Category Archives: Dept. of Aviation

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

Bandon State Airport receives upgrades

While some residents and visitors may be surprised to learn that Bandon has an airport, those who are intimately involved in its daily operations are as busy as ever. Source: Bandon State Airport receives upgrades | News |

What would Aurora State Airport expansion mean for Salem?

A few years ago, an Alaska Airlines plane bound for Portland International Airport was forced to reroute due to a storm in Portland and landed at Salem Municipal Airport. It highlighted a need. Source: What would Aurora State Airport expansion mean for Salem?

Aurora Airport dispute to be mediated

Legislative board shelves decision on runway extension; Wilsonville does not support development at airport Source: Aurora Airport dispute to be mediated

Airport grant worries farmland preservationists

Opponents of a runway expansion at Oregon’s Aurora State Airport worry a $33.3 million federal grant application may lead to more development on farmland. Farmer Mike Iverson grows fresh market vegetables along both sides of the Aurora State Airport, so a prospective runway expansion makes him nervous for several reasons. Source: Airport grant worries farmland […]
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Hobby Field Airport, Creswell, receives grant for new taxiway

Hobby Field Airport in Creswell, one of the state’s busiest little airports, needs a new taxiway. On Friday, U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Springfield, announced that the airport will get a $200,000 federal grant to get the first part of the project underway. Source: Hobby Field Airport, Creswell, receives grant for new taxiway – News – […]
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