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City of Concord Regional Airport  - May 2011 News

 

Greetings! 

 

 

Thank you for your support and interest in the Concord Regional Airport. This newsletter is one way for us to keep you informed and share what has been and what will be going on at the airport.  
  
As you will see in this newsletter issue, the month of May is one of our busiest times of the year with a lot of extra out-of-town visitors for all the race related activities and events. 
  
At Concord Regional Airport we focus on three main things: Safety, Security, and Ourstanding Customer Service. We value our customers and work to provide good value and experience for all customers and visitors using our services and facilities.  
  
Please help us get the word out by forwarding this newsletter to those you know who have an interest in the airport.
  
Also, be sure to visit our website and if you use social media sites such as facebook and twitter, please "like" or "follow" us too.

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Sincerely, 

  
  
  

 

Rob Walter

Aviation Development Manger

City of Concord Regional Airport

Concord Regional Airport Ready  for 2011 May Race Events at CMS

 

CRA is excited to welcome race fans to Concord, NC this month.

 All Star Race 2011

From May 19th through May 29th,  numerous racing related Race Week Events

 go on in the area from race shop open houses, 600 Festival -Speed Street, Pit Crew Challenge, and NASCAR Hall of Fame activities. At least four racing events go on at the Charlotte Motor Speedway highlighted by the NASCAR All-Star Race and the Memorial Day weekend Coca-Cola 600 Sprint Cup race.  

 

The airport is located about three miles from the track and activity can get pretty busy during this time as visitors fly and drive into our area for these events. In addition, we host many of the military demonstration, helicopter shuttles, and banner towing operations that occur at the Speedway.

 

Our staffing and hours will be adjusted to ensure we are able to serve existing customers and those customers flying in for the race events. In addition, the tower will be open late after race events to help with aircraft departures.   

 2011 Coke 600 Race

Again this year, Shuttle Specialty, Inc will be providing transportation to and from the Airport to the Speedway for both Sprint Cup races and the Nationwide Series race.  The cost to avoid the hassles driving through the traffic and finding close parking will be $30 for the round trip. Rides are in a comfortable air conditioned van or bus that picks up and drops off right in front of the Speedway.  

 

Shuttle Specialty will have a representative and buses waiting at the Airport for the Coca-Cola 600.  For the other two races customers, or the airport customer service desk, can call for the pickup at (704) 598-3644. 

 

This year, for the Coke 600 race, Papa John's Pizza is providing pizzas for a complementary lunch to those at the airport in the afternoon. For those at the airport during the race, the race can be watched on on our HDTV in the terminal lobby.  Pilots can also relax in our pilot lounge with computer stations, large recliners, and satellite TV. We usually have several pilots with us most of the evening during the race events waiting on passengers who depart once the race is over.

 

For our customers who need aircraft services, such as fuel, please allow for extra time and get your requests in to our customer service desk as early as possible, we will be handling requests on a first-come, first-served basis.

Celebration of Flight will kick off with a Runway Fun Run
Celebration of Flight will be Saturday, October 29th and Sunday October 30th! 
 
Celebration of Flight 2011After such a great turnout for our Open House in 2010 with over 5,000 people, we have elected to do it again in 2011 this time
creating an inaugural Celebration of Flight event. Although not an "airshow" we hope to have plenty of static aircraft and activities on the ramp and several aircraft flybys.
  
New this year will be a fun 5k run to kick off the event that will take runners down part of the runway and around the airport. In addition, a hangar breakfast is in the works and activities for kids. The main Celebration of Flight event will be free but the breakfast and fun run will have a small cost.
  
Event planning is going on right now we are looking for static aircraft and aircraft willing to do flybys, as well as sponsors, vendors, and volunteers.  

If you or a group or business you are involved with would like to participate, please contact Rob Walter with the contact information. Rob can be reached by email or by phone at (704) 920-5914 
  
Our next planning meeting will be on May 19th at 10:30 AM.
Gate Access and Security
Compliance with Gate Security Procedures is required by everyone

 

For everyone's safety, and as security is tightened at most government facilities, we want to remind our tenants and visitors to make sure you are following all posted security procedures when coming on the airport. security gate sign

 

One important requirement to remember is do not follow another vehicle (piggy back) and do not allow another vehicle to follow you through any airport secure gates. Stop and wait for gate to close after entry or exit before proceeding.
  
Everyone must swipe their ID badge or enter their security code before entering the secured area. 
  
If someone is having trouble with a gate or code, all gates are under camera surveillance monitored remotely via two way paging system, that individual should hit the call button and follow instructions given to them. That may require renewing their gate access, registering with the aviation department at the terminal building and waiting for an escort to their destination on the airport.
  
All employees / tenants who work or have an aircraft based at the airport should also have their airport issued ID displayed on them at all times when at the airport. Also, turn in badges and report employees no longer with your company.  If your badge has expired or if you have a new employee, contact Glenn Hatley with the aviation department at (704) 920-5951 and he will instruct you as to what you need to do to obtain a current ID badge.

 

 EAA Young Eagles Rally May 14th
EAA Volunteers giving kids their first flight experience at JQF
 
Concord Regional Airport will be hosting EAA Chapter 309 as they hold a Young Eagles Rally on Saturday, May 14th starting at 10:00am.
  
EAA Young EaglesThe EAA Young Eagles program was launched in 1992 to give interested young people, ages 8 - 17, an opportunity to go flying in a general aviation airplane. These flights, which are about 15 to 20 minutes,  are offered free of charge and are made possible through the generosity of EAA member volunteers.

Since 1992, more than 1.6 million Young Eagles have enjoyed a flight through the program. Phillips 66 Aviation is a big supporter of the program and offers the volunteer pilots a generous rebate of fuel purchased for the flights.

 

EAA Chapter309 has set up a webpage for the event for those interested in volunteering or participating in the event:
  
  
Airport staff will set up a special area for aircraft to be parked and for participants waiting for their flight. The Control Tower will be asking for our tenant's consideration by avoiding doing pattern work to help make the operation as efficient as possible.
  
We are expecting around 5 aircraft and 40 to 50 kids to participate at the Rally. Parents and Guardians are encourage to bring your family and your cameras and enjoy your time at Concord Regional Airport. Rain Date will be Sunday May 15th.
 
  
Airport Stormwater Pollution Training Coming Soon
 
New Required Training for Airport Employees and Tenants that perform maintanence, hangaring, and or cleaning of aircraft at the Airport
 
 

Storm drain graphicOne of the many regulations that the City of Concord Aviation Department needs to comply with to operate the Concord Regional Airport relates to stormwater runoff. We have been issued a general permit by the State of North Carolina, Department of Environment and Natural Resources - Division of Water Quality. This current permit runs from September 1, 2009 through August 31, 2014 and has many requirements including a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP)  development, training, inspections and recordkeeping to stay in compliance with the permit.  

 

The Airport has recently completed its SWPPP which address many of the aspects on how we will comply with the permit and prevent pollution from entering the storm drains.

 

One of those aspects is development of an annual training program, including one for tenants that do certain activities at the airport like aircraft or vehicle maintenance and or cleaning activities. The training must cover the components and goals of the SWPPP, and include training on spill response, good housekeeping, material management practices, and Best Management Practices (BMP) operation and maintenance.

 

If your company does any of these activities at the airport or just wants to learn more about our SWPPP, please contact Assistant Aviation Director, Ray Farrington at (704) 920-5913 to set up a time for you and your staff to go through the powerpoint training program.

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GAAC - New Logo
  
GAAC Now Open To All Supporters of General Avation Airports.

 

GAAC's mission is to preserve and promote our nation's general aviation airports. Concord Regional Airport is a founding member of the organization that was started earlier this year.

 

Membership in the organization has recently been opened to all airports, individuals, businesses, and organizations interested in maintaining a strong network of general aviation airports around the U.S.
  
Please check out the GAAC Website at www.gaairportcoalition.org for additional information about the organization and membership costs.

 

In This Issue
Preparing for May Race Weeks
Celebration of Flight Event
Gate Access and Security
EAA Young Eagles Rally
Pollution Prevention Training
Consider Joining GAAC
New e-mail for airport staff
Connect on Social Media
Bean Cookoff Competition
Control Tower Nominated
Driving on the Airport
Cookies on Fridays
Temporary Parking Expanded
New E-mail Addresses for all Airport Staff
  
The City of Concord this month changed its website address (URL) to a more user friendly www.concordnc.gov. This change will affect the airport in a few ways but our www.concordairportnc.com website address will not change.
  
The new URL address creates a simplified email address for all city staff. What was user@ci.concord.nc.us has become user@concordnc.gov. The old email addresses will function for the foreseeable future to allow plenty of time for a transition.

 

So the next time you update your address book or need to e-mail us, please remember to use the new address to reach us.:

 

 

Director of Aviation - Dick Lewis
lewisr@concordnc.gov

 

Assistant Aviation Director
 
Ray Farrington
farrinr@concordnc.gov

  

Executive Assistant - Karen Miller
millerk@concordnc.gov

 

Business Development Manager
Rob Walter
walterr@concordnc.gov

 

Aviation Coordinator - Susan Green
greens@concordnc.gov

 

Aviation Supervisor / Line Service
Glenn Hatley
hatleyg@concordnc.gov

 

Lead Customer Service   
Ashley Patriarca

patriarc@concordnc.gov

 

Aviation Supervisor / Maintenance
 
Danny Jacobs
jacobsd@concordnc.gov

 

Accounting Supervisor
 
Pam Hartsell
hartselp@concordnc.gov

 

 

 
Social Media Impact Growing

Thanks to the 394 fans we have on facebook and the 126 people who follow us on twitter

Concord Regional Airport is also on  linkedin and foursquare  so please  reach out and connect with us there too.
Airport Cook-off Update

A couple times a year to have some friendly competition, a little fun, and enhance morale the airport hosts different events for employees.

We held a Chili Cookoff in February that was blindly judged by employees, tenants, and a few customers. Airport Maintenance Worker Roger Griffin won that challenge (and trophy) with his version of Turkey Chili.
Chili trophy
Our next challenge will be a "Bean" cookoff. Any type of bean dish will qualify. Our Aviation Director challenges all staff and tenants who want to participate to beat his famous Lewis Family Green Bean recipe.
 
Please come out and enjoy some great food or join in on the fun with a dish of your own on June 3rd at 11:30 at the airport terminal building. 
 
Future challenges will be BBQ, desert, and another Chili Cookoff.

 

Contract Control Tower Willie Card Award Nomination
  
The Concord Regional Airport Control tower was nominated for the 2011 Willie F. Card Contract Tower Service Award.

 

The Willie F. Card Award is presented annually to the FAA federal contract tower that most closely mirrors the vision of what the contract tower program exemplifies: a tower facility that provides excellent air traffic control services, both from a safety and customer service perspective, to all stakeholders in the local aviation community, with a professional and courteous attitude.  
  
Many of our airport users feel that our tower meets and exceeds the award criteria and several helped up with the nomination process by sending letters of support sharing specific examples where our tower has gone above and beyond.
  
 The winner of the award will be announced in August and the annual Contract Tower Association Conference. We feel the Concord Regional Airport tower has a very good chance of receiving the award and we sincerely appreciation all the help with the nomination process.
Driving on the Airport  Ramp
  
For safety security and insurance reasons, our policy is not to allow private vehicles on the ramp areas at the airport. We have air conditioned shuttle as well as several golf carts to transport people to and from the terminal building to their aircraft as necessary.
  
For those tenants and contractors and government / public safety employees that may need airfield  access for specific reasons, the FAA requires that all individuals take a Airport Specific Driving Safety course annually.
  
This can now be done on-line. You can  view the non-movement area airport driver manual, watch the FAA Airport driving safety video, and take and knowledge exam (now graded instantly) all from your desk computer or laptop with Internet access.  
  
Contact Glenn Hatley at (704) 920-5951 for more information on driver training requirements, procedures, and how to get set up on this program.
Otis Spunkmeyer Cookies
  
Otis Spunkmeyer
  
Avis Car Rental and the Airport have partnered together to treat customers to fresh baked Otis Spunkmeyer Cookies and lemonade on Fridays in the airport terminal.
  
We have had great response from customers who can smell the cookies baking when they walk in the building. 
  
We are always looking for small ways to improve the customer / visitor experience at the airport. If you have some suggestions please let us know. 

 

Temporary Parking Expanded at South Development Area
  
Gravel has recently been added to the airport's South Development Area's north pad to allow for additional space to park cars that use the NASCAR team shuttle flights. 
  
The airport can now accommodate at least two 737 flights in the SDA which should make it more convenient for our customers.
  
The South Development Area is accessed via Zephyr Drive and is designated for private / corporate hangar construction. Until those lots are leased, the area serves an an ideal location for the shuttle flights as customers can park their vehicles right where they get on the aircraft. The area is also inside the security fence and monitored by video cameras for added security while customers are away.   
Phillips 66 Aviation
We appreciate your business!
 
The City of Concord Regional Airport is more than just the best way in and out of Charlotte. Our airport's proximity to I-85 puts it in the heart of the highest growth corridor in North Carolina and offers convenient access to Charlotte Motor Speedway, the new Z-max Dragway, Concord Mills Mall, premier golf courses, local business parks, and restaurants. Open "24 / 7", we offer a secure ramp area and control tower as well on site Fire and Rescue.
Come experience our "Southern Hospitality" and our "award winning customer service" for yourself. We think you will agree Concord Regional Airport is the only choice when flying into the Charlotte/Concord area.