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June 16, 2013
Avemco Insurance Co. recently donated $2,000 to the Hagerstown Aviation Museum to support its acquisition of the classic 1956 Fairchild C-123K aircraft. The donation is part of the Avemco General Aviation Community Support Initiative, which complements the company's focus on aviation safety education as a key component of its nationwide outreach. Avemco is the only direct writer of general aviation insurance in the United States, and contributes to select nonprofit aviation organizations annually, including Build A Plane and Youth Aviation Adventures.
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By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | alnotarianni@aol.com | October 15, 2011
Luke Schwartz stood in the dark, hollow cavern of the twin-engine, twin-boom C-82 Packet. The 5-year-old glanced for a moment at the narrow hole leading to the cockpit overhead before he reached for the built-in rung ladder and began climbing. Situated in the pilot's seat, he craned his neck to gaze through the windows above and around him, then set to work exploring the knobs and dials of the instrument panel. Luke's parents, Richard Schwartz and Melanie Barclay of Hagerstown, stayed close behind enjoying his wonder Saturday at Wings and Wheels Expo 2011 at Hagerstown Regional Airport.
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By ARNOLD S. PLATOU | arnoldp@herald-mail.com | May 23, 2012
A top official at the Sierra Nevada Corp. plant near Hagerstown said Wednesday that federal funding is being sought to enable the company to continue producing special surveillance planes for U.S. Customs and Border Protection through 2013. Jack Kimberly, vice president of business development for Sierra Nevada Integrated Missions System, said Congress is being asked to approve $43 million to buy two more multienforcement aircraft from the company. Sierra Nevada won a federal Department of Homeland Security  contract in 2009 to produce five of the surveillance aircraft for customs and border patrol use. Work on the initial five is to be completed this year by the end of December, Kimberly said.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | February 2, 2012
More than 280 aircraft - including the type assigned to West Virginia Air National Guard units based near Martinsburg and Charleston - are being considered for elimination over the next five years, according to the Air Force. A “white paper” released Wednesday by Air Force leaders indicates that 27 C-5As, the aircraft assigned to the 167th Airlift Wing at Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport, are among 133 mobility aircraft being targeted. Planned changes to the makeup of the Air Force will result in the reduction of 9,900 active, guard and reserve airmen, the Air Force said in the five-page document.
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by DON AINES | February 10, 2007
MERCERSBURG, Pa. - A Pennsylvania State Police helicopter searched the area around Whitetail Resort Friday morning, but found no sign of an aircraft that two callers reported seeing in trouble Thursday afternoon. Police, who also used four-wheel drive vehicles to canvass the area, began the search at daylight and it lasted about 90 minutes, Franklin County Emergency Management Coordinator Susan Dutko said. What the callers had reported seeing from the night before, she and police said, was a plane that experienced engine trouble, but landed safely at Hagerstown Airport, she said.
NEWS
By ARNOLD S. PLATOU | July 4, 2009
With business surging among government contractors at Hagerstown Regional Airport, a strong push has started to build a federally certified aircraft maintenance technician school in the area. The school not only would benefit aircraft companies throughout the area, but could lead to high-paying careers for skilled factory workers left jobless by the recession, other residents and even returning veterans, an airport official said. "We are hell-bent on making this program happen," said Greg Larsen, business development officer at the airport.
NEWS
By BRENDAN KIRBY | April 19, 2000
California Microwave Systems has landed a $33 million contract with the U.S. Coast Guard that company officials hope will provide stability for a Hagerstown plant that has laid off workers this year. cont. from front page California Microwave, which is owned by Northrop Grumman, said Tuesday that the company will modify 15 HU-25A/C Falcon aircraft over the next two years. California Microwave reconfigures civilian airplanes for surveillance and reconnaissance missions at its plant in Top Flight Air Park near Hagerstown Regional Airport.
NEWS
July 24, 2009
Firefighters assigned to the 167th Airlift Wing in Martinsburg, W.Va., extinguish a fire in the landing gear of a simulated aircraft Wednesday during a training exercise. The West Virginia State Fire Academy provided the training for firefighters to become certified in aircraft firefighting, which is an annual requirement.
LIFESTYLE
October 29, 2012
Cub Scout Pack 34 and two members of Troop 412 toured Life Net Medevac at Ryder Jet Center at the Hagerstown Regional Airport on Sept. 27. The boys got a special wave from the aircraft as it was departing for a training class in Shippensburg, Pa. Pack 34 and Troop 412 want to thank the crew for taking the time to teach them about their occupation and aircraft.
NEWS
August 22, 1997
By DON AINES Staff Writer, Martinsburg MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The World War II war birds of the Confederate Air Force will be a nostalgic draw this weekend at the Wings of Freedom Airshow in Frederick, Md., but the thousands expected to attend will also see some more modern warplanes put through the paces. Among them will be one of the two F-15s that landed Thursday at the 167th Airlift Wing base in Martinsburg. Captains Hal "Hollywood" Anderson and J.R. "Pops" McDonald flew in from Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, covering the 763 air miles in about 90 minutes.
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August 20, 2013
Ten airmen from the 167th Airlift Wing will receive one of the Air National Guard's most prestigious awards for their action during an in-flight incident overseas, the West Virginia guard unit announced Monday. The airlift wing said in a news release that the crew's quick thinking and exemplary teamwork on April 19 allowed its members to return safely to base after their aircraft suffered multiple bird strikes during takeoff that severely damaged two of its engines. The crew assessed the situation while airborne and was able to safely land and evacuate the aircraft without further issue, according to the airlift wing.
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BUSINESS
June 16, 2013
Avemco Insurance Co. recently donated $2,000 to the Hagerstown Aviation Museum to support its acquisition of the classic 1956 Fairchild C-123K aircraft. The donation is part of the Avemco General Aviation Community Support Initiative, which complements the company's focus on aviation safety education as a key component of its nationwide outreach. Avemco is the only direct writer of general aviation insurance in the United States, and contributes to select nonprofit aviation organizations annually, including Build A Plane and Youth Aviation Adventures.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | March 26, 2013
Standing in front of a newly modified Hawker Beechcraft surveillance plane, U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski on Tuesday announced $43 million in federal funding recently approved by Congress devoted to outfitting two additional multirole enforcement aircraft to protect U.S. borders. Mikulski, an advocate for border patrol and protecting American jobs, told about 100 attendees inside the manufacturing facility of Sierra Nevada Corp. at Hagerstown Regional Airport that the money serves to preserve the “passport of the middle class,” helping to protect about 200 jobs in Maryland, including many of the company's 500-plus workforce locally.
LIFESTYLE
October 29, 2012
Cub Scout Pack 34 and two members of Troop 412 toured Life Net Medevac at Ryder Jet Center at the Hagerstown Regional Airport on Sept. 27. The boys got a special wave from the aircraft as it was departing for a training class in Shippensburg, Pa. Pack 34 and Troop 412 want to thank the crew for taking the time to teach them about their occupation and aircraft.
NEWS
August 24, 2012
 Wings and Wheels Expo 2012 will be held in conjunction with the Hagerstown Regional Airport open house Saturday, Sept. 22, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the terminal area of the airport on Showalter Road. The free event will feature a large display of Hagerstown Aviation Museum owned Fairchild aircraft built in Hagerstown, as well as modern aircraft, classic cars, trucks, remote control model aircraft, airplane rides and flight demonstrations. The open house will include displays from airport businesses, tours of the airport terminal and fire station; firefighter demonstrations; airport maintenance equipment exhibits and private aircraft displays.
BUSINESS
July 29, 2012
Build A Plane recently announced a donation of two general-aviation aircraft engines to the Hagerstown campus of the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics educational program. The donation of the engines, salvaged from damaged aircraft, was facilitated by Avemco Insurance Co., headquartered in Frederick, Md. “This is the first stand-alone engine donation that Build A Plane has facilitated, and we're excited that the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics will be able to put the engines to immediate use,” Katrina Bradshaw, executive director of Build A Plane, said in a news release.
NEWS
June 1, 2012
The pilot of an ultralight was injured Thursday night when the small aircraft crashed in the area of Greencastle Pike and Castle Hill Road, the Washington County Sheriff's Office said in a news release. The pilot, identified as Jay Fogle, 42, was reportedly flying at about 20 feet when the ultralight crashed about 8:47 p.m., a Washington County Emergency Services dispatcher said. The aircraft was found in the yard of 17202 Castle Hill Road with moderate damage, according to the news release.
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By ARNOLD S. PLATOU | arnoldp@herald-mail.com | May 23, 2012
A top official at the Sierra Nevada Corp. plant near Hagerstown said Wednesday that federal funding is being sought to enable the company to continue producing special surveillance planes for U.S. Customs and Border Protection through 2013. Jack Kimberly, vice president of business development for Sierra Nevada Integrated Missions System, said Congress is being asked to approve $43 million to buy two more multienforcement aircraft from the company. Sierra Nevada won a federal Department of Homeland Security  contract in 2009 to produce five of the surveillance aircraft for customs and border patrol use. Work on the initial five is to be completed this year by the end of December, Kimberly said.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | February 2, 2012
More than 280 aircraft - including the type assigned to West Virginia Air National Guard units based near Martinsburg and Charleston - are being considered for elimination over the next five years, according to the Air Force. A “white paper” released Wednesday by Air Force leaders indicates that 27 C-5As, the aircraft assigned to the 167th Airlift Wing at Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport, are among 133 mobility aircraft being targeted. Planned changes to the makeup of the Air Force will result in the reduction of 9,900 active, guard and reserve airmen, the Air Force said in the five-page document.
NEWS
By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | alnotarianni@aol.com | October 15, 2011
Luke Schwartz stood in the dark, hollow cavern of the twin-engine, twin-boom C-82 Packet. The 5-year-old glanced for a moment at the narrow hole leading to the cockpit overhead before he reached for the built-in rung ladder and began climbing. Situated in the pilot's seat, he craned his neck to gaze through the windows above and around him, then set to work exploring the knobs and dials of the instrument panel. Luke's parents, Richard Schwartz and Melanie Barclay of Hagerstown, stayed close behind enjoying his wonder Saturday at Wings and Wheels Expo 2011 at Hagerstown Regional Airport.
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