Approximately 100 people turned out for the Fly-in and ribbon cutting for the new hangar and terminal at the Rooks County Regional Airport on July 30, 2016. The building was completed in just under a year using Federal Aviation Administration grant money, with a 10% local match.
The terminal building has space for pilots to get in out of the weather, check forecasts, and a small meeting space. It also has a restroom with a small shower facility. “Having the restroom available is very important” said Economic Development Director Roger Hrabe, who also manages the airport. “We have flights coming in from all the surrounding states and beyond.”
The hangar building will allow for temporary storage for overnight or short-term visits. At 52 feet by 56 feet, the hangar is large enough to hand several planes or a small jet.
On hand for the ribbon cutting were KDOT Director Richard Carlson, KDOT Director of Aviation Merrill Atwater, as well as other state and local dignitaries.