Meeting: Dubois County Airport Authority

The Dubois County Airport Authority met Monday and:

• Decided to see if any local agencies were interested in taking one of the two radio towers the authority removed and replaced recently. Ohio Township Volunteer Fire Department in Spencer County and the Dubois County Emergency Management Agency expressed interest in having a tower, Airport Manager Travis McQueen said. Phil Schneider, attorney for the airport board, said that he will check into the details for giving or selling the towers. Since the Federal Aviation Administration gave money to the authority for installing and removing the towers, there could be specific stipulations for getting rid of the towers in the grant contract, he explained. Airport board members were fine with giving the towers away to an agency, but they wanted to make sure there wasn’t another Dubois County agency that wanted or needed one.

• Heard from McQueen that he is talking to a junior college representative about a potential partnership for creating an aviation program at the college. A program could put students on a path to obtaining a bachelor’s degree. The idea is in the discussion stage.

• Learned that the airport is partnering with the Evansville and Daviess County airports for the next “Rusty Pilot” seminar, which is sponsored by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. The seminar, which is geared toward getting longtime and retired pilots back into the air, will be held on March 24 at the Huntingburg Airport. The last seminar was held in August and was well attended, with 24 participants; some of those attendees came as far as three hours away, McQueen said. By partnering with the airports in Daviess County and Evansville, seminar attendees will be able go to those airports to fly with an instructor; for some pilots, one of those airports might be closer to where they live, McQueen said.

• Heard an update on the two-seat Sonex airplane that area high school students have been working on since 2015. In the last six months, students have attached the tail feathers and the fuselage, which is the body of the plane. Now, some fundraising needs to be done to purchase the wing kit for the students to assemble.

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