Warbirds Are at Lakefront!
Here are some spectacular photos of warbirds arriving yesterday for the WWII Air, Sea & Land Festival at Lakefront Airport by Patrick Quigley. They festival is taking place today, tomorrow and Sunday from 9-5.
There are even more photos on our Facebook page if you want to take a look.
Big Easy Wing Continues to Stay Very Busy
The Big Easy Wing is planning two big weekends in a row at the WWII Air, Sea, and Land Festival and the Hammond Northshore Regional Air Show. You can read what they’re up to in their October Newsletter by clicking HERE.
Helicopter Rides at Hammond Air Show
Sierra Aeronautics is proud to partner with the Hammond Northshore Regional Airshow to offer helicopter rides in a classic Bell 47 Helicopter. For fans of the show M*A*S*H, it will be like taking a ride in the medical helicopter seen in the show! Sierra Aeronautics can take 2 passengers to enjoy the sights surrounding the Airshow. Cost is $45 per rider online or at the airshow. The helicopter will be available from 9 a.m. until close both days. Skip the line by buying your tickets ahead of time!
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TFR for WWII Air, Sea & Land Festival
For the details for the TFR around Lakefront Airport this weekend.click HERE
Always remember to check NOTAMS before you fly.
Chennault Ready for Economic Take-off
LAKE CHARLES, Louisiana—Chennault International Airport in Lake Charles—already an aviation and economic powerhouse—will grow even more with a multimillion-dollar runway upgrade now complete, the airport’s leader vows.
Chennault Executive Director Kevin Melton says the $18 million-plus refurbishment of the main runway—along with lighting and taxiway improvements—caps a five-year effort by airport staff, Chennault’s seven-member board of commissioners, community supporters and state and federal partners.
The project ensures that Chennault’s mammoth runway will make the airport a prime asset for Southwest Louisiana and the state. Stretching 10,700 feet long, 200 feet wide and 17 inches thick, the runway can handle every type of aircraft on the planet.
“These efforts are designed to support the local taxpayer through recapitalization of our airport, which in turn will support the airport’s operational growth well into the future,” Melton said.
“The results of this effort is but one of many currently in works that focuses on a dynamic shift in operations and opportunities for job growth.,” Melton said. “We want Chennault the place to come whether it is a single seat jet fighter, Cessna 172, or an Airbus 340.”
That view is shared by Gov. John Bel Edwards, who marveled about Chennault’s burgeoning possibilities when he flew in to personally cut the ribbon on the completed project.
“We didn’t just extend the life of the runway, we made it safer, with signage, with new lighting,” the governor said. “This is how you invest dollars to have a big impact going forward.”
Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson, who also flew in for the dedication ceremony, said aviation/aerospace is a $240 billion industry that has plenty of capacity for growth.
“Chennault’s a great asset,” Pierson said.
Locally, “the long-term vision of Chennault is to be a regional hub for our general aviation industry and a worldwide leader in aviation,” said Andy Hankins, president of the Chennault Industrial Airport Authority.
Gov. Edwards said Chennault’s achievement will create statewide ripples.
“By combining millions of state and local dollars with federal aviation funding, we have ensured a bright future for Chennault … and the continued growth of quality aerospace training and jobs,” the governor said.
The runway rehabilitation is part of a larger effort to find the right fit of businesses and industry to land at Chennault—and to advance the airport as a catalyst for economic development, especially in aviation and aerospace businesses.
Chennault serves as a major hub for military and commercial maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) employers, such as Northrop Grumman and Citadel Completions. Student at the adjacent Aircraft MRO Center of Excellence at Sowela are trained to become Chennault’s aviation employers. In recent years, construction of the $21.5 million, 118,000-square-foot Hangar H extended MRO capacity for additional wide-body aircraft.
The latest runway, taxiway and lighting improvements will enhance operations for existing tenants and will help attract future tenants to nearly 700 acres available for industrial development.
Help the La Tech WAI Chapter
Buy a shirt or make a donation to help support the Women in Aviation International chapter at Louisiana Tech University. Our fundraiser is designed to raise money for 10 girls in our chapter to attend the conference in Long Beach, California. This conference will help us connect and network with others who share the same passion for the aviation industry! To buy or donate click HERE.
Last Chance - Win A Ride With the Aeroshell Team
Have you ever dreamed of flying with the Aeroshell Aerobatic Team? Now's your chance!
Four tickets will be drawn and the winners will take an Orientation Flight with the team.
Here's the catch.... YOU MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN, as the ride will take place October 13, 2018 after The Best Little Air Show in the World at the Vicksburg Tallulah Regional Airport! The drawing will take place between 3:00 pm and 3:30 pm.
You can't win if you don't buy a ticket!
Tickets will be sold all the way up to the drawing!
To buy tickets click HERE
Last Chance - SHAF Jeep Raffle
To purchase tickets to enter the raffle for this jeep and other prizes click HERE
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