YEAGER AIRPORT TAKES BIG STEP IN ELECTRIFYING CRW WITH SEVERAL EVTOL OPPORTUNITIES

YEAGER AIRPORT TAKES BIG STEP IN ELECTRIFYING CRW WITH SEVERAL EVTOL OPPORTUNITIES

YEAGER AIRPORT TAKES BIG STEP IN ELECTRIFYING CRW WITH SEVERAL EVTOL OPPORTUNITIES

On Wednesday, the Central West Virginia Regional Airport Authority approved entering into a contract with The Thrasher Group. Airport Design Consultants Inc. and Marshall University Center for Business and Economic Research will be sub-consultants. The agreement means a team of consultants will be fully engaged to prepare CRW and West Virginia for electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) infrastructure.

CRW is working on multiple funding opportunities for the build-out of electric infrastructure at multiple West Virginia locations to operate eVTOL aircraft.

The contract will build on work conducted over the last six weeks where Thrasher and CRW, along with Marshall University, and the Robert C. Byrd Institute, have been working on several eVTOL opportunities, including:

  1. Establishing Air Taxi Intrastate Air Service and an eVTOL Center of Excellence
    1. The overall vision is for CRW to become a hub for future air taxi services with airline connections. The airport will serve as a center of excellence for eVTOL training and operations.
  2. Battery Research Center
    1. CRW will work with Marshall University, private companies, and others to explore opening the world’s first aerospace battery research center.
  3. Manufacturing Facility
    1. Thrasher will work with CRW to identify potential sites and conduct design work for aerospace components manufacturing facilities.
  4. Vertiports & electrification infrastructure
  5. Thrasher and sub-consultants will design eVTOL electric infrastructure, charging stations, landing pad facilities, vertiports, heliports, flight simulators, and associated support infrastructure at multiple locations
  6. CRW Airport Electrification Project
    1. This will include the design and construction of electrical infrastructure, landing pad, and aircraft charging stations.
    2. Design and construction of the aerospace economic development center, which would consist of a 10,000 square foot hangar for electric and other aircraft, terminal building for general aviation users, an innovation center, and aerospace business incubator and accelerator that will serve as a hub for the state.

 

Airport Director Nick Keller says the agreement is a significant milestone for CRW’s zero-emissions aviation industry. “This work and our partnership with the Thrasher Group will ensure the State of West Virginia is at the forefront of the emerging eVTOL industry, attracting good paying high tech aerospace jobs to the Mountain State”

Thrasher’s Director of Marketing, Heidi Handley, says this will be a transformational project. “As a West Virginia-based firm, it is exciting to be a part of an innovative project with such big implications for our state. The introduction of eVTOL truly can reshape the aerospace industry and greatly impact the economy throughout West Virginia. This will bring new, well-paying jobs – not only in the aviation space but through the construction and manufacturing industries that support eVTOL.”

Both parties will work closely to explore opportunities for how this type of technology can fit into existing and future operations at CRW with the plan of maximizing job opportunities and simplifying travel throughout the state.

About Yeager Airport (CRW): A study done by the West Virginia Aeronautics Commission says Yeager Airport is responsible for nearly 3,000 jobs and has a $225-million economic impact in the state. Yeager Airport is the largest commercial Airport in West Virginia, with service provided by American, Delta, Spirit, and United Airlines. The Airport’s Organizational Vision is: “To become the most important economic engine for the state through advances in aviation and education.” Yeager Airport, in conjunction with the West Virginia National Guard, hosts the Home Base Program. The program works to facilitate military ground, tactical, and air training in West Virginia.

For more information, please contact:

Rachel Urbanski, Public Affairs Specialist

rurbanski@yeagerairport.com

304-590-6164

United States Customs and Border Patrol Building Q & A

United States Customs and Border Patrol Building Q & A

Yeager Airport (CRW) will soon be on a NEW map as construction of a standalone United States Customs and Border Protection building wraps up this November.

While CRW does not concurrently offer non-stop, international commercial flights, the Airport is West Virginia’s only U.S. Customs and Border Protection port of entry.

This standalone facility goes hand-in-hand with the Airport’s international designation, which will become official on January 1, 2022, when CRW becomes West Virginia International Yeager Airport.

Currently, only five states do not have an international airport, and West Virginia is one. That can be a negative factor for some companies looking to relocate their business to West Virginia; being near an international airport is considered necessary.

WHAT IS THE POINT OF THE CUSTOMS & BORDER PROTECTION FACILITY?

The U.S. Customs facility at CRW will handle Customs-clearance for private and military aircraft carrying up to 20 persons, thus significantly increasing air operations at Yeager Airport. In addition, the building will support foreign trade.

WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE INTERNATIONAL DESIGNATION?

To be classified as an “international airport,” an airport must have a U.S. Customs building on the premises. The Airport does not have to have international commercial service. As CRW’s U.S. Customs Building will be complete in December, the Airport is officially permitted to add “international” to its name. This name addition will put General Yeager’s legacy on an international stage.

Airport officials and tourism partners are exploring opportunities to attract international commercial service through Customs and Border Protection Preclearance. With Preclearance, travelers clear customs at one of 16 preclearance locations in 6 countries, then bypass CBP and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) inspections upon U.S. arrival and proceed directly to their connecting flight or destination.

Today, CBP has more than 600 officers and agriculture specialists stationed at 16 Preclearance locations in 6 countries: Dublin and Shannon in Ireland; Aruba; Freeport and Nassau in The Bahamas; Bermuda; Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; and Calgary, Toronto, Edmonton, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver, Victoria, and Winnipeg in Canada. 

WHO WILL BE UTILIZING THE NEW FACILITY THE MOST?

Private general aviation and military aircraft that need to clear U.S. Customs will utilize the facility.

ECONOMIC IMPACT

We expect several hundred international flights to clear Customs at CRW each year. In addition, flights that may not be destined for our state now have the option to stop at CRW to quickly and conveniently clear Customs utilize the services of Capital Jet Center.

WHAT DO U.S. CUSTOMS OFFICERS CHECK FOR?

U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP)  mission is to protect the American people, safeguard our borders, and enhance the nation’s economic prosperity. Its mission is complex at ports of entry with broad law enforcement authorities tied to screening all foreign visitors, returning American citizens and imported cargo that enters the U.S. at more than 300 land, air and sea ports. The CBP’s mission includes is to:

Counter Terrorism – Anticipate, detect and disrupt the threat of terrorists, their weapons and actions to protect the people and economy of the United States.

Combat Transnational Crime – Detect, deter and disrupt transnational organized crime that threatens U.S. national and economic security interests at and beyond the border.

Secure the Border – Protect the Homeland through the air, land and maritime environments against illegal entry, illicit activity or other threats to uphold national sovereignty and promote national and economic security.

Facilitate Lawful Trade and Protect Revenue – Enable fair, competitive and compliant trade and enforce U.S. laws to ensure safety, prosperity and economic security for the American people.

Facilitate Lawful Travel – Enhance, enable and transform the travel experience by anticipating, detecting and intercepting threats prior to and at ports of entry.

YEAGER AIRPORT HOLDS FULL-SCALE TRIENNIAL EXERCISE

YEAGER AIRPORT HOLDS FULL-SCALE TRIENNIAL EXERCISE

On Monday morning, Yeager Airport (CRW), along with several local emergency first responders and student volunteers, took part in our annual full-scale triennial exercise. The exercise will test Yeager Airport’s reaction time and readiness to respond to an aircraft incident on the airfield.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires the unrehearsed exercise to be conducted by Yeager Airport at least once every three years. Airport officials will use information gathered during the training to help further refine emergency response plans at CRW.

“The airport is always planning for emergency responses to keep passengers and customers safe. By practicing our skills with local first responders, we can ensure we are always ready should an aircraft emergency ever occur,” said Airport Director Nick Keller.

The scenario included an emergency landing on a compact snow-covered runway. Once the aircraft landed, the nose gear collapsed, forcing the plane to slide off the runway. The plane eventually comes to rest in a valley below the Carpenter Slip.

Yeager is grateful for the responding agencies who helped with the drill, including 130th ANG Fire Department, Charleston Fire Department, Kanawha County Ambulance, Kanawha County Emergency Management, Charleston Police Department, Kanawha County Emergency Management, and Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department.

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About Yeager Airport (CRW): A study done by the West Virginia Aeronautics Commission says Yeager Airport is

responsible for nearly 3,000 jobs and has a $225-million economic impact in the state. Yeager Airport is the largest commercial airport in West Virginia, with service provided by American, Delta, Spirit, and United Airlines.

The Airport’s Organizational Vision is: “To become the most important economic engine for the state through advances in aviation and education.” Yeager Airport, in conjunction with the West Virginia National Guard, hosts the Home Base Program. The program works to facilitate military ground, tactical, and air training in West Virginia.

 

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For more information, please contact:

Rachel Urbanski, Public Affairs Specialist

Rurbanski@yeagerairport.com

304-590-6164