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2016 New Mexico Airport Managers Association Awards Announced

RUIDOSO, NM (May 12, 2016) – The annual New Mexico Aviation Conference was recently held in Ruidoso where FAA and State Aviation representatives, airport managers, along with aviation industry and pilot representatives gathered to attend training workshops and exhibits.  A series of workshops were held to update attendees on the latest in aviation grant funding, the New Mexico Statewide System Plan and changes in Federal and State requirements.  One of the highlights of the conference was the awards ceremony where the following entities received outstanding recognition:

  • Airport Manager of the Year: Bob Hudson, Moriarty Municipal Airport. Bob has worked tirelessly to promote the Moriarty airport.  During his tenure, the airport has added eight new hangars with two more hangers in development along with the construction of a new runway, perimeter fence, improvements to several taxiways, installation of new airfield lighting and repaving the entrance road.  In addition to the airport improvements, Bob has promoted the creation of an aviation commercial sector to the airport which now has a state-of-the-art 69,000 square foot facility that can support a large aviation related manufacturing operation.
  • Most Improved Airport: Lea County Jal Airport. Corey Needham has recently spearheaded multiple projects which include a rehabilitation of Runway 01-19 and aprons and taxiways, the construction of a new general aviation pilot’s lounge and restroom, a fabulous new airport entrance sign and the construction of a new fuel farm.
  •  Airshow/Event of the Year: Double Eagle Aviation Adventure. This unique summer camp caters to students, ages fourteen to seventeen years old, and allows them the opportunity to explore a future in aviation, inspired by career speakers including pilots, mechanics, air traffic controllers, engineers and other aviation experts.  Jay Ashbacher, with Molzen Corbin, volunteered as a presenter at this year’s camp and shared his experience in the engineering profession with over twenty four students.
  •  Airport of the Year: Belen Alexander Municipal Airport. The Belen airport recently completed the construction of a second runway which will improve safety and efficiency on the airfield by providing a much needed crosswind runway, as well as enhance economic development for the entire community. The runway will expand airport service by accommodating larger aircraft.  In addition to enhancing the safety of current operations at the airport, the construction of this runway may provide future partnerships between the U.S. Air Force and the City of Belen.

Molzen Corbin is honored to work with each of these airports and would like to congratulate all the recipients for their service and dedication to the aviation industry.

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New Mexico Airport System Plan Update

LAS CRUCES, NM (February 16, 2016) – Aviation plays a crucial role in New Mexico by providing access to critical services such as air ambulance, firefighting, agricultural spraying, law enforcement, military and pilot training, air cargo services, business travel, and tourism.  As such, the New Mexico Airport System Plan (NMASP) is currently being updated to evaluate the economic impacts of aviation to our community, and develop a planning mechanism to evaluate and monitor future infrastructure needs.  The NMASP serves as a working blueprint for future airport planning.

In February, the NMASP committee members gathered for a final meeting to review and evaluate the goals and measurements of the report.  This committee consists of elected officials, FAA and state agency representatives, airport managers, along with aviation industry and pilot representatives.  The public was also invited to a Public Information Workshop to see, first-hand, the infrastructure investments that are being proposed at airports throughout the State.

 

For over half a century, Molzen Corbin has partnered with communities across the State to develop and fund airport projects that fuel economic growth, support tourism and protect public safety. Our experience ranges from small general aviation airports like Jal Airport to large commercial hubs like the Albuquerque Sunport, as well as the runway at Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built, commercial spaceport. 

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New Runway Opens in Belen

BELEN, NM (November 20, 2015) – Local and state officials joined to celebrate the new crosswind runway at the Belen Alexander Municipal Airport.  The ribbon cutting event was announced by Mayor Jerah Cordova in an effort to improve safety and efficiency on the existing runway, as well as enhance economic development for the entire community.  Mayor Cordova highlighted the positive economic impacts from investment in infrastructure.  “We have had interest from aviation related businesses, everything from cargo to basic transport, shuttling people back and forth.”  The runway will expand airport service by accommodating larger aircraft. In fact, City leaders are also working with the U.S. Air Force to generate future training opportunities for military missions.  The addition of this runway enhances Belen’s multi-modal transportation leadership position that includes a major rail facility and interstate highway access.

The $5.5 million construction project was completed early and was funded by the City of Belen and the New Mexico Department of Transportation Aviation Division.  For local news coverage of the ribbon cutting event, please visit KRQE at www.krqe.com/belen.

For over half a century, Molzen Corbin has partnered with communities across the State to develop and fund airport projects that fuel economic growth, support tourism and protect public safety. Our experience ranges from small general aviation airports like Jal Airport to large commercial hubs like the Albuquerque Sunport, as well as the runway at Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built, commercial spaceport.  

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