Well…if not a part of aviation history then at least you’ll know where you’d be on the third Thursday of the month at 2pm; serving on the Newport Airport Advisory Board.
It’s an interesting time for the Newport Airport. It continues being a big money-loser for the city but that hasn’t dampened the hopes of city fathers and mothers for it to become an economic asset for the community. Although SeaPort Air has flown the coop on airline service, efforts are moving ahead to enlist another airline. But in the midst of the country’s stubbornly long recession, the list of high flying dating partners is pretty short, if you can say that it exists at all. But Spring always follows Winter and with it “Hope Springs Eternal.”
There’s been lots of talk about Newport turning over management of the airport to a competent “fixed base operator,” as they say in the airport business. Usually such operators make enough income on aviation fuel sales to make the job worth it. But with the departure of SeaPort, that revenue stream has been reduced to its pre-SeaPort levels. There’s been talk of NOAA bringing one of their twin engine “Otters” to homebase itself at Newport. But thus far, it’s only talk. But you never know. And there is a major push by Newport’s business community to begin capitalizing not only on the creation of NOAA’s new Pacific Marine Heaquarters but also on the National Science Foundation’s Ocean Observation industry that is gathering critical mass on and offshore. And all that, of course, would be expected to produce increased airport activity there at SE 84th and 101.
So, it could be an interesting ride for anyone who signs up for the solo slot still open on the Airport Committee. Here’s the city’s official announcement of the opening:
The City of Newport is seeking applications from citizens interested in serving on the Airport Committee. The Airport Committee meets monthly on the third Thursday, at 2:00 P.M., at City Hall. It is charged with recommending rules and regulations for the Newport Municipal Airport; recommending policies governing the use of airport property; reviewing and reporting to the Council on matters referred to it by the Council; making studies or reports relating to the Newport Municipal Airport; and promoting the Newport Municipal Airport.
Anyone interested in serving on this committee should apply using the city’s committee application which is found on the city website at www.newportoregon.gov; click on “City;” then on “Committees;” and then on “Application for Committee/Commission.”
The completed form can be submitted electronically. Copies of the committee application form can also be obtained by contacting the City Manager’s Office at 169 SW Coast Highway, Newport, Oregon 97365, or by calling 541.574.0613. The application deadline is August 16th.
The Airport Committee will interview interested volunteers at its August 18th meeting, and will forward a recommendation to the City Council for formal appointment at its September 6th meeting.