Category Archives: Dept. of Aviation

Aurora Airport master plan under dispute

Revelation that the plan might not have been approved could affect grant application for runway extension. The revelation that the Oregon Aviation Board might not have approved the 2012 Aurora Airport Master Plan has created another wrinkle in the ongoing dispute surrounding the potential development of a runway extension at the airport and uncertainty about […]
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Air service backers raise money to bring flights back to Salem

United Airlines and SkyWest Airlines are top prospects for returning commercial passenger flights back to Salem’s McNary Field as early as 2020. The announcement Thursday came from Brent DeHart, one of the effort’s backers who was fresh off a trip last week to Tucson, Ariz., to speed date with major U.S. airlines. The key proposed […]
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Salem passenger flight proposal gets a lift from state aviation grant

The Oregon State Aviation Board has awarded a grant of up to $500,000 to a coalition of Salem business leaders hoping to return commercial passenger flights to Seattle, San Francisco and Denver from McNary Field. The grant money awarded under the Rural Oregon Airport Relief Program, or ROAR, will pay for recruitment efforts and supplement a “revenue guarantee […]
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Group pushing for commercial air service at Salem Municipal Airport lands grant

A grant worth up to $500,000 from the Oregon Department of Aviation will help recruit an airliner and eventually market its services, the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce said Friday. The chamber said they plan to have “initial meetings” with airlines later this month. Source: Group pushing for commercial air service at Salem Municipal Airport […]
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Newport Wants To Restore Airline Service With State Grant

City officials in Newport say they’ve arranged for passenger airline flights to resume for the first time in nearly a decade. But the air service is contingent on the city getting a $500,000 grant from the Oregon Department of Aviation, through the agency’s Rural Oregon Airport Relief Program. Source: Newport Wants To Restore Airline Service With […]
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Helicopters rumbling over Salem last night were U.S. Army special ops

Low-flying Chinook helicopters rattled residents late Thursday night from South Salem to Keizer. For much of the day after, no one seemed to know who they were or where they came from. They weren’t from the Oregon National Guard. They weren’t based locally. Source: Helicopters rumbling over Salem last night were U.S. Army special ops

McLeod-Skinner among those nominated to state boards

Four Deschutes County residents on list from Gov. Kate Brown. Gov. Kate Brown on Tuesday nominated four Deschutes County residents to state boards, including former congressional candidate Jamie McLeod-Skinner. McLeod-Skinner, from Terrebonne, was nominated to a four-year term on the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board. The board provides state grants for projects to protect or restore […]
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Port of Astoria sees big economic impact at airport

A $75.5 million benefit. The Port of Astoria hopes the Astoria Regional Airport’s connection to the military and Columbia River commerce will help the aging airfield get a higher priority with the state. The state is updating the Oregon Aviation Plan for the first time in more than a decade. Gary Kobes, the Port’s airport […]
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Hearing pits residents against business interests

Hundreds show up to public hearing about Aurora Airport runway extension grant. Source: Hearing pits residents against business interests

Salem passenger flights a step closer as council OKs grant application

A coalition of business leaders pushing to bring commercial passenger flights back to Salem’s McNary Field will apply for a $500,000 state airport grant next year, one of the biggest steps in returning the service to Salem as early as 2020. Source: Salem passenger flights a step closer as council OKs grant application