Walter Cathey Named Manager of the Year
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Southern Region Airports Division has named Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority's Walter E. Cathey, its "2007 General Aviation Airport Manager of the Year" for the entire Southern Region which is comprised of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands.
The FAA Southern Region bestows this honor annually on someone who has exhibited exceptional aviation leadership and has tirelessly worked to promote the aviation industry, or has striven to achieve efficiencies and improved productivity with their organization.
Cathey has led a lot of improvements at both general aviation airports over the past several years and is definitely a high-flier at the airport. Since he became Manager of General Aviation for these airports, fuel sales and revenues have increased and security standards have been raised to a higher level. Even with the 20 new T-hangars that were recently completed at General DeWitt Spain, Cathey still has a waiting list for aircraft hangar space at the two airports.
Auotmated Weather Observation Systems (AWOS) have been installed at General DeWitt Spain and Charles W. Baker Airports
General DeWitt Spain Airport and Charles W. Baker Airport have undergone terminal building renovations as well as several important airfield improvements. Automated Weather Observation Systems (AWOS) have been installed at both airports. They currently are only in operation for advisory information until they are certified in the next several months. New Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI) light systems have been installed at both ends of each airport's runway, replacing the Visual Approach Slope Indicator (VASI) light system. Also, the Runway End Identifier Lights (REIL) is in the process of being replaced. All of these improvements and the future projects will help to bring increased transient, corporate, and locally based general aviation business to these vital airports.