General Aviation Airports Receive Notable Enhancements
Local and transient general aviation pilots will notice numerous improvements to the two general aviation airports operated by the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority as the busy summer flying season takes off. Enhancements completed this past year at both General DeWitt Spain Airport, located north of downtown Memphis, and Charles W. Baker Airport in Millington, Tennessee, include:
- New Security Surveillance System to monitor vehicle entrances, aircraft parking ramp areas and public entrances to the terminal building.
- Bio-metric Vehicle Access Control System for positive control of airside access.
- Perimeter fence and lighting were added to increase integrity of the areas and better illuminate the aircraft ramp and parking areas.
Additionally at General DeWitt Spain Airport:
- The terminal building was renovated to provide pilots and their passengers 24-hour access to the computerized weather and flight planning equipment, the restrooms and the snack machines.
- Fixed Base Operator Downtown Aviation began providing aircraft maintenance services in May. The company will build a new 10,000 square foot hanger to accommodate the growth in business.
Even more improvements are being planned this next year including:
- New T-hangars to be developed at General DeWitt Spain Airport to accommodate increasing demand.
- Automated Weather Observation System (AWOS) for both airports that will allow pilots to receive weather/field conditions via radio.
- Remote Communications Outlets (RCO) for both airports, giving pilots the ability to contact Departure Control, receive flight clearances, and close flight plans.