was the initial general aviation airport of 22 selected to participate in the FAA Pilot Study Program for Safety Management Systems demonstrates it is very well respected and an industry leader. Concord's selection of Noverant to satisfy the reporting requirements of the program and assist in FAA audits is a testament to Noverant's value-add and our proven ability to get the job done."

Concord Regional Airport is owned and operated by the City of Concord and is considered the hub of NASCAR Aviation. It is located in the heart of the highest growth corridor in North Carolina and offers convenient access to Lowes Motor Speedway and the Charlotte metropolitan area.

 

D.C. Metropolitan Area Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA) Now In Place

Monday, February 23, 2009

NOTICE TO PILOTS FLYING TO, NEAR, OR THROUGH THE WASHINGTON DC. AREA. NEW REGULATIONS WENT INTO EFFECT FEBRUARY 2009 THAT DESIGNATE A NEW SPECIAL FLIGHT RULES AREA (formerly known as ADIZ) AND INCLUDE NEW TRAINING REQUIREMENTS.

AOPA is advising and reminding all pilots flying within 60 nautical miles of the Washington D.C. VOR that they need to have completed the FAA's Navigating the ADIZ/SFRA online course and optain a course completion certificate. Information on the course can be found at www.faasafety.gov or visiting www.aopa.org/adizfaa

 

Chef Jeff & Co. Provides Samples to Airport Customers

Friday, February 20, 2009

 

Chef Jeff & Co. is one of the newest companies to offer inflight catering services to aviation customers at the Concord Regional Aiport.  Their staff was out at the airport treating employees and airport customers to lunch samples on Thursday, February 19th as a way to meet and introduce their catering products to potential customers.

Chef Jeff & Co. is a local Cabarrus County company located less than 10 miles from the Concord Regional Airport. They have a website specifically for airport catering orders it can be found at the following web address:www.chefjeffco.com/jetintro.htm

The company provides more than just aviation catering. They have a carry home dinner store offering a variety of very tasty meal items and entrees. 

 

Volume Discount Program Enhanced to Provide Additional Savings to CRA Customers

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Concord Regional Airport Aviation Director recently approved a new volume discount fuel purchase program that all customers can take advantage of to increase their savings on aviation fuel purchases.

Two additional volume tiers have been added for Avgas to increase savings up to .25 off per gallon and it becomes easier to receive a discount with some tier level lowered.

For Jet "A" fuel purchases, customers can now save up to $.30 off per gallon and fuel purchase tier levels have been lowered as well to make it easier to obtain a fuel discount.

Also, in appreciation of our based aircraft customers, we have raised the based customer fuel discount by an additional $.10 per gallon. 

We hope many of our customers will take advantage of these savings in their flight planning activities and realize that we are here to exceed your expectations and make Concord Regional Airport the airport destination for the Charlotte Region.

For additional information on the new volume discount program, please speak to one of our Customer Service Specialists in the terminal lobby or call them at (704) 920-5900.

 

 

City Council approves Tobacco Policy

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The City of Concord City Council passed a Tobacco Policy this month that generally follows the recently enacted Cabarrus County Health Alliance regulation on tobacco products for local government buildings in Cabarrus County. 

According to the new Tobacco Policy, all tobacco use is prohibited in all City of Concord buildings as well as near building entrances, exits, and air intake vents as defined by the North Carolina State Building Code.

The Airport Terminal Building has always been a non-smoking facility. This new policy extends the non-smoking (tobacco use restriction) requirements to all hangars and other buildings on the airport that are owned by the City on the airport. This includes leased hangars, hangars-in-common, all offices, and T-hangars.

The Aviation Department will be posting signs at many of these locations and appreciate our customers cooperation with this policy.

 

Article: No Shame in Bizjets

Monday, February 09, 2009

 

By Christopher R. Crum

The Reuters headline read, "Chastised Citigroup Grounds Plan for New Plane" on Jan. 27. You could feel the indignation and hear the tongues clucking across the country. I wonder if any of those so offended actually read the part that said, "The bank said the new plane would cut its costs and that it was financing the purchase by selling older jets." It seems that, thanks primarily to our top auto executives, the mention of an airplane causes everyone to ignore sound business principles. Of course, the media is only repeating what has recently become politically correct to espouse - using business aircraft is shameful. It would be humorous if it weren't so incredibly contrary to what is required to get us out of this economic mess, and just PLANE inaccurate.

In his inaugural address, President Obama told the world that we will not apologize for our prosperity. That prosperity is owed to the success of our capitalist system. Without apologies, the business aircraft is nothing more or less than a powerful "capitalist tool." This is a capitalist society, and the airplane a tool, a resource, a form of transportation. It provides many benefits for its users: safety, security, convenience, and, sometimes luxury. But most of all the business jet is a time machine that enables people to be in more places, and to get more accomplished in a shorter period of time. In business, where time and money are crucial - and often synonymous - it has unquestionable value. To disregard this fact, whether through ignorance or political correctness, forfeits our potential efficiency and a competitive edge that is desperately needed right now. We cannot afford it.

And speaking of affording it, yes, business jets are expensive. So are robotized assembly lines, oil-drilling platforms, and medical equipment. Like airplanes, these are all assets that require significant investment and greatly improve the performance of a task. But, are there ways other than business aircraft to get from point A to point B? Well, in the case of many areas, the answer is no. The United States has 20,000 airports, but fewer than 500 are served by commercial airlines. And, because the trip is often from A to B to C to D and back to A in a single day -- this itinerary cannot be achieved by other transportation. It is here that the value of time gives the bizjet an economic advantage.

Now, let's talk about the business aircraft industry. Not only are its products an indispensable efficiency tool for American industry, but it also provides significant innovation, exports and jobs. This industry contributes more than $150 billion to our economy. It supports 1,265,000 jobs and is among the few U.S. industries that consistently provides positive net export dollars. Yet, Washington tries to forbid loan recipients from even using business jets and the media offers almost daily attack articles like the one whose headline begins my discussion. Why should the legitimate capital expenditure to purchase a business jet be any less desirable for our economy than that of a locomotive, or ship, or airliner? It should not. And, by the way, for the past few years, most business jets have been sold outside of the United States where people are recognizing the competitive advantages of this resource.

Let us not allow the inept performance of a few executives in the automotive and financial industries to dictate the reputation and use of one of technology's finest contributions. We shouldn't allow misinformation to prevent us from using a resource that exemplifies efficiency. These aircraft can be effectively used by big business - and also by small businesses, ministers, athletes, artists and yes, even politicians. We should not be ashamed of owning, leasing or chartering a business aircraft. We should eagerly support an industry that contributes to our economy in so many ways. The financially responsible use of this "time machine" improves business performance, sustains/creates jobs, and contributes greatly to international exports. Isn't that exactly what we need to get our economy moving again? Shouldn't that make us proud? Shouldn't we stand up and let everyone know it?

I certainly will.

Christopher R. Crum

ccrum@sextantadvisory.com

Christopher "Chris" Crum is former President and CEO of Abu Dhabi, UAE-based Royal Jet Group, and is a founder of the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based aviation professional services firm Sextant Advisory.

 

Concord Regional Airport Hosts Helicopter Safety Summit

Friday, January 30, 2009

 

On January 28th, 2009, NCDOT along with FAA Safety Team held a Helicopter Safety Summit at the Concord Regional Airport.  The event was very well attended. 

In addition from hearing from Federal and State avaition officials, several other experienced helicotper professionals spoke on topics ranging from off airport landings and takoffs to special operations in and under Class B airspace. After the initial opening sessions, attendees could choose which topic that they wanted to learn more about.

The Concord Regional Airport was happy to host the event and will continue to do so in the future. Please check the FAAST website up other upcoming safety meetings and events held at the airport.

 

Airport Office Annex Now Open!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

In response to demand for office space from customers at the Concord Regional Airport, the City of Concord has leased a six office modular unit which it is now making available to companies or individuals who need an office at the airport.  The office unit is expected to remain in place until the airport terminal building is expanded in the near future. The terminal expansion will add an additional 10,000 SF to the terminal building and will include a significant increase in leasable office space.


Already, three of the modular unit offices have been leased.  Two remaining offices are 11 x 12 in size and will initially lease for $202 per month. The one smaller available office is 10 x 12 has a view of the airfield and will initially lease for $160 per month.


As office space goes extremely quickly at the airport, if your business has an immediate need for an office at the Concord Regional Airport, please contact Susan Green at 704-920-5915 before this opportunity to have airport office is gone.

 

Airport Featured in Sunday's Charlotte Observer's "Neighbors North" Section

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

 

Kevin Cary with The Charlotte Observer has written an article that features the Concord Regional Airport and its role, impact, and importance to the region.  The article talks about the economic impact of the airport and its importance to the NASCAR industry as well as a listing of upcoming airport projects.  The article can be found in the January 11, 2008 issue of the Charlotte Observer or Click here for a scaned view of the article.

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Airport Express "Concord Airport to Charlotte Airport" Service offered to Customers

Friday, January 09, 2009

 

In reponse to a frequent need by pilots to get reliable and affordable transportation to Charlotte's (CLT) Airport, Uptown Sedan Service is offering a new Airport Express service for Concord Regional Airport Customers who need to get to the Charlotte Douglas International Airport and have some time flexibility.

For a cost of only $30 (well less than a taxicab ride) this share a ride service will take you door to door, any time you need it 24 / 7.  Additional passengers are only $15 per person. 

Advance reservations are required and can be made M-F 7am to 7pm by calling 704-614-4110 or on-line at www.uptownsedan.com

 

 

 

AIRPORT FBO PILOT SURVEY REWARD PROGRAM BEGINS JANUARY 1, 2009

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

 

Beginning on Thursday January 1st, 2009 and running through March 31, 2009, Pilot feedback surveys will be availailbe at the front counter of the Concord Regional Airport FBO. 

The program rewards pilots who visit the FBO and take the time and fill out a survey form regarding how they and their passengers were treated with regard to service, how our facility looks, and how we can improve. There is room for pilots to also recognize specific FBO employees who provided excellent customer service.

Rewards for pilots include (1) T-Shirt (2) Gift Bag (3) Coffee Mug (4) Special Avis Rent-a-Car discount (5) Gift Card.

The Concord Regional is serious about providing the best customer service to our valued customers and this program is just one of the ways we can see how we are doing and say thank you at the same time.

For those individuals who are not pilots, our on-line survey is available to provide your feedback and each month, those that complete an on-line survey are placed in a drawing for a shirt, mug, or CRA coaster.

 

NBAA President Responds to Recent Misleading Media Stories

Sunday, December 21, 2008

December 22, 2008

 

Stevenson Jacobs

Business Writer, Associated Press

 

Dear Mr. Jacobs:

Your recent article on business aviation (Execs Still Flying Corporate Jets, December 21) presents an inaccurate and misleading picture of business aviation in the United States. It completely misses the reality that, every day, tens of thousands of well-managed and cost-conscious U.S. companies use business aviation to help them survive and effectively compete in an intensely unforgiving marketplace.

Although perceptions may be to the contrary, the fact is that eighty-five percent of the companies that utilize business aviation are small andmid-size. And the passengers on business aircraft are usually salespersons, engineers, technicians and other employees below the senior executive rank.

Business aviation is often used to fly to locations with little or no scheduled airline service. In fact, business aviation reaches ten times the number of communities served by commercial airlines. Business aviation is also routinely used to visit multiple sites in a single day or respond to business situations when time is of the essence.

The basic value of business aviation is that it is a tool that allows companies to do more in less time, and often at a lower cost than other alternatives. It helps companies maximize employee productivity, reduce total travel times and have the flexibility they need to quickly adjust to changing business circumstances and schedules.

This is not to suggest that business aviation is the best transportation option in every instance. Good businesses match the right transportation mode to the mission at hand.Most NBAAMember companies have integrated transportation policies that help them determine themost appropriate mode of transportation in any circumstance. Our surveys have found that companies that use business aviation as a solution to some of their transportation challenges also rely heavily on the commercial airlines, purchasing $12 billion worth of airline tickets annually.

But business aviation is the most prudent and cost-effective transportation solution in a wide number of situations. That is why it is a critical link in our nation’s transportation system and an important tool for businesses of all sizes. It’s unfortunate that your story leaves readers with a view of business aviation that reflects none of these realities.

Sincerely,

Ed Bolen

President and CEO

National Business Aviation Association

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CRA Pilot Shop holding 30% off Christmas Sale

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

 

GET YOUR AVIATION CHRISTMAS GIFTS BEFORE THEY ALL FLY OFF THE SHELVES!

Beginning on December 6, 2008, the Concord Regional Airport Pilot Shop, located on the first floor of the terminal building is holding its first ever "Christmas Sale" discounting many regular and speciality items 30%.  Some of the offerings include Aeronautical Toys, Jewelry, Apparel items, Travel Mugs, and Pilot Supplies.

Don't miss these great savings!

For additional information contact:

Valerie Speacht

(704) 920-5934

  

 

Concord Regional to host FAA information meeting on proposed Charlotte Class B airspace changes

Monday, December 01, 2008

Concord Regional to host FAA information meeting on proposed Charlotte Class B airspace changes

SUMMARY: This notice announces two fact-finding informal airspace
meetings to solicit information from airspace users and others,
concerning a proposal to revise the Class B airspace area at Charlotte,
NC. The purpose of these meetings is to provide interested parties an
opportunity to present views, recommendations, and comments on the
proposal. All comments received during these meetings will be
considered prior to any issuance of a notice of proposed rulemaking.

Times and Dates: The informal airspace meetings will be held on
Wednesday, January 7, 2009, from 3 p.m.-8 p.m.; and Thursday, January
8, 2009, from 3 p.m.-8 p.m. Comments must be received on or before
February 9, 2009.

ADDRESSES: 1. The meeting on Wednesday, January 7, 2009, will be held
at the Concord Regional Airport, Conference Room, 9000 Aviation Blvd.,
Concord, NC 28027. 2. The meeting on Thursday, January 8, 2009, will be
held at the Rock Hill Airport, Conference Room, 550 Airport Rd., Rock
Hill, SC 29732.
    Comments: Send comments on the proposal to: Mark D. Ward, Manager,
Operations Support Group, Air Traffic Organization, Eastern Service
Area, Federal Aviation Administration, P.O. Box 20636, Atlanta, GA
30320

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mike Schmidt, Support Manager,
Charlotte Airport Traffic Control Tower, 5507 Josh Birmingham Pkwy.,
Charlotte, NC 28208; telephone: (704) 359-1010.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Meeting Procedures

    a. The meetings will be informal in nature and will be conducted by
one or more representatives of the FAA Eastern Service Center. A
representative from the FAA will present an informal briefing on the
planned modification to the Class B airspace area at Charlotte, NC.
Each participant will be given an opportunity to deliver comments or
make a presentation. Only comments concerning the plan to modify the
Class B airspace area at Charlotte, NC, will be accepted.
    b. The meetings will be open to all persons on a space-available
basis. There will be no admission fee or other charge to attend and
participate.
    c. Any person wishing to make a presentation to the FAA panel will
be asked to sign in and estimate the amount of time needed for such
presentation. This will permit the panel to allocate an appropriate
amount of time for each presenter. These meetings will not be adjourned
until everyone on the list has had an opportunity to address the panel.
    d. Position papers or other handout material relating to the
substance of these meetings will be accepted. Participants wishing to
submit handout material should present an original and two copies (3
copies total) to the presiding officer. There should be additional
copies of each handout available for other attendees.
    e. These meetings will not be formally recorded. However, a summary
of comments made at the meeting will be filed in the docket.

Agenda for the Meetings

--Sign-in
--Presentation of Meeting Procedures
--FAA Explanation of the Proposed Class B Modifications
--Public Presentations and Discussions
--Closing Comments

 

 

Concord Regional Airport Celebrates 14th Birthday

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Concord Regional Airport Celebrates 14th Birthday

Fourteen years ago today the Concord Regional Airport officially opened for business.

Today the staff celebrated with a birthday cake for employees, tenants, and customers. Susan Green and Ray Farrington, two of the original airport employees when the airport opened, were asked to help cut the cake in a brief ceremony this morning. 

The Concord Regional Airport has grown tremendously from its humble beginnings as a small reliever airport into a major regional airport that is a critical economic generator for our area. The airport is a base to many Nascar teams and is also a busy corporate aviation destination for businesses visiting the Charlotte area and the new North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis. In additional, the airport continues to hosts aircraft and people flying into the Charlotte area to see or participate in one of the many races held at the nearby Lowe's Motor Speedway and Z-Max Dragway.

 

Collings Foundation brings WWII Aircraft treat to Concord this weekend!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Collings Foundation brings WWII Aircraft treat to Concord this weekend!

Residents of this area are in for a Halloween treat this weekend, as the Collings Foundation brings three of their aircraft to Concord Regional Airport as part of their "Wings of Freedom" tour!

Their WWII Vintage Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Consolidated B-24 Liberator, and North American P-51 Mustang Announce Unique Display at Concord Regional Airport from October 31 to November 3rd.  

Local citizens will have the opportunity to visit, explore, and learn more about these unique and rare treasures of aviation history. The B-17 is one of only 9 in flying condition in the United States, the B-24J and Dual Control P-51C Mustang are the sole remaining examples of their type flying in the World. Visitors are invited to explore the aircraft inside and out - $12 donation for adults and $6 donation for children under 12 is requested for access to up-close viewing and tours through the inside of the aircraft. Visitors may also experience the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to actually take a 30-minute flight aboard these rare aircraft. Flight experiences are a tax-deductible donation. Flights on either the B-17 or B-24 are $425 per person. P-51 flights are $2,200 for a half hour and $3,200 for a full hour. For reservations and information on flight experiences call 800-568-8924.

The aircraft are scheduled to arrive at Concord Regional Airport at 2:00 PM on October 31 and will be on display at Concord Regional Airport until the aircraft departs November 3 at 12:00 PM.

Hours of ground tours and display are:

2:00 PM through 4:30 PM on Friday, October 31;

9:00 AM through 4:30 PM on Saturday, November 1;

9:00 AM through 4:30 PM on Sunday, November 2;

9:00 AM through 12:00 PM on Monday, November 3.

The 30-minute flight experiences are normally scheduled before and after the ground tour times above.

 

North Carolina Research Campus Open for Business

Monday, October 20, 2008

North Carolina Research Campus Open for Business

The North Carolina Research Campus Core Lab was dedicated and officially open for business today October 20th, 2008. The NC Research Campus is the vision of Dole Foods founder David Murdock who has invested $250 million dollars of his own money into the billion dollar public private partnership with the State of North Carolina, City of Kannapolis, Cabarrus County, & eight North Carolina Universities as well as private industry to provide a first of its kind campus that researchers can use to find cures to diseases like cancers and develop food, crop, and nutrition advancements to improve the quality and length our lives. 

The Campus is located in the City of Kannapolis on the former site of Pillowtex Mill and located only 10 miles from the Concord Regional Airport.  It is expected to eventually bring 20,000 plus new jobs to the area and transforming significant economic development.

As the only nearby general aviation airport with a 7,400 ft runway, control tower, security, and 24 hour Full-service FBO and ARFF service, the Concord Regional Airport is excited and ready to assist with the aviation transportation needs of the Campus. We already have many executive level and goverment officials use our facility when doing business at the Campus and are looking forward to grow as the Campus expands into the future.

 

Airport Conference Room Now Has SMARTBOARD Technology

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Airport Conference Room Now Has SMARTBOARD Technology


The Concord Regional Airport has added the latest in presentation technology to the terminal building conference room. This technology is available for staff, tenants, and customers to utilize when using the conference room facilities.

SMART Technologies' SMARTBoard is more than just an electronic whiteboard. The touch-sensitive display connects to your computer and digital projector to show your computer image or presentation. You can then control the computer applications directly from the display, write notes in digital ink on top of the images and save your work to share later. The screen itself is touch-sensitive, and can be written on with a finger or special electronic markers. What's written or drawn can be captured to a digital file. The full-featured SMART Board interactive whiteboard is incredibly easy to use. If you can use a computer, you can use a SMART Board.

 

NASCAR RACE IN TOWN THIS WEEKEND

Thursday, October 09, 2008

NASCAR RACE IN TOWN THIS WEEKEND

The Bank of America 500 Nextel Cup Race roars into town this weekend at Lowes Motor Speedway. This is the fifth race in the ten race "Chase for the Championship" and has Lowe's Home Improvement sponsored and Hendrick Motorsports driver Jimmie Johnson (#48) in the lead and Roush Fenway drivers Carl Edwards (#99) and Greg Biffle (#16) close behind.

On Friday night the Nationwide Series NASCAR race takes place at the Speedway which should be an action filled race and features talented newcomer Joey Logano making his first race at the Lowes Motor Speedway. With all this excitement the Concord Regional Airport again welcomes race fans, teams, sponsors, military, and celebrities to Concord and the Charlotte Region. With the track only 1.5 miles away, we are the destination of choice for air transportation for these NASCAR Events.  

The City of Concord FBO Staff roll out the red carpet for our guests. Our continued focus is taking care of our customers and operating safety and efficiently during this busy time. We have added extra staff to the ramp and customer service area. We are again providing complementary chili lunch under the tent on the ramp. Also, shuttle transportation will be available at the airport to and from the track. Shuttles will again provide bus ground transportation for $30 round trip and Helo Air is operating a fleet of helicopter shuttles back and forth from the track. Helo Air requires reservations and they can be made by contacting 888-FLY-HELO.

If we can do anything to assist your during your visit, please let us know by calling 704-920-5900. Our customer service counter is available 24/7 and is always answered by a live person, not an answering machine.  

 

 

Airport Staff to attend NBAA Convention

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Airport Staff to attend NBAA Convention

The Concord Regional Airport will again be represented at the 61st National Business Aviation Association Annual Meeting & Convention. This is the first year our Airport's FBO display space will be with the Phillips 66 booth area (#228). Concord Regional Airport became a Phillips 66 Aviation Fuel Provider on July 1, 2008.

Our airport staff will be at the booth for the duration of the Convention providing us the opportunity let attendees know where we are and to promote the City of Concord and the Airport as a destination alternative to Charlotte's Hub airport.

In addition to being at the booth, our staff will walk the convention floor, attend sessions, and network with other aviation professionals to learn about new aircraft products, services, trends, and discuss the future of the business aviation industry during these challenging economic times.

If you are a pilot or will be attending the convention, please stop by our booth for a special gift. In addition Phillips will be giving away several items for visiting some of the other Phillips locations represented at their convention booth.  

 

Airport to Hold Rescheduled Tenant Appreciation Event on October 4th

Monday, September 15, 2008

Airport to Hold Rescheduled Tenant Appreciation Event on October 4th

Due to rain, thie originally scheduled September 27th event have been rescheduled for Octobe 4th.

Concord Regional Airport invites all tenants, their employees and family to come out and enjoy some good food, meet other of your fellow tenants, and see some of the many aircraft that are based here at the airport.

The Tenant Appreciation Event will run from 11 AM to 3 PM on Saturday October 4th at the T-Hangar ramp area on the north side of the Airport Terminal / Hangar Complex.

If you would like additional information or to coordinate the display of your aircraft, please contact Susan Green at 704-920-5915 or by e-mail at

 

 

Paramount Flight Services to Hold "Lear to Fly Seminar"

Friday, August 29, 2008

Paramount Flight Services announced plans to conduct a “Learn to Fly Seminar” on Monday September 15, 2008. The seminar, open to the public, discusses all aspects of becoming a pilot, from eligibility and requirements to time and costs. Information will be provided for anyone interested in flying whether for a career or for recreation. 
 
“With the number of people who inquire daily about what is involved in getting a pilot’s license, we not only see a need for such a seminar, but we believe there is real benefit in bringing those person together in a common arena to discuss the thrill of flying,” said Todd Rolfes, President of Paramount Flight Services. “Anyone who has ever thought about or dreamed about flying airplanes should attend this informative session.”
 

The “Learn to Fly Seminar” will be held in the Paramount Flight Services facilities at the Concord Regional Airport, 9301 Aviation Blvd, Suite CE-3, Concord, NC beginning at 7:00 pm. Paramount Flight Services is the leading provider of flight instruction in the Charlotte area. For more information please call 704-784-1295 or email info@paramountflight.com.

 

1929 Ford Tri-Motor Aircraft visiting Concord Regional Airport August 28th - September 1st

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

1929 Ford Tri-Motor Aircraft visiting Concord Regional Airport August 28th - September 1st

Experimental Aircraft Association ("EAA") Charlotte Chapter 309 is bringing a 1929 EAA Ford Tri-Motor to the Concord Regional Airport as part of a national tour of the aircraft for public viewing and rides!

The public will have a chance to experience the early days of air travel in an aircraft that made aviation history. The Ford Tri-Motor was the airplane that gave rise to scheduled passenger flights.

The first scheduled passenger flight, as well as the first scheduled air freight flight, took place in a Ford Tri-Motor. On May 17,1938, Eastern Airlines flew the Ford Tri-Motor for the very first flight into Charlotte.  All major airlines began by using  a Tri-Motor.

This event will be held Labor Day Weekend from August 28th - September 1st on the ramp near the Airport Terminal Building at the Concord Regional Airport. Prices for ride along are $40 per person for EAA members; $50 per person for non-members. Please call 800-843-3612 or go to www.FlyTheFord.org to book a flight time or if you have any questions. Additional information can be found by visiting the EAA Chapter 309 website at www.eaa309.org.

 

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Concord Regional Airport's Contract Control Tower Now ISO 9000 Certified

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

 

On friday, August 8th, 2008, RVA, the Company that operates the contract control tower at the Concord Regional Airport, successfully passed its ISO 9000 audit and inspection and is now considered a ISO 9000 certified location.

ISO 9000 is a family of standards for quality management systems. ISO 9000 is maintained by ISO, the International Organization for Standardization and is administered by accreditation and certification bodies. Some of the requirements include:

  • a set of procedures that cover all key processes in the business;
  • monitoring processes to ensure they are effective;
  • keeping adequate records;
  • checking output for defects, with appropriate and corrective action where necessary;
  • regularly reviewing individual processes and the quality system itself for effectiveness; and
  • facilitating continual improvement

Ken Johnson, RVA local Manager said a lot of time and effort went into preparing the proceedures and documentation necessary for the ISO requirements which are now streamlined and consistant throughout the entire RVA organization.

 

ARFF Completes a Successful Aircraft Accident Drill

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Photos of Aircraft Accident Drill

The City of Concord Fire and Life Safety Department Airport ARFF Station #6 put on a live full scale aircraft accident drill at the Concord Regional Airport on Saturday, July 12, 2008.

The incident scenario involved an aircraft taking off and experiencing engine trouble and trying to return to land at the airport but crashing short of the runway leaving a fire and victims scattered inside and outside of the remains of the burning aircraft..

An aircraft was staged in the grass just northwest of the end of the runway and small fires were set off nearby the aircraft. Fifty volunteer “Victims” lay scatted around the aircraft acting out various degrees of injuries. Five full size mannequins were placed inside the damaged aircraft.

Once the call was made, responding crews had to get to the scene, assess the situation, extinguish the fire, find and rescue any remaining victims from the aircraft, then triage and evacuate the remaining victims from the scene all while coordinating with other mutual response agencies, airport and city staff.

Members of the media along with evaluators all watched the scenario from close range.

The City of Concord, Cabarrus County EMS, nearby volunteer fire units, police, airport staff, control tower, Red Cross, and local hospitals and participated in this live drill.

The drill was the first full scale drill of its kind in Concord. The FAA require that all airport that have a 139 Air Carrier Airport Operating Certificate to perform a drill at least once every three years to practice the procedures spelled out in the Airport’s Emergency Manual.

The City of Concord obtained its FAA 139 certificate in October of 2006 and has several carrier size aircraft operating on an unscheduled charter basis annually.

 

June 2008 Airport Picture Shows Growth at Concord Regional Airport

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

June 2008 Airport Picture Shows Growth at Concord Regional Airport

 

Concord Regional Airport FBO Now a Phillips 66 Aviation Fuel Provider

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Photo of Phillips 66 Aviation trucks in front of terminal building

On July 1st, Concord Regional Airport celebrated the transition Phillips 66 Aviation Fuel.

On hand for the event were representatives from Phillips 66 where five brand new fuel trucks were put into service and customers were greated with banners, balloons, and Phillips 66 giveaways.

 

Concord's Airport Director becomes Vice President of NCAA

Friday, June 13, 2008

News IconRichard K. Lewis, Concord Regional Airport's Aviation Director, takes on role of Vice President of the North Carolina Airports Association (NCAA).

Mr. Lewis begins this role on July 1, 2008. As Vice President of the Association, one of Mr. Lewis' responsibilities will be to head up the Association's Annual Convention to be held in Concord next spring.

The convention brings together leaders in the aviation community in North Carolina as well as many airport staff members, consultants, vendors, and State and Federal officials to network, discuss the condition of the industry, the needs of the airports in the State and how we can collectively work together to keep the North Carolina airports and aviatiion on the leading edge.

 

Concord receives a new 5000 Gallon Phillips 66 Jet Fuel Truck

Thursday, June 12, 2008

New Jet Fuel Truck

In addition to the Avgas trucks that arrived yesterday, we have also received a brand new International 5,000 Jet "A" Fuel Truck that will be put in service on July 1st as the Airport FBO transitions from Exxon Mobil to Phillips 66 branded aviation fuel.

One advantage that Jet "A" customers will see is a fuel that is preblended with a "prist" additive at no additional cost. Currently it costs an additional $.03 to $.05 cents for us to add this additive to the fuel. The purpose of this chemical is to prevent freezing of water so the jet engine runs smoothly at the extreme cold of high altitudes. An additional safety benefit of the additive is that it seems to retard growth of microbes in aviation fuels.

Phillips is also rolling out a rewards program for its credit card customers that we will be participating in.

Please visit the www.phillips66aviation.com web site for all the programs that they offer and to see the many other Phillips 66 network of locations that we will become a part of on July 1st.

Let us know if you have additional questions, comments or concerns about the move to Phillips 66 aviation fuel.

 

New Phillips AVGAS Trucks Arrive

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Ascent Aviation Group has delivered two brand new Avgas fuel trucks in preparation of the transition to Phillips 66 on July 1, 2008.

Phillips 66 is committed to General Aviation and has a program that provides fuel rebates to pilots that take first time flyers up in their single engine airplanes.

On the www.phillips66aviation.com website it says:

Phillips 66 Aviation is a proud supporter of the EAA and the Young Eagles program. We are committed to spreading awareness and excitement about general aviation to the youth of America. Through our Phillips 66 Aviation Rebate program that was introduced in 1994, we continue to support the pilots who make this possible.

By providing a $1.00 per gallon avgas rebate to all EAA Young Eagles volunteer pilots, Phillips 66 has helped the program achieve its original goal of one million flights. Over 4,000 pilots have used Phillips 66 avgas to introduce more than 350,000 kids to the wonders of flight.

 

Premier Spirit Award presented to City Aviation Department Staff

Monday, June 02, 2008

Exxon Mobil Aviation Territory Manager, Melissa Overbay, presented the City of Concord Aviation Department staff with the 2007 Exxon Mobil Premier Spirit "Gold" Award for exceptional performance in Service, Training Certifications, and Quality Control.

Melissa stated that Our Concord – Avitat FBO again earned this award during the 2007 contest period which pilots who visit Exxon Mobil Aviation locations fill out survey forms on their experience and score the FBO location in terms of service, amenities, cleanliness, and transaction accuracy. Additional inspections are completed of the FBO facilities by Exxon Mobil personnel that look at staff training and certifications, quality control of the fuel storage and delivery systems, and fuel sales volume over previous years. Scores for each of these areas are then combined and compared to all Exxon Mobil locations throughout the North American system. Only the top 5% are eligible for the Premier Spirit Award and a fewer number receive the top “Gold” Award classification.

Melissa said that it says a lot about our staff because in the fourteen years the City of Concord has been an Exxon Mobil Aviation dealer, we have won the Premier Spirit Gold Award eight times! She said it would be likely we would have continued to win this award because of the dedication of the staff here at Concord. Our FBO will be changing to Phillips 66 branded fuel on July 1, 2008.

Aviation Director Dick Lewis, City Manager Brian Hiatt, and Assistant City Manager Jim Hipp were on hand when the award was presented during an appreciation luncheon for the staff.

Mr. Hiatt mentioned that the City’s Aviation Department staff set the example for other City departments for their long track record of excellent customer service. The City of Concord has put a strong emphasis on customer service in all departments and has recently implemented a “Committed to Excellent Service” program.

In addition to the lunch, each staff person received a gift card in appreciation of the commitment and hard work they put in to earning this award.

 

Premier Spirit Award presented to City Aviation Department Staff

Monday, June 02, 2008

Exxon Mobil Aviation Territory Manager, Melissa Overbay, presented the City of Concord Aviation Department staff with the 2007 Exxon Mobil Premier Spirit "Gold" Award for exceptional performance in Service, Training Certifications, and Quality Control.

Melissa stated that Our Concord – Avitat FBO again earned this award during the 2007 contest period which pilots who visit Exxon Mobil Aviation locations fill out survey forms on their experience and score the FBO location in terms of service, amenities, cleanliness, and transaction accuracy. Additional inspections are completed of the FBO facilities by Exxon Mobil personnel that look at staff training and certifications, quality control of the fuel storage and delivery systems, and fuel sales volume over previous years. Scores for each of these areas are then combined and compared to all Exxon Mobil locations throughout the North American system. Only the top 5% are eligible for the Premier Spirit Award and a fewer number receive the top “Gold” Award classification.

Melissa said that it says a lot about our staff because in the fourteen years the City of Concord has been an Exxon Mobil Aviation dealer, we have won the Premier Spirit Gold Award eight times! She said it would be likely we would have continued to win this award because of the dedication of the staff here at Concord. Our FBO will be changing to Phillips 66 branded fuel on July 1, 2008.

Aviation Director Dick Lewis, City Manager Brian Hiatt, and Assistant City Manager Jim Hipp were on hand when the award was presented during an appreciation luncheon for the staff.

Mr. Hiatt mentioned that the City’s Aviation Department staff set the example for other City departments for their long track record of excellent customer service. The City of Concord has put a strong emphasis on customer service in all departments and has recently implemented a “Committed to Excellent Service” program.

In addition to the lunch, each staff person received a gift card in appreciation of the commitment and hard work they put in to earning this award.

 

Sam Bass Poster Contest has a winner

Sunday, June 01, 2008

James Ezell with recyclecycle.com has won the May 2008 drawing for an official Sam Bass Gallery Print.

The Concord Regional Airport FBO started monthly drawings this year as part of customer appreciation and to raise awareness of the airport gift shop products and our partnership with Sam Bass Galleries, the first officialy licensed artist of NASCAR.

As a gateway into the Concord and Charlotte, NC area, Concord Regional Airport is home to many NASCAR teams and proud to be affiliated with this industry. Sam Bass Prints are also displayed in several areas of our terminal building and can be purchased at our customer service counter.

To particpate in any one of the monthly drawings, just drop in a business card in the bowl at the customer service counter in the airport terminal building.

 

Sam Bass Poster Contest has a winner

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Sam Bass Gallery Print

James Ezell with recyclecycle.com has won the May 2008 drawing for an official Sam Bass Gallery Print.

The Concord Regional Airport FBO started monthly drawings this year as part of customer appreciation and to raise awareness of the airport gift shop products and our partnership with Sam Bass Galleries, the first officialy licensed artist of NASCAR.

As a gateway into the Concord and Charlotte, NC area, Concord Regional Airport is home to many NASCAR teams and proud to be affiliated with this industry. Sam Bass Prints are also displayed in several areas of our terminal building and can be purchased at our customer service counter.

To particpate in any one of the monthly drawings, just drop in a business card in the bowl at the customer service counter in the airport terminal building.

 

The Country’s newest 142 Flight Training Center is now open in Concord.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Fly Right Photo

The Country’s newest 142 Flight Training Center is now open in Concord, NC.

FlyRight, which was founded in 2003 to provide professional, simulator-based flight training to FAA part 91 and certificated operators, has opened the Country’s newest 142 Flight Training Center right here in Concord, NC. The Facility is located at 7275 West Winds Blvd by the Concord Regional Airport entrance at Derita Road.

Being a FAA 142 Training Center enables the company to offer initial, ATP, and recurrent training programs entirely in-house, using its Kingair B200 and Raytheon 1900D Level-C full motion simulators. The FAA also certified a FlyRight instructor as a Training Center Evaluator, eliminating the requirement for FAA examiners for checkrides.

For more information on the company and the services they offer, please visit their website www.flyrightinc.com or call them at 1-800-596-3054

 

The Country’s newest 142 Flight Training Center is now open in Concord.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Country’s newest 142 Flight Training Center is now open in Concord, NC.

FlyRight, which was founded in 2003 to provide professional, simulator-based flight training to FAA part 91 and certificated operators, has opened the Country’s newest 142 Flight Training Center right here in Concord, NC. The Facility is located at 7275 West Winds Blvd by the Concord Regional Airport entrance at Derita Road.

Being a FAA 142 Training Center enables the company to offer initial, ATP, and recurrent training programs entirely in-house, using its Kingair B200 and Raytheon 1900D Level-C full motion simulators. The FAA also certified a FlyRight instructor as a Training Center Evaluator, eliminating the requirement for FAA examiners for checkrides.

For more information on the company and the services they offer, please visit their website www.flyrightinc.com or call them at 1-800-596-3054

 

Airport and Tenant featured in Charlotte Observer Article

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Last Sunday, Linda Doherty with the Charlotte Observer Newspaper wrote an article in the Cabarrus Section featuring the Concord Regional Airport and flight school tenant Fly Carolina.
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By Linda Doherty
The Charlotte Observer
5/18/08

One of my favorite stretches of road to travel is Poplar Tent Road just west of Interstate 85.
Although the traffic is usually backed up, I don't mind, because it gives me the chance to look over at the runway at Concord Regional Airport and see the planes landing and taking off.

I have always wondered who these people were and where they were going. To me, it's kind of like the secret airport that only a select few know about.

I wanted to be one of those select few, so I made a little visit to find out more.

Turns out this little airport offers a wealth of services, including a number of different flight schools. One is Fly Carolina.

I had the pleasure of meeting with James Garrett, the company's chief pilot and an instructor for Fly Carolina.

"We started back in 1996 as a flying club with one airplane. Now we have almost 30 aircraft in operation," Garrett said. Since then they have become the largest flying club in the Carolinas.

Besides flight training, Fly Carolina offers charter, sightseeing and something they call the Discovery Flight. So I asked what exactly a Discovery Flight was.

In a Discovery Flight, a pilot will take you up for a ride and then you let you drive the plane yourself so you can experience first-hand what flying is like.

Garrett wanted me to try, but I would prefer to stick with passenger jet planes. So I did the next best thing: I offered up my husband.

That's when we met pilots Peter Miranda and Brian Pence. Miranda, a flight instructor who also does photo flights, is one of the original members of the Fly Carolina Flying Club.

"Ever since I was 19, I knew I wanted to be a pilot," Miranda said. "I feel more nervous driving to the airport than I do flying."

So my husband headed for the skies in a Cessna Skyhawk 172, and he absolutely loved it. (Not as much as I loved watching with my two feet planted firmly on the ground.)

"The one word to describe the flight that comes to mind is ... awesome!" explained my husband, Jim. "Like Pete said, `This is as close to heaven as one can get.' He then let me take over.

"I must admit: While it was incredibly exciting, I felt a little uneasy. I had this fear of turning or pulling the wheel too abruptly and losing control," Jim said. "Apparently, however, I did it right, and relaxed after a bit. I believe that with experience, those fears subside.

"I highly recommend this to everyone, as words cannot describe the experience. The views, the freedom of the skies, are just fantastic," Jim said.

Fly Carolina's Discovery Flight is reasonably priced at around $100. With Father's Day just around the corner, it may be the unique gift you are looking for.

"Flying is my passion. It's my hobby and my part-time, soon-to-be full-time, job," Miranda said. "Very few people can say that they work at something they enjoy, and I feel fortunate to be able to be one of them."

One of the things I did notice at this airport was how happy everyone was. Even my husband had a huge smile on his face when he got off the plane.

Maybe everyone there is so happy because they know how lucky they are to be the select few who use this airport. I watched in amazement as people came and went, using their planes the way the rest of us use our cars.

So the next time you're inching your way down Poplar Tent Road, look up and see whether any planes are flying overhead. Chances are that, while we are all grumbling in traffic here on the ground, they are all flying to their destination with huge smiles on their faces.

 

Airport and Tenant featured in Charlotte Observer Article

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Fly Carolina

Last Sunday, Linda Doherty with the Charlotte Observer Newspaper wrote an article in the Cabarrus Section featuring the Concord Regional Airport and flight school tenant Fly Carolina.
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By Linda Doherty
The Charlotte Observer
5/18/08

One of my favorite stretches of road to travel is Poplar Tent Road just west of Interstate 85.
Although the traffic is usually backed up, I don't mind, because it gives me the chance to look over at the runway at Concord Regional Airport and see the planes landing and taking off.

I have always wondered who these people were and where they were going. To me, it's kind of like the secret airport that only a select few know about.

I wanted to be one of those select few, so I made a little visit to find out more.

Turns out this little airport offers a wealth of services, including a number of different flight schools. One is Fly Carolina.

I had the pleasure of meeting with James Garrett, the company's chief pilot and an instructor for Fly Carolina.

"We started back in 1996 as a flying club with one airplane. Now we have almost 30 aircraft in operation," Garrett said. Since then they have become the largest flying club in the Carolinas.

Besides flight training, Fly Carolina offers charter, sightseeing and something they call the Discovery Flight. So I asked what exactly a Discovery Flight was.

In a Discovery Flight, a pilot will take you up for a ride and then you let you drive the plane yourself so you can experience first-hand what flying is like.

Garrett wanted me to try, but I would prefer to stick with passenger jet planes. So I did the next best thing: I offered up my husband.

That's when we met pilots Peter Miranda and Brian Pence. Miranda, a flight instructor who also does photo flights, is one of the original members of the Fly Carolina Flying Club.

"Ever since I was 19, I knew I wanted to be a pilot," Miranda said. "I feel more nervous driving to the airport than I do flying."

So my husband headed for the skies in a Cessna Skyhawk 172, and he absolutely loved it. (Not as much as I loved watching with my two feet planted firmly on the ground.)

"The one word to describe the flight that comes to mind is ... awesome!" explained my husband, Jim. "Like Pete said, `This is as close to heaven as one can get.' He then let me take over.

"I must admit: While it was incredibly exciting, I felt a little uneasy. I had this fear of turning or pulling the wheel too abruptly and losing control," Jim said. "Apparently, however, I did it right, and relaxed after a bit. I believe that with experience, those fears subside.

"I highly recommend this to everyone, as words cannot describe the experience. The views, the freedom of the skies, are just fantastic," Jim said.

Fly Carolina's Discovery Flight is reasonably priced at around $100. With Father's Day just around the corner, it may be the unique gift you are looking for.

"Flying is my passion. It's my hobby and my part-time, soon-to-be full-time, job," Miranda said. "Very few people can say that they work at something they enjoy, and I feel fortunate to be able to be one of them."

One of the things I did notice at this airport was how happy everyone was. Even my husband had a huge smile on his face when he got off the plane.

Maybe everyone there is so happy because they know how lucky they are to be the select few who use this airport. I watched in amazement as people came and went, using their planes the way the rest of us use our cars.

So the next time you're inching your way down Poplar Tent Road, look up and see whether any planes are flying overhead. Chances are that, while we are all grumbling in traffic here on the ground, they are all flying to their destination with huge smiles on their faces.

 

It's Race Time Again

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

It's May 2008 and for the City of Concord, its one of the most exciting months of the year with all the race activity at Lowe's Motor Speedway this month.

Activity at the Airport changes significantly as most of the race teams flying activity decreases and out of town visitor activity picks up with fans, sponsors, event participants, and aviation businesses involved in transportation come to town.

Helicopter, banner tow aircraft, and military aircraft involved in the pre race events all operate in and out of the airport.

Based aircraft are moved around so that there is plenty of room for out of town aircraft on our 17 acre ramp. Staffing is increased for to ensure safety on the ramp and make sure fueling and other need of our customers are met. Our air traffic controllers work extended hours to make sure aircraft can depart safely after the race.

On Nextel Cup race days a food tent is set up for visiting pilots and crews to relax or passengers to grab a bite to eat before heading over to the race track.

One challenge this year will be with the construction activity on our taxiway. Some sections are still closed so ramp entry and taxi routes will be modified to ensure a smooth flow of traffic. Pilots please review NOTAMS and check our airport projects page for most current information.

Helicopter and vehicle shuttle services to the track will again be operating. Information on transportation to the track can found by contacting:

Helicopter Transport - (888) FLY-HELO

Mini and Bus Transportation - (704) 598-3644

AVIS Car and Van Rental - (704) 795-2880

 

It's Race Time Again

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

It's May 2008 and for the City of Concord, its one of the most exciting months of the year with all the race activity at Lowe's Motor Speedway this month.

Activity at the Airport changes significantly as most of the race teams flying activity decreases and out of town visitor activity picks up with fans, sponsors, event participants, and aviation businesses involved in transportation come to town.

Helicopter, banner tow aircraft, and military aircraft involved in the pre race events all operate in and out of the airport.

Based aircraft are moved around so that there is plenty of room for out of town aircraft on our 17 acre ramp. Staffing is increased for to ensure safety on the ramp and make sure fueling and other need of our customers are met. Our air traffic controllers work extended hours to make sure aircraft can depart safely after the race.

On Nextel Cup race days a food tent is set up for visiting pilots and crews to relax or passengers to grab a bite to eat before heading over to the race track.

One challenge this year will be with the construction activity on our taxiway. Some sections are still closed so ramp entry and taxi routes will be modified to ensure a smooth flow of traffic. Pilots please review NOTAMS and check our airport projects page for most current information.

Helicopter and vehicle shuttle services to the track will again be operating. Information on transportation to the track can found by contacting:

Helicopter Transport - (888) FLY-HELO

Mini and Bus Transportation - (704) 598-3644

AVIS Car and Van Rental - (704) 795-2880

 

Grob Aerospace brings their Mobile Business Jet Aircraft Display to Concord Regional Airport

Monday, May 12, 2008

Grob Aerospace Inc. is bringing their 2008 SPN Aircraft Display tour to the Concord Regional Airport on Friday and Saturday May 16th and 17th.

Visitors will be able to walk through their full scale mock-up and learn more about this new business aircraft.

Please contact Amy Abbott with Grob to schedule a personal appointment. Amy can be reached at (603) 766 6068 or via e-mail at
amy.abbott@grob-aerospace.ch

Additional Information can be obtained by visiting their website: http://www.grob-aerospace.net/

 

Grob Aerospace brings their Mobile Business Jet Aircraft Display to Concord Regional Airport

Monday, May 12, 2008

GROB Aerospace

Grob Aerospace Inc. is bringing their 2008 SPN Aircraft Display tour to the Concord Regional Airport on Friday and Saturday May 16th and 17th.

Visitors will be able to walk through their full scale mock-up and learn more about this new business aircraft.

Please contact Amy Abbott with Grob to schedule a personal appointment. Amy can be reached at (603) 766 6068 or via e-mail at
amy.abbott@grob-aerospace.ch

Additional Information can be obtained by visiting their website: http://www.grob-aerospace.net/

 

Concord Regional Airport extends reach all the way to Kenya Africa

Monday, May 05, 2008

Kenya

Bomet Airstrip is more than 7,000 miles away and in a remote part of a poor county but it now has a new windsock thanks to some cooperation from the State of North Carolina and a group of folks who cared at the Concord Regional Airport.

Air Traffic Controller Jerry Byrum learned of a need through his church’s involvement with AIM AIR. AIM AIR provides air transportation for those who serve in Africa helping get people to small remote villages and hospitals.

With the help of Dr. Charles Nicholson, and City of Concord Aviation Department employees Glenn Hatley and Danny Jacobs who were able to obtain an extra windsock from the NCDOT Aviation Division, the windsock was sent to Africa in fall of 2007 and installed by a team at the airstrip, immediately improving safety there.

AIM AIR pilot John McNeely recently wrote a letter to Jerry in which he shared his appreciation and described the effect of the windsock gift. Mr. McNeely said in his letter that this airstrip is over 6000 ft elevation with rising terrain off both ends of the runway. Taking off with 5 knots of headwind or tailwind could make the difference in whether or not a plane can make it off and climb out of the terrain.

Being able to use the airstrip makes the difference between a 1 hour drive from the next nearest airstrip or a 10 minute drive to the nearby hospital.

Mr. McNeely expressed his great thanks and said our gift of the windsock will help them serve those who they serve more safely and efficiently.

 

Concord Regional Airport extends reach all the way to Kenya Africa

Monday, May 05, 2008

Bomet Airstrip is more than 7,000 miles away and in a remote part of a poor county but it now has a new windsock thanks to some cooperation from the State of North Carolina and a group of folks who cared at the Concord Regional Airport.

Air Traffic Controller Jerry Byrum learned of a need through his church’s involvement with AIM AIR. AIM AIR provides air transportation for those who serve in Africa helping get people to small remote villages and hospitals.

With the help of Dr. Charles Nicholson, and City of Concord Aviation Department employees Glenn Hatley and Danny Jacobs who were able to obtain an extra windsock from the NCDOT Aviation Division, the windsock was sent to Africa in fall of 2007 and installed by a team at the airstrip, immediately improving safety there.

AIM AIR pilot John McNeely recently wrote a letter to Jerry in which he shared his appreciation and described the effect of the windsock gift. Mr. McNeely said in his letter that this airstrip is over 6000 ft elevation with rising terrain off both ends of the runway. Taking off with 5 knots of headwind or tailwind could make the difference in whether or not a plane can make it off and climb out of the terrain.

Being able to use the airstrip makes the difference between a 1 hour drive from the next nearest airstrip or a 10 minute drive to the nearby hospital.

Mr. McNeely expressed his great thanks and said our gift of the windsock will help them serve those who they serve more safely and efficiently.

 

Sprint Car Testing Session at Lowes Motor Speedway May 5-6th (Free for fans to watch)

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

NASCAR has announced a sanctioned Sprint Cup testing session will be held at the Lowes Motor Speedway on Monday, May 5, from 9 a.m. to noon; 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., then on Tuesday, May 6, from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Lowe's Motor Speedway is the racetrack located by the Concord Regional Airport, just northeast of Charlotte, NC.

All the favorite teams and drivers will be there for these testing sessions working to make the new COT race car perform better on the intermediate tracks on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Circuit.

This is a great and very affordable event for NASCAR fans to see their favorite drivers and cars on the track.

The Concord Regional Airport welcomes general aviation aircraft that would like to fly-in to see the testing sessions. With advanced notice, the aviation department FBO staff will help coordinate transportation to and from the race track.

In addition, tickets are still available for the premier NASCAR racing events at Lowes Motor Speedway in May, including the NASCAR All-star Race on May 17th and the Coca-cola 600 on May 25th. Visit www.lowesmotorspeedway.com for more information.


 

Concord Regional Airport FBO to become a Phillips 66 Aviation Fuel Dealer on July 1, 2008

  4/15/2008

At the City of Concord City Council Meeting on April 10, 2008, Ascent Aviation Group, a Phillips 66 Aviation fuel distributor, was awarded a five year fuel contract as the exclusive fuel provider for the Concord Regional Airport beginning on July 1, 2008.

The City selected Ascent due to it's proposal that stood out above all the other proposals the City received in terms of benefits and ultimate pricing to the aviation fuel customers as well as the commitment to customer service and involvement Ascent is willing to make to the operations and marketing of Concord Regional Airport.

Beginning, on July 1, 2008, Ascent will provide five brand new fuel trucks to the Airport FBO. Ascent will also assist in upgrades to the airport fuel farm, POS system, and training for FBO staff.

Aviation fuel customers will see benefits with pre-blended Jet "A" fuel product, lower credit card processing fees, and a pricing philosophy that will help the Airport FBO provide the customers the best retail prices possible.

More information will be forthcoming regarding the transition that will take place over the next two months. In the mean time more information regarding Phillips 66 and Ascent can be found by visiting the following web sites: www.phillips66aviation.com and www.ascent1.com


 

Airport Tenant Recognized by Customer for Excellent Customer Service

  4/1/2008

Concord Regional Airport tenant Avis Car Rental was recently recognized for excellent customer service they provided that left a lasting impression on a husband and wife in need of a vehicle rental on short notice.

The customer is quoted saying “It isn't often these days that we find a business focused on customer needs and we appreciated working with you. Again, thank you for a job well done.”

Our Avis location is run by Delana Dawson and is located in the Airport Terminal Building and is open from 7AM to 7 PM, Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 1 PM on Saturday, and 12 PM to 5 PM on Sunday.

Avis serves not only the pilots and passengers that use the Concord Regional Airport but also serves numerous businesses and the public in the Concord Mills Area.

Avis can be reached at:
Concord Regional Airport
9000 Aviation Blvd.
Concord, NC 28027
Tel:(704)795-2880
Fax:(704)795-1754


 

Avitat Concord Earns Premier Spirit 

  3/14/2008

The City of Concord Aviation Department learned this week that we have earned the 2007 Exxon Mobil Premier Spirit "Gold" Award for exceptional performance in Service, Training Certifications, and Quality Control. This is the second year in a row that we have been recognized with this prestigious award.

In addition, two of our employees, Twanda Pickens and Brit Bradford were recognized as being in the top 50 of all employees of Exxon Mobil Aviation branded FBO in providing outstanding customer service.

Our FBO will be presented with these awards at a special event in June of this year.


 

ACC Men's Basketball Tournament in town 

  3/13/2008

Concord Regional Airport welcomes visitors flying in for the 55th Annual ACC Men's Basketball Tournament held March 13-16, 2008 at the Charlotte Bobcats Arena in nearby uptown Charlotte, N.C.

Information on the tournament can be found at http://www.theacc.com/sports/m-baskbl/acc-mtournament-central-2008.html

If you have any transportation or other needs please let our Customer Service Staff know. They can be reached at 704-920-5900


 

Independant Tribune Writes Article on Future Airport Terminal Expansion Project

  3/9/2008

By Eric C. Deines

Sunday, March 9, 2008

CONCORD - The city of Concord is seeking a private partner for a proposed expansion of Concord Regional Airport’s terminal building.

And right now, officials are putting together a “request for proposal” from a private developer for the project.

Because of growing traffic at the airport from motor sports teams and businesses - about 800 people and 25 aircraft depart each race-week Thursday - the current activity of the terminal has exceeded that for which it was designed.

Dick Lewis, director of aviation at the airport, said the proposed expansion would include the construction of a second 12,500-square-foot terminal and - perhaps most importantly - a parking deck.

Currently, 100-125 additional spaces are needed at the airport to meet current demand. And with new hangars being planned at the airport, more parking needs are expected.

“You’ve got to do a parking garage or you can’t do the project,” Lewis said, noting that some airport customers have taken to parking on the grass at the airport when the lot is full.

In addition to a larger passenger processing area, the proposed building would also include offices for aviation department staff; car rental offices and counter; pilot areas and restrooms; meeting rooms; and storage space.

It’s also proposed that the building include a restaurant.

“You can’t just put in a hamburger and hot dog place,” Lewis said as to the direction of the restaurant, adding that the restaurant would be wholly maintained by an outside company. “The city does not want to go into the restaurant business.”

A feasibility study confirmed that a 4,600-square-foot restaurant could garner $1.3 million in revenue in its first year.

A report from the aviation department said the proposed restaurant would be “marketed as a restaurant at the airport, not an airport restaurant.”

Lewis said work on the project could begin as soon as three months from the time an agreement is reached with a developer.

Because work on the airport’s runway now allows for larger planes that hold up to 50 passengers, a larger passenger screening area is needed.

Lewis said the initiative is also anticipating future security measures that will be called for at all airports.


 

2008 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball March Madness Coming to Area on March 27th. 

  3/4/2008

Our local Charlotte 49ers basketball team, located just a few miles from the Concord Regional Airport, will be hosting the 2008 NCAA® Division I Men’s Basketball East Regional this year at the 18,297 seat Charlotte Bobcats Arena in the heart of Uptown Charlotte, not far from their campus.

Two Sweet 16 games will be played on March 27th and 29th with the winner advancing on to the Final Four at the Alamodome, in San Antonio, Texas on April 5, 2008. For more information visit the Charlotte 49ers website at http://charlotte49ers.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/08-m-baskbl-east-regional.html

The Concord Regional Airport welcomes fans flying in for the game. Please contact City of Concord Avitat Customer Service Counter at 704-920-5900 and let us know you how we can help. Our staff can work with you to find transportation and hotel accommodations.

As the airport of choice for getting in and out of the Charlotte Area quickly, we appreciate your choosing the Concord Regional Airport.


 

Aviation Medical Examinater Dr Nicholson Update

  3/3/2008

A Tenant, Friend, and Fixture at the Concord Regional Airport, Dr. Charles Nicholson has experienced a sudden medical issue last Wednesday afternoon, February 27th. Dr. Nicholson is now recovering but it may be a while before he can return to his office.

Dr. Nicholson has had an office in the terminal building at the airport for a number of years and he performs FAA Class 1, 2, & 3 Medical exams for pilots of all kinds.

In his absence, two nearby medical examiners have agreed to help out his patients with any needed or scheduled exam. Dr. Ron Gable, in Concord, can be reached at 704-786-2015 and Dr. Cecil Farrington, in Salisbury, can be reached at 704-637-1123. Additional Designated FAA Medical Examiners who are located in the Charlotte Region and can be found by visiting the www.AOPA.org website.

We wish Dr. Nicholson a speedy recovery and look forward to having him back at the Airport.

If you would like to send Doctor Nicholson any encouragement cards and letters as he recovers, they can be sent to his address at the airport as his family will be picking up his mail for him. His address is 9000 Aviation Blvd, Suite#116, Concord, NC 28027


 

Instrument Ground School and Refresher Course Starts March 3rd

  2/20/2008

Beginning on March 3rd, 2008, Designated Pilot Examiner Joe Killough with Steve Yancey are offering a 10 to 12 week course titled "Comprehensive Instrument Ground School and Refresher Course" on Monday nights from 6:30 to 9:00 PM at the Concord Regional Airport.

If interested please contact Mr. Killough at 704-488-2528 or Mr. Yancey at 704-305-2927


 

Representative Robin Hayes to present grant to Concord Airport

  2/15/2008

CONCORD – Representative Robin Hayes will present the City of Concord grant funding for Concord Regional Airport projects such as the Airport Runway and Taxiway Improvements and Land Purchase on Tuesday, February 19, 2008 at 2:30 p.m.

Concord Regional Airport is one of the busiest General Aviation Airports in the country and has an approximate $110 million impact on Cabarrus County’s economy each year and accounts for over 450 new jobs annually.

Continued improvements ongoing at the airport include a taxiway widening project to meet the FAA requirement of a full length 50 foot wide standard. Currently, only the new portion of the taxiway, which was constructed with the recent runway extension is 50 foot wide. The remaining portion of the taxiway is only 35 feet wide and will be widened by fifteen feet to meet the FAA Standard.

The taxiway widening project cost is $3,500,000 to complete. The City is contributing approximately $1,150,000 of that amount with portions of this grant being used for the remainder.


 

Chick-Fil-A will be back at the Airport on Thursdays

  2/8/2008

Due to the success of Chick-fil-a box lunch program on Thursdays last year, they are bringing it back again this race season.

The crew from the Concord Mills Blvd location will be here most Thursdays from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM serving box lunches to airport employees, pilots, and race team crews as they depart to their weekly race destination.

New this season, they will be also selling Sweet tea by the gallon, which can be taken on the planes along with the box lunches. Each gallon serves up to 10 people.

For more information or to pre-order for a flight, contact Angela at (704) 979-1120


 

New Hotel Under Construction Southeast of Airport

  2/7/2008

Great Wolf Resorts has begun construction of its $123 million dollar indoor water park and 10 story hotel southeast of the airport and Interstate 85 near the Lowe's Motor Speedway.

The 409-room resort will feature a 98,000-square-foot indoor entertainment area with an 80,000-square-foot water park, an 18-hole miniature golf course, a food court, an interactive fantasy game area, and spas for adults and children.

The resort is expected to generate $68 million for the local economy and provide 400 jobs.

One unfortunate aspect of the project for pilots is the use of a large crane close to the runway approach to Runway 2. The 210 foot tall crane went up in January and will be up for several months. The crane is orange in color and is lit. It is located 5,800 feet from the edge of the runway, and 950 feet left of the centerline.

Because of the crane, the PAPIs have been turned off to Runway 2 and several NOTAMS have been issued effecting RNAV Approach to Runway 2 as well as Runway 20 departure take-off minimums.

ALL NOTAMS can be found on-line by entering "JQF" at https://pilotweb.nas.faa.gov/ under the "Safety NOTAMS" tab.

Pilots are encouraged to use extra caution when flying near this area especially at night or during low visibility conditions.


 

Aviation Fuel Contract for Airport is Advertised

  2/5/2008

The five year fuel provider contract for the Concord Regional Airport expires on June 30, 2008. As was done in the past, the Aviation Department staff have begun the process of soliciting proposals and selecting an aviation fuel provider for the next five year period.

The airport is looking for suppliers that have excellent service, reliability, supply, safety, support, and pricing that will be of the highest benefit to the Aviation Department and aviation fuel customers that use the Airport.

For companies that are interested in responding, the Request for Proposal Advertisment can be found on the City of Concord Web site and reads:

The City of Concord, Concord Regional Airport, is seeking to identify firms interested in responding to a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the purpose of providing Aviation Fuel Requirements and associated activities.

To request the RFP package, contact Richard K. Lewis, Aviation Director, Concord Regional Airport, 9000 Aviation Blvd., Concord, NC 28027, fax (704) 793-1216 or e-mail: .

The RFP response will be due no latter than 5:00 PM, March 7, 2008.


 

19th Annual Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference a Success 

  2/4/2008

The Photo shows City of Concord Avitat Employees Glenn Hatley, Rob Walter, Christa Fox, and Susan Green staffing the booth at the 19th Annual Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference held January 29, 2008 through February 1, 2008 in Savannah, Georgia.

For the first time, City of Concord Avitat FBO had its own booth at the 2008 Conference and had the opportunity to show off our Airport and FBO to a record setting crowd of several hundred conference attendees. Four staff members greeted conference goers, provided information about the benefits of using the Concord Regional Airport and the City of Concord Avitat FBO.


 

FAA Issues Runway Safety Bulletin 

  1/21/2008

The FAA Southern Region Safety Program Manager issued a Runway Safety Bulletin regarding Runway Incursions including an update on statistics, a change in definition, and programs or procedures that should be followed to reduce these dangerous situations.

(1) The bulleting advises that the FAA has adopted the international definition of a runway incursion. That definition defines and incursion as “Any occurrence at an aerodrome (Airport) involving the incorrect (unauthorized) presence of an aircraft, vehicle, or person on the protected area of a surface designated for the landing and take-off of aircraft (Runway).”

What changes is that now it does not matter if an aircraft is operating on the runway at the time.

(2) The bulletin advises that incursions are up system wide and up 22% (from 9 to 11) year to date at airports with control towers in the southern region.

(3) The Bulletin advises that we all can help stop this rise in Runway Incursions as many incursions can be prevented with proper awareness, communications and driver training.

At the Concord Regional Airport we are undertaking a Safety Management System (SMS) program which will address runway incursion prevention. For familiarity with runway a taxiway designations, a current diagram of the airport can be found on-line at the FAA National Aeronautical Charting Office (NACO)
at www.naco.faa.gov/d-tpp/0801/09155AD.PDF

The FAA motto is “Runway Safety Is No Accident, It’s Everyone’s Responsibility”. Airport employees and tenants need to take time to think, look, listen, ask, and think again. Avoid distractions!

If you have any questions, comments or recommendations to reduce these incidents, please feel free to the FAA Runway Safety office at (404) 305-5593, or e-mail them at 9-ASO-Runway-Safety@faa.gov.


 

Charlotte ATCT Looking For Feedback From Pilots

  1/9/2008

The Charlotte Control Tower has launched a new Customer Satisfaction Survey on their website (www.cltatct.jccbi.gov) looking for feedback on how they are delivering their services.

Most pilots arriving and departing the Concord Regional Airport communicate with the Charlotte Tower or Approach Control either before they land or after leaving the airspace around the airport.

The short survey includes 10 questions which are answered by choosing a number on a scale of 1 to 5. There is also room for comments at the bottom of the survey.

If you are a pilot and have interacted with the Charlotte ATCT, please take a minute and assist them with this survey.

Here is the direct link to the survey: http://www.cltatct.jccbi.gov/Survey.dot


 

Come Visit Avitat Concord FBO at the S&D Conference

  1/7/2008

For the first time, City of Concord Avitat FBO have its own booth (table) at the 19th Annual Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference held this month January 29 through February 1 in Savannah, Georgia.

For years our staff have attended the conference and helped staff the Exxon Mobil Aviation booth at the Conference. This year we will be located in "Avitat Row" along with several other Exxon Mobil Avitat locations.

Convention attendees will now have an opportunity to see what our FBO and Concord Regional Airport have to offer, ask questions, talk with our staff members, pick up information and special giveaways.

If you our someone you know are attending this event, please stop by and see us.


 

Paramount Flight Services to Hold Open House on January 19, 2008

  1/4/2008

Paramount Flight Services will be hosting an Open House on Saturday, January 19, 2008. The event will be held in Hangar "C" at Concord Regional Airport from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. There will be FREE Hamburgers and Hot Dogs, tours of Concord Regional Airport, and the opportunity to interact with Paramount's Instructors. Paramount offers flight training and aircraft rental and is a designated Cessna Aircraft training center.

Paramount is please to welcome Premier Aircraft Sales, Inc and Diamond Aircraft as partners in the event.

Additionally, Cindy Bottiglio of Trey W. Siner Insurance will be available for investment analysis and estate planning.

For additional information visit Paramount's website at www.paramountflight.com or give them a call at (704) 784-1295


 

New Service and Safety Enhancements 

  12/31/2007

Red Carpet Service Now Available at Avitat Concord FBO!

In 2008, our customers will notice some new service enhancements when arriving at the Concord Regional Airport. The City of Concord Avitat FBO is now offering "Red Carpet Service". This enhancement has been requested by some customers and allows passengers and pilots to keep their aircraft interiors cleaner by providing passengers the opportunity to wipe their shoes off before entering their aircraft. For arriving passengers its a small way to show them that they are important and we are glad they are here.

Also, we have added some new safety enhancements on the ramp. We have purchased new Class 3 reflective jackets for our aircraft greeters to enhance their visibility to the pilots. In addition, new safety cones are being used and placed around arriving and parked jet aircraft. These cones are much more wind resistant and reflective.

The staff and employees are always looking for ways to improve safety and service. If you see something that we can do better, please let us know. One convenient way is to fill out our online survey form which can be found on our home page www.concordairportnc.com.


 

Getting into the Chirstmas Spirit

  12/3/2007

City of Concord, Avitat Airport staff, and other volunteers have worked hard to decorate the Airport Terminal Building for this Holiday Season. Holiday music, wreaths, trees, lights, ornaments, and poinsettias make the building an attractive and welcoming place for employees, tenants, and visitors.

From December 10th to December 14th. In the spirit of the holidays, cookies and punch will be available in the terminal building as part of our Customer & Tenant Appreciation Week. On Thursday afternoon and evening December 13th from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM our management staff will be holding a "Manager's Holiday Reception". Please drop by the airport terminal and enjoy spending time with staff, tenants, and airport friends. Light refreshments will be served.


 

Airport Pilot Shop Has More Than Pilot Supplies

  11/26/2007

Looking for a unique or aviation themed gift for Christmas? Check out the Pilot Shop at the Concord Regional Airport.

Much more than just needed maps, manuals, and pilot supplies, our shop carries a variety of unique gift and apparels items.

It's not just for pilots and visitors flying into and out of the airport. Its open the public and may be the perfect place to find that unique or aviation themed item for that family member or someone special on your list.

Airplane models, child "Bomber" jackets, and aviation themed plates and cups are all very popular gift items. We also have jewelry as well as shirts and hats. New this year, are the North Carolina beanie bears and NASCAR Artist Sam Bass prints.

The Pilot Shop is located in the terminal building at the Concord Regional Airport. Contact our pilot shop manager, Debbie at (704) 920-5900 for any questions or assistance. We will be happy to ship items to you if necessary.


 

Donations towards Chris Terry Fund now over $1,800

  11/23/2007

Donations made during the "Chili for A Cause" fundraiser have now exceeded $1,800.

The support of the airport and race team community has been outstanding.

The donation bowl and get well poster will remain in the terminal lobby until the end of the month.

The RTAA is matching the funds raised for this event meaning that so far $3,600 will be given to Chris Terry and his family to help with needs associated with his hospitalization and recovery.


 

Chili Fundraiser Raises over $1,700!

  11/19/2007

The Chili for a Cause Fundraiser held last Thursday for NASCAR Driver Jeff Burton's Pilot Chris Terry raised $1,727.25 on the day of the event. That amount will be matched by the Race Team Aviation Association.

Jeff Burton made an appearance as he was flying out to Homestead. Chris Terry's wife, Gina (pictured with Jeff Burton) was there to help serve chili and Chick-fil-a sandwitches. She was very appreciative of all the efforts.

A large poster was placed in the terminal building where people can sign and offer well wishes to Chris.

The poster and donation bowl will remain for a few more days for anyone flying back from the last race who may have missed the event Thursday afternoon.

Thanks again to all who participated, helped, or stopped by for this event.

We look forward to Chris full recovery and seeing him back at the airport again.


 

Chili For a Cause Fundraiser to be held Thursday, November 15, 2007

  11/7/2007

Concord Avitat FBO Staff will be holding a "Chili for a Cause" fundraiser for Chris Terry (Jeff Burton’s Pilot) and his family from 10 AM to 3 PM on Thursday, November 15th, 2007 in the terminal building at the Concord Regional Airport.

Chris Terry (husband and father of two boys) has been in the Hospital since October 6th after contracting Necrotizing Fasciitis known as “flesh-eating bacteria”.

This fundraiser provides an opportunity for race teams, pilots, airport employees, and others to make a donation and get some of Glenn Hatley's famous chili (with others fixings) for lunch before race teams depart for the last race of the NASCAR Season in Homestead, FL. The Race Team Aviation Association has generously agreed to match the proceeds raised from this event.

Chris’s prognosis’s is good but it will be a long time before he has fully recovered. His family has kept a website documenting everything that Chris has gone through fighting this disease. It can be viewed at www.caringbridge.org/visit/christerry

If you cannot attend the fundraiser but still want to make a donation, they can be sent to RTAA, Chris Terry 324 E. Church St. Troutman, NC 28166


 

Huge Short Track Racing Event Weekend at Concord, NC

  11/1/2007

Concord Regional Airport welcomes visitors to the largest short track racing weekend in the US. November 1st - 3rd, 2007.

Starting November 1st through November 3rd, Major Racing events are taking place at both premier short track racing facilites in Concord this weekend.

At the Dirt Track at Lowes Motor Speedway its the The inaugural World of Outlaws World Finals, which runs Thursday through Saturday, will be making racing history as the World of Outlaws Sprint Series and the World of Outlaws Late Model Series come together to end their seasons with one giant event. More information can be found on these events at wwww.lowesmotorspeedway.com

Also going on this weekend, November 2&3, 2007, is The 5th Annual John Blewett III Memorial North-South Shootout presented by Town & Country Ford at Concord Motorsport Park in Concord , NC. The best Modified drivers from both north and south of the Mason-Dixon will do battle in 100-laps of green flag racing on the famed half-mile tri-oval while the best Supermodified competitors in North America will vie for prominence in the inaugural 50-lap Wirtgen America East-West Supermodified Shootout. The popular SK-Type Modifieds will be part of the excitement with a 50-lapper of their own. The format for the fifth annual event will also include time trials, heat races, consolation race(s) and non-qualifiers event(s) for the Modifieds, Supermodifieds and SK-Type Modifieds. Support divisions include Crate SK-Type Modifieds, Four-Cylinder stock cars, and Vintage Modifieds. A complete schedule of events is available at www.north-southshootout.com.


 

Saftey Management System Request for Proposals

  10/26/2007

The City of Concord, Concord Regional Airport, has been selected to undertake a Safety Management System (SMS) program and is seeking to identify firms interested in responding to a request for proposals (RFP) for the development of a SMS as presented in FAA AC 150/5200-37. The SMS program will be combined with the Airport Operations Manual and training programs to create an implementation program and continuous training program for current and future staff, tenants, contractors, and other stakeholders. To request the RFP package, contact Richard K. Lewis, AICP, Aviation Director, Concord Regional Airport, 9000 Aviation Blvd., Concord, NC 28027, fax (704) 793-1216 or e-mail: . The RFP response is due by 5:00 PM, December 7, 2007.


 

Concord Avitat Receives Perfect Score on Quality Assurance Inspection

  10/18/2007

On October 17th, 2007 the City of Concord Aviation Department operated Avitat Concord FBO received a perfect score of 250 points on our Annual Exxon Mobil Aviation Quality Assurance Inspection.

The Quality Assurance Inspection is conducted by an Exxon Mobil Field Inspector and checks six areas from record keeping and line service training and certification to observing employees during actual aircraft fueling operations. No safety, procedures, or quality control discrepancies were observed in any of these areas.

The inspector stated our facility and operation is one of the top locations he has seen in the Exxon Mobil Aviation Network.


 

Grant Money Assisting Airport Projects

  10/15/2007

The Concord Regional Airport has received several grants for upgrades to safety issues at the airport.

They consist of:

Retrofit of the ARFF Unit (Fire Truck) for $40,000,
Land acquisition for $1 Million,
Airfield improvements of $166,667,
Taxiway widening project for $1.5 Million,
and a SMS Pilot Study of $100,000.

Many of these projects could not be accomplished without the help of the Grant funds which offset a large portion of the project cost.


 

Shuttle Service To Speedway now only $20.00 per passenger

  10/11/2007

Avoid the hassels of finding a rent-a-car, then fighting traffic and the parking nightmare at the race track. Instead ride in comfort and get dropped off and picked up right outside the main entrance of the Speedway.

Shuttle Speciality is again set to provide round trip shuttle service to the Lowe's Motor Speedway for both the Dollar General 300 on October 12th & the Bank of America 500 Race on October 13th.

THE TICKET PRICE HAS BEEN REDUCED TO JUST $20.00.

Reservations are not necessary but can be made by calling (704) 598-3644 or online at www.shuttlesspecialty.com

When you arrive at the airport for the Bank of Ameirca 500, a Shuttle Speciality representative will be at a table in the terminal building lobby and will direct you to a bus waiting just outside to take you to the speedway.

Then, after the event, the buses will be waiting for you just across the street from the main entrance at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Busses will be running all afternoon and until approximately one hour after the race is over.

For those fans attending the NASCAR Busch Race on October 12th, Shuttle will operate smaller 18 passenger mini bus on a call out basis.

October is Here! 

  10/1/2007

As October arrives, the Nascar Cup Racing Season heats up with the ten race Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL CUP.

Race#6 of the Chase will visit the Lowe's Motor Speedway on Saturday Night, October 13th. In additional several other events will be held in the days before this race including Busch Series race and a dirt track event. Several Top drivers from the Cup Series usually participate in some of those races as well.

As always, the staff at the Concord Regional Airport and Concord Avitat FBO will be ready to handle the increased visiting aircraft and passengers flying into these events.

On Saturday, we will have complementary BBQ on the ramp for pilots and passengers before they head over to the track.

Helicopter shuttle services, and ground transportation operators will also be operating on Saturday. Our tower will also be open extended hours after the race.

Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you by contacting us at (704) 920-5900 or filling out an on-line service request form.


 

New 2007 Columbia 350 and Columbia 400 Aircraft to Visit Concord

  9/30/2007

Columbia Atlantic, LLC & the Fly Columbia Tour will be visiting the Concord Regional Airport (Oct.19 - Oct. 20) with a 2-day static display and exhibit of the new 2007 Columbia 350/400 featuring a Garmin G1000 with the new Garmin GFC 700 autopilot. The event will run both days from 9 AM to 5PM, with complementary food and beverages avialable.

In addition, the Fly Columbia Tour trailer is making only its second appearance to North Carolina with this visit. This trailer is the perfect exhibit to showcase a functional cabin mock-up of the Col 400, with the new G1000 and Columbia-exclusive ReadyPadT, and provide other visual specifications on these advanced technology aircraft.

As a special benefit for all of their guests, Columbia Atlantic, LLC is sponsoring a 2 hour weather clinic on Saturday, Oct. 20th, presented by Scott Dennstaedt of Chesapeake Aviation Training, Inc.

For additional information or to schedule a personal demo of the aircraft, contact Ernie Capone, Regional Sales Manager, at (919) 363 – 9342 or by e-mail at .

Event Summary:

* Static display of 2007 Columbia 350/400 Aircraft
* October 19 - 20, 2007
* 9 AM - 5 PM each day
* FREE Wx Clinic on Sat.
* www.flycolumbia.com


 

WWII B-17 

  9/6/2007

The Experimental Aircraft Association's B-17G-VE, - nicknamed, Aluminum Overcast will be visiting the Concord Regional Airport from Friday, October 5th through Sunday, October 7th.

Aviation enthusiasts will be able to walk through the airplane. Also, if they wish, they can take a trip back in time and feel the might of this magnificent flying machine through the flight experience program.

Half hour flights are available daily at 9:30 AM, 10:15AM, 11:00AM, 11:45 AM, & 12:30 PM. Reserved pricing for the flights are $359 for EAA members and $399 for non members. Walk up prices will be $385 and $425 depending on EAA membership.

Ground tours are usually offered daily from 2:00 – 5:00 pm. Rates:
$6.00 per Person (18 and up)
$10.00 per Family (adults/children 8-17)
$5.00 per student
FREE WWII Veterans
FREE Children under 8 years old w/ Adult

Also, In the EAA will be hosting a BBQ Dinner on Saturday evening October 6th, at the airport, which will include a panel discussion with B-17 Veterans and B-17 Fighter escort pilots. Cost for the evening event which includes the dinner is $11 per person.


Proceeds from the tour help keep Aluminum Overcast flying and will assist the continuing restoration, maintenance and preservation efforts of EAA.

Call 1.800.FLY.NB17 (1.800.359.6217) or email or visit www.b17.org for more information.

The EAA Local Chapter 309 has also set up a website at www.eaa309.org/B17/ where you can find additional details and contacts regarding the B-17 Visit to Concord and the friday night dinner event.


 

Original Concord Airport

  8/22/2007

Here is a photograph we recently received of the Original Concord Airport. No taxiways or paved runway back then.

If you have or know someone with information about this photo or the old airport, please share it with us.


 

Concord Avitat Is Participating in the 2007 Premier Spirit Contest 

  7/13/2007

The City of Concord - AVITAT is participating in the 2007 PremierSpirit Program which began on July 1, 2007 and runs through September 30, 2007.

The Exxon Mobil Aviation program encourages pilots who visit Exxon Mobil Aviation locations to fill out inspection forms ranking service levels, cleanliness, bill accuracy, and providing an opportunity to offer comments and suggestions.

If a pilot inspects six facilities within the contest period, they are eligible to select a model aircraft as shown above or 18,000 Pilots + Rewards points (if they participate in the Pilot + Rewards program). Additional rules and an opportunity to register on-line can be found at www.premierspirit.com.

Last year our Concord AVITAT location ranked near the top in these evaluation and we were awarded the Premier Spirit Gold Award. We participate in the program not only to compete for the prestigious award but also to receive feedback from pilots to improve how we operate and provide customer service to our visiting and based aircraft.

Alternatively, we also have an on-line survey that customers and visitors to this website can complete to offer us feedback. Once a month, we randomly select one individual who completed a survey during that month to receive an appreciation gift. Check out our home page for a link to that survey.


 

Aviation Department Receives Safety Achievement Recognition

  6/28/2007

On June 22, 2007 the Aviation Department was presented with a Certificate of Safety Achievement Award in recognition of exhibiting the highest quality of working safely.

The award recognizes that the City of Concord Aviation Department has remained below the North Carolina Department of Labor average, for similar job tasks, of worker injuries and lost work time.


 

Concord Regional Airport Selected to Participate in SMS Pilot Study

  6/12/2007

The Concord Regional Airport has been selected as one of only 26 airports in the country to participate in the FAA’s Airport Safety Management System (SMS) Pilot Study.

The goal of a SMS is to help airport operators continue to improve safety in the face of significant forecasted growth in air traffic activity.

SMS contributes to this effort by increasing the likelihood that Airport Operators will detect and correct safety problems before they result in an aircraft accident or incident.

The SMS process takes about six months with the end result expected to include an SMS Manual and SMS program that is systematic, proactive, well defined, and tailored to the individual airport and goes beyond procedures and actions that are currently in the Airport's required Airport Certification Manual.

The SMS process will look at our existing organization, our safety programs, policies, and procedures and look to revise, update, and improve them with training resources, utilizing trend analysis and risk management, defining safety responsibilities, promoting safety awareness and participation, establishing reporting systems, developing follow-up processes, goal setting, self-auditing processes, implementation schedule and cost analysis, and process for reviewing lessons learned from within the organization.

The Concord Regional Airport is known as a leader in the airport industry and we are happy to participate in this Pilot Study because we are committed and focused on safety.


 

Airport Experiences Very Busy May

  6/11/2007

The skies were busy last month. The Concord Regional Airport had its busiest May since May 2000. 7,714 takeoffs and landings were counted by the the Control Tower last month.

City of Concord Aviation Director Dick Lewis said that's about 1,000 more takeoffs and landings than the airport saw in May 2006.

Lewis said May is traditionally a busy time here, with a pair of NASCAR Nextel Cup races at Lowe's Motor Speedway. One difference he noted was that Airport traffic was fairly busy throughout the two weeks surrounding the races, not bunched up just around race days.


 

Landing on Runway 20 at Dusk

  6/1/2007

What is it like landing at the Concord Regional Airport at Dusk?

This pilot was kind enough to post a video of his textbook landing on Runway 20 on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9mrJLLdbas

If you know who this pilot is, let us know. We have a Concord Regional Airport T-shirt for him.


 

NASCAR Driver Appearances at the Airport this Week

  5/22/2007

Several NASCAR drivers will be at their race shops, adjacent to the Concord Regional Airport, signing autographs this week.

At Roush Fenway Racing Headquarters & Museum 4600 Roush Place NW (at the entrance to the Airport):

David Ragan, driver of the 06 Car will be there on Wednesday, May 23, 2007 from 10:00 - 10:30am.

Todd Kleuver, Busch series driver of the 16 Car will be there on Thursday, May 24, 2007 from 10:30 - 11:00am.

Greg Biffle, driver of the Nextel Cup 16 Car will be there on Thursday, May 24, 2007 from 11:00 - 11:30am.

Carl Edwards, driver of the Nextel Cup 99 Car and 60 Busch Series Car will be there on on Friday, May 25, 2007 from 2:45 - 3:15pm. Visit www.roushracing.com for additional information

Over at at Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, 8500 Westmoreland Drive (Northeast corner of the Airport) The following events are taking place:

Wednesday, May 23, 2007 » KID’S DAY 3:30 – 5:00PM

Friday, May 25, 2007 » FAN APPRECIATION DAY 11:00AM – 3:00PM and autograph session with Nextel Cup drivers David Stremme, Reed Sorenson and Juan Pablo Montoya.

Call 866.888.6388 for additional information


 

Concord Airport Welcomes Race Fans and Visitors

  5/14/2007

The weekend of May 26th-27th, 2007, NASCAR holds two big races at the Lowe's Motor Speedway www.lowesmotorspeedway.com.

On Saturday, May 26th, its the Busch Series Car Quest Auto Parts 300 Race and on Sunday, May 27th, 2007 its the NEXTEL Coca-Cola 600 Race, which is the longest race of the season (known as "The Beast of the Southeast")

Being only three miles from the speedway, Concord Regional Airport will welcome hundreds of visitors including flight crews, race fans, corporate sponsors, celebrities, dignitaries, and several race teams coming to see and participate in this exciting event. In addition, we will be hosting many of the military demonstration and banner towing operations that will be occuring at the Speedway.

Our experienced airport and Avitat FBO staff are prepared and ready for the increased traffic, especially on the day of the race.

Additional aircraft greeters will be directing aircraft to parking areas and shuttle vans will pick crews and passengers up at their aircraft and transport them to the airport terminal building where ground transportation or helicopter shuttle service coordinators are located.

This year our customer service staff has planned some special treats for hungry visitors and pilots when they arrive.

Please let us know of any special service requests or accommodations you need by filling out an on-line service request or calling our Avitat FBO customer service desk at (704)-920-5900. We will do all we can to assist you and are proud to be the airport of choice for the 2007 Memorial Day NASCAR Race Weekend.


 

Aviation Department Receives Litter Sweep Recognition

  5/11/2007

Every spring and fall, City of Concord employees together with the neighborhood organizations, collect litter along the City’s roadsides. During this years 2007 Spring Litter Sweep, 256 City co-workers participated in the clean up and 417 bags were picked up. Of that 417 bags, 16 bags were recycled materials.

The Aviation Department was recognized for collecting the most bags. The Airport team of Glen Hatley, Susan Green, Judy Hooks, Tom Gantt, and Holly McCurrach collected 54 bags on Derita Road.

In addition, Glen Hatley won second prize for most unusual piece of litter found.


 

Racetrack Shuttle Service Available to Lowe's Motor Speedway for May 2007 Races

  5/8/2007

Shuttle Speciality will again provide round trip shuttle service using their air conditioned motorcoach buses to the Lowe's Motor Speedway for both the All-Star Race on May 19th & the Coca-cola 600 Race on May 27th.

The cost this year will be $30.00 per person.

Reservations are not necessary but can be made by calling (704) 598-3644 or online at
www.shuttlesspecialty.com (Please retype link on your web browser)

When you arrive at the airport, a Shuttle Speciality representative will be at a table in the terminal building lobby and will direct you to a bus waiting outside the terminal building. After the event the buses will be waiting for you just across the street from the main entrance at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Busses will be running all afternoon and until approximately one hour after the race is over.

For those fans attending the NASCAR Busch Race on May 26th, Shuttle will operate smaller vehicles on a call out basis.


 

Concord Avitat wins PremierSpirit GOLD Award

  5/4/2007

Exxon Mobil Aviation has awarded the Concord Regional Airport Avitat FBO the Premier Spirit GOLD Award in the 2006 customer service contest!

Winning the GOLD Award means that Concord Regional Airport Avitat is one of top Exxon Mobil branded Fixed Base Operators (FBOs) in the Nation as determined by Exxon Mobil Aviation customer survey and Exxon quality control inspections.

The accomplishment not only reflects well on the airport and City of Concord Aviation Department staff who run the Fixed Base Operation, but also says to the local and visiting pilots that they can count on receiving the highest levels of customer service and fuel quality when flying into and out of the Concord Regional Airport.


 

Airport Line Service staff now 100% Safety 1st Certified

  5/4/2007

All Concord Regional Airport Avitat FBO line service personnel have successfully completed NATA Safety 1st requirements and are now Safety 1st certified.

The Safety First Program is widely recognized as the premier program for line service training and continuing education. To receive the Safety 1st certification, each employee must receive a perfect score on a practical line service exam to demonstrate a mastery of ground servicing procedures, ramp safety, refueling piston aircraft, refueling turboprop aircraft, refueling jet aircraft, fuel farm management, towing, customer service and fire safety.

This new certification is in addition to completing the Exxon Mobil Aviation Premier Care certification.

Concord Regional Airport and the City of Concord Avitat are dedicated to maintaining the highest safety and customer service levels possible by investing in our employees and the best training and certification programs available.


 

Aviation Director named to Avitat Dealers Council

  3/27/2007

Dick Lewis, Director of the Concord Regional Airport, has been named to the ExxonMobil Avitat Dealers Council. The Avitat network is comprised of independent ExxonMobil Aviation Fixed Based Operations – of which Concord Regional Airport is one. A council consisting of individually elected Avitat dealers who represent the entire network administers the programs of the network. The Avitat Council is the Avitat network's voice and direct line of communication to ExxonMobil Aviation. AVITAT is recognized globally as a leader in service and care by schedulers and dispatchers, as well as pilots and passengers. Lewis will serve a one-year term.


 

Concord Regional Airport Receives Limited 139 Airport Operating Certificate 

  2/12/2007

Concord Regional Airport recently received a Limited 139 airport operating certificate.
The FAA completed a review or the Airport Certification Manual and completed an physical inspection of the Concord Regional and issued the City of Concord an Airport Operating Certificate as a Class IV airport.
A Class IV Airport is an airport certificated to serve unscheduled passenger operations of large air carrier aircraft (ie. charter flighs)

The FAA regulates commercial airline operations and the airports they fly in and out of for safety, security, and standardization.
The City of Concord Regional Airport applied to the FAA for an Airport Operating Certificate (under Federal Aviation Regulations, 14 CFR Part 139). The airport Operating Certificate serves to ensure safety in air transportation.
To obtain a certificate, an airport must agree to certain operational and safety standards and provide for such things as firefighting, rescue equipment, airport staff training, airfield condition reporting, and aviation fueling.
The City of Concord Aviation Department had to develop an Airport Certification Manual that documented and described everything related to the airport operations and compliance with FAA regulations including, training, inspection and safety procedures, and how the City responds to any airfield emergency.
Having City Fire Station #6, a 24/7/365 facility, located at the airport with personnel already trained to respond to aircraft emergencies made this process a lot easier.
For Airports to be certified under the Part 139, The FAA will only issue a certificate after:
(1) Determining that the airport operator has implemented Part 139
(2) Approving of the airport certification manual; and
(3) Completing of the initial airport certification inspection


 

Paramount Flight Services has been designated as a Cessna Pilot Center. 

  11/21/2006

Paramount Flight Services announced today that it has been designated as a Cessna Pilot Center. Paramount Flight Services, located at the Concord Regional Airport, will be the only Cessna Pilot Center in the greater Charlotte region and is one of only five in the state of North Carolina (Ashville, Burlington, Raleigh and Rocky Mount).

As part of the agreement, Paramount Flight Services will add a new Cessna 172S Skyhawk airplane with the new Garmin 1000 glass panel. Paramount Flight Services will immediately begin utilizing the Cessna Computer Based Instruction Curriculum with interactive DVD’s, a structured syllabus and online progress tracking.

A prospective student pilot can now rely on the combined resources of the most recognized name in general aviation and the premier flight school in the Charlotte region. “The G-1000 glass panel and Cessna’s Computer Based Instruction, the most advanced instruction course available today, truly enhances what we have attempted to provide to prospective students – professional instruction using leading edge technology combined with outstanding customer service,” said Todd Rolfes, President of Paramount Flight Services.

Jim DeLong, Cessna Pilot Center Regional Manager, added “We are pleased to be affiliated with Paramount Flight Services, a leader in general aviation instruction. Their philosophy to teaching and attention given to customer service represent the values and objectives of the Cessna Company. We truly look forward to working with them in providing state of the art instruction in the safest, most advanced aircraft manufactured today.”

For more information or details, contact Todd Rolfes at Paramount Flight Services,
704-784-1295 or .


 

North Carolina Airport Association- Piedmont Chapter

  8/17/2006

The North Carolina Airport Association - Piedmont Chapter has been organized to help airports in the Piedmont area interact more with each other and within the association. It also helps airport staff to identify and address issues and concerns that affect Fixed base operators and general aviation airports. Seminars and workshop are held through out the year. Chapter Meetings are held every three months at Concord Regional Airport in the upstairs conference room. The next meeting is scheduled for October 11,2006 at 12PM.
For more information please call 704-920-5912


 

GPS Approach for RWY 02 Effective 0901Z Thursday, June 08, 2006 to 0901Z Thursday, August 03, 2006 

  6/1/2006

A new GPS approach is being published for runway 02.

A pilot and long term tennant at the airport, Larry Morris of Tarheel Aero Tech said this is great and will be very beneficial to the pilots.
The link to the FAA web site is. http://www.naco.faa.gov.


 

Aviation Director Dick Lewis Receives Award

  1/31/2006

At their annual Airport Communications Conference this week, the Federal Aviation Administration honored City of Concord Aviation Director Richard Lewis as their 2005 General Aviation Airport Manager of the Year for the Southern Region.

Among the accomplishments honored by the award are the successful completion of the 1,900 foot runway extension project, the $56 million dollar annual economic impact the airport has in the region, the winning of the Premier Spirit Award for the City’s Fixed Base Operation, the Accident Response and Wildlife Hazard workshops he coordinated, his participation in industry organizations such as the Contract Tower Advisory Board, and his involvement in the local community including his participation in Rotary, Leadership Cabarrus, and heading the City of Concord's 2005 United Way campaign.

The Federal Aviation Administration Southern Region includes airports in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee and the Virgin Islands.

Last spring, the North Carolina Airport's Association presented him with their prestigious Presidents Award for his work in organizing the Piedmont chapter of the Association bringing together employees at airports within 50 miles and facilitating meetings to discuss safety, regulatory, and other issues that affect airports.


 

Concord Mills had 17.6 million visitors

  1/23/2006

Mall continues reign as state's top tourist attraction in 2005
Concord Mills mall has just notched another record year in attendance and looks to remain the state's tourist champ as folks keep flocking there.
An estimated 17.6 million visitors came to the Concord retail outlet last year, mall officials said. That's nearly a 7 percent increase over the previous year.
The figures could have been even higher, mall spokeswoman Sharon Campbell said, if it hadn't been for the gasoline price hikes after Hurricane Katrina.
Higher prices may have kept some travelers away, Campbell said, although others closer to the mall decided to shop there rather than go on longer trips. So, the Katrina effect meant there was still an increase in traffic and sales, just not as much as it could have been, she said.
Still, the numbers likely mean the mall will secure its place as North Carolina's top tourism site for the third consecutive year. The state typically provides that information in the summer.
The mall's main rival is the N.C. portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway, which has ranked right behind Concord Mills for tourists. But parkway attendance dropped again last year, according to preliminary figures.
The parkway saw 12.6 million visitors on the North Carolina side, a 7 percent decline from 2004, National Park Service spokesman Phil Noblitt said. A rainy summer and the continued closing of portions of the road appear to have contributed to the decline, Noblitt said.
Campbell said the mall benefits from growth in the Concord area as well as from the addition of new stores to its mix of retailers. Late last year, for instance, the Dave & Buster's restaurant chain took over the former Jillian's spot.
And in case you're wondering, Concord Mills doesn't post someone at every entrance keeping tabs on who's coming and going. The mall estimates attendance by using traffic count devices under the parking lot concrete.
Mill and Millions
GENERAL
Opened: September 1999.Employees: 3,500 full-time, with another 1,000 part-time workers during the holiday season.
Stores: More than 200.
Size: 1.4 million square feet.