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By ARNOLD S. PLATOU | arnoldp@herald-mail.com | June 16, 2012
A longtime employee of a Hagerstown land surveying firm, Richard Rice was thinking of a career change back in 2001 when he happened on the website for Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics. The training and job possibilities sounded exciting, but Rice realized he couldn't work and still drive from his home near Greencastle, Pa., to Pittsburgh for classes every day, nor could he afford to move to Pittsburgh. “So I put the thought on a back burner,” Rice said. Then late last year, having been laid off after “20-some” years with the surveying company, Rice heard that PIA had opened a campus at Hagerstown Regional Airport, teaching aviation maintenance technology.
LIFESTYLE
April 14, 2011
Cub Scouts from Pack 117 in Clear Spring took a guided tour April 2 of Hagerstown Regional Airport. The Scouts were accompanied by their cub master, den leaders and family members as they saw the airport terminal and fire and rescue center.   Gilson Spindle led the tour. For their next outing, the Scouts will participate in a community conservation project at Four Locks in Clear Spring.
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | July 22, 2010
After about 15 years as director of Hagerstown Regional Airport, Carolyn S. Motz has announced she plans to retire at the end of the year. "I just felt it was really a good time for me," Motz said Thursday, explaining she has been eligible to retire for about a year and already had put it off longer than she planned. The Washington County Commissioners agreed Tuesday that staff should prepare to seek a new director and said the vacancy presented an opportunity to consider restructuring the airport.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | January 28, 2013
Hagerstown Regional Airport plans to use $12,298 in leftover revenue from a past passenger facility charge to finish repainting lines on taxiways this year, Airport Director Phil Ridenour said Monday. The $12,298 is left over from a past $4.50 passenger facility charge that began in March 2002, according to Ridenour and Herald-Mail archives. At that time, the passenger facility charge was increased from $3 to $4.50 to raise $308,000 to pay for construction of a building to house snow removal equipment, to buy snow removal equipment, and to buy a wheelchair lift device, according to Herald-Mail archives.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | March 28, 2013
Businesses at Hagerstown Regional Airport have expressed concerns about the potential closure of the airport's air-traffic control tower as a result of federal budget cuts. At a roundtable meeting Wednesday, organized by Rider Jet Center, representatives of those businesses met to “get a uniform voice” about the situation, Airport Director Phil Ridenour said. According to Ridenour, the four-week phase-out of the 149 federal contract towers is set to begin April 7. Hagerstown's tower is scheduled to close May 5, he said.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | March 9, 2013
U.S. Rep. John Delaney visited the Hagerstown Regional Airport on Friday, taking time to speak with Washington County and airport officials about the possible affects that automatic federal spending cuts, known as sequestration, could have on the regional airport. Delaney, the U.S. representative for Maryland's 6th Congressional District, said the cuts could slash funding to the Federal Aviation Administration severely, potentially causing the closure of Hagerstown's air traffic control tower.
OPINION
By WILLIAM B. McKINLEY | April 6, 2013
Hagerstown Regional Airport (HGR) is one of the many hidden gems of Washington County. It is a primary link between our rural communities and the national transportation system. This link is vital to the growth of our county because it contributes to the economic base by providing and supporting the air transportation needs of the Quad-State area. Plus we cannot ignore the fact that the airport: • Costs very little to the taxpayer to operate. • Plays a key role in workforce development.
NEWS
July 15, 2013
Hagerstown Regional Airport surpassed 10,000 paying customers for commercial air service in 2012, securing a $1 million entitlement through the Federal Aviation Administration, Airport Director Phil Ridenour said last week. The airport totaled 10,207 enplanements, or passenger boardings, for Allegiant Air and Sun Air flights in the 2012 calendar year, up from 2011's total of 5,618 passengers, according to FAA statistics. The additional funds will be used for infrastructure improvements, general upkeep and safety projects, Ridenour said.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | March 27, 2013
An economic impact study released Monday by the Maryland Aviation Administration ranked Hagerstown Regional Airport third out of 35 public-use airports in the state for 2012. Throughout the state, nearly 8,700 jobs can be traced to the aviation industry, creating personal wages of more than $442 million in the past year, the study shows. Additionally, more than $665 million in business revenue was generated, including approximately $222 million as a result of local purchases. Generating more than $109 million in business revenues and supporting a total of 1,338 aviation-related jobs, Hagerstown trailed only Martin State Airport ($224 million)
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | April 4, 2013
Without a staffed air traffic control tower, “there is going to be an incident” involving aircraft at or near Hagerstown Regional Airport, one concerned business owner said Thursday. “I feel very strongly that we are going to have an incident, and it's going to impact people on the ground as well as the crew in the aircraft when that happens,” said Austin Heffernan, owner of Royal Aircraft Services LLC on Airpark Road. Heffernan was one of five airport business officials who spoke Thursday during a news conference at the airport terminal, highlighting the local impact of proposed FAA cuts that would eliminate federal funding to 149 air control towers due to across-the-board cuts known as sequestration.
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NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | August 26, 2013
Expanding existing commercial air service and targeting new leisure destinations are two recommendations for future growth at the Hagerstown Regional Airport, according to a third-party consultant study. Virginia-based AvPorts, a firm with decades of experience in airport management, development and marketing, presented an overview of its study to Washington County officials on Aug. 20. The comprehensive 192-page marketing plan also suggests that airport officials look into establishing air cargo service for businesses, and increasing promotional efforts for existing businesses at the airport and to attract new ones.
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NEWS
July 19, 2013
Fly-In and Young Eagles Day Free Young Eagle airplane rides for children ages 8 to 17. Learn about small planes, then get a free flight. 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday. Hagerstown Regional Airport, 18434 Showalter Road, Hagerstown. Call Joe Boyle at 301-797-1875 or email joeboyle1@verizon.net . Williamsport Bike Night Beer garden, food court, bike show, bike builders, vendors, ugliest tattoo contest, and music by Calisus and Nigel Dupree. 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday.
NEWS
July 17, 2013
The fourth annual Discovery Station Hangarfest will be Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Rider Jet Center at Hagerstown Regional Airport. The Reagan Years, a 1980s tribute band, will perform. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $20 and are on sale. The event will include food and a cash bar. Tickets are available at Discovery Station by calling 301-790-0076. For more information, go to www.discoverystation.org.
NEWS
July 15, 2013
Hagerstown Regional Airport surpassed 10,000 paying customers for commercial air service in 2012, securing a $1 million entitlement through the Federal Aviation Administration, Airport Director Phil Ridenour said last week. The airport totaled 10,207 enplanements, or passenger boardings, for Allegiant Air and Sun Air flights in the 2012 calendar year, up from 2011's total of 5,618 passengers, according to FAA statistics. The additional funds will be used for infrastructure improvements, general upkeep and safety projects, Ridenour said.
NEWS
By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | alnotarianni@aol.com | July 13, 2013
Pilots were not the only ones propelling objects through the air Saturday morning at Hagerstown Regional Airport. Players bent the metaphorical throttle on dodgeballs, sending them hurling across the field to wallop opposing team members. “It's fun to hit people,” player Ian Donnakay said. “Anybody will let you know it's fun to hit somebody as hard and you can. And the balls are soft enough to where none of us are getting really hurt.” It was people such as Donnakay, 30, of Greencastle, Pa., who Allegiant Airlines counted on when it unveiled its Dodge High Fares national advertising campaign.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 17, 2013
1. Free flight for Young Eagles Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 36 offers free airplane rides for ages 7 to 17, weather permitting. Pancake breakfast. Also, several types of aircraft on display. 8 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 22. Hagerstown Regional Airport, Airport Fire House, 18434 Showalter Road, Hagerstown. For information, call Joe at 301-797-1875. 2. Car show in Waynesboro Classic automobiles will be on display. Food, sidewalk sales, special promotions.
NEWS
By RAYCHEL HARVEY-JONES | Raychel@herald-mail.com | June 13, 2013
Howard Leedham spent a year in Pakistan leading a force of soldiers who, among other things, raided Taliban camps and conducted other anti-terrorist activities. The retired British Royal Navy lieutenant commander recounts his experiences in a new book, “Ask Forgiveness Not Permission: The true story of an operation in Pakistan's badlands.” The book recounts how Leedham was recruited by the U.S. State Department to activate a fleet of anti-terrorist helicopters given to the Pakistan armed forces to combat terrorist activity in the region, according to a news release.
NEWS
June 9, 2013
Allegiant Air will be halting its service from Hagerstown to Orlando, Fla., in August. Does that signify the airline might be leaving Hagerstown Regional Airport? The question comes from Howie Lore of Winchester, Va., who recently sent an email to The Herald-Mail saying the airline was only booking flights on its website through Aug. 13. “... Is this a sign once again of departing Hagerstown?” Lore asked. He said in a follow-up email that he and others enjoy being able to fly out of Hagerstown rather than traveling to Baltimore or Washington, D.C. According to Allegiant spokeswoman Jessica Wheeler, the airline has no intentions of leaving Hagerstown and the absence of available flights after Aug. 13 is only part of its “seasonal suspension” of service.
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