West Virginia International Yeager Airport’s Chief Financial Officer, Josh Potter, has been named to The State Journal’s Generation Next: 40 Under 40 for 2022. This is the third year in a row that an employee from CRW has been recognized by the State Journal.
For 17 years, The State Journal’s Generation Next: 40 Under 40 has recognized young professionals’ understanding work and dedication to making West Virginia a better place to live, raise families, and do business.
Potter graduated from West Virginia University in 2009 with a degree in accounting. He has been a licensed Certified Public Accountant since April 2012 and has been a dedicated employee of CRW since 2018, when he was hired as a Comptroller/Assistant Director of Finance. Potter was promoted to Chief Financial Officer in January of 2022.
“I love working at the airport. We have a great team of hard-working and forward-thinking individuals. It’s exciting to be a part of something that has such a positive impact on West Virginia,” said Potter. “The airport has accomplished a lot in the past few years, including building the Marshall Bill Noe Flight School and a U.S. Customs facility, and I believe it will continue to advance and grow for many years to come.”
“While it’s great to see all the accomplishments of this year’s 40 Under 40 leaders, it’s even more meaningful knowing one of our own was recognized,” said Airport Director and CEO Nick Keller. “We are so proud of Josh and how he embodies West Virginia values to improve our community and airport daily.”
The Generation Next 40 Under 40 publication will be the June 20 edition of the State Journal.
CHARLESTON, WV (May 31, 2022) — West Virginia International Yeager Airport in Charleston, WV is pleased to announce it is supporting the 2022 Special Olympics Airlift by hosting a departure point for the event on Saturday, June 4 and supporting return flights on Sunday, June 12.
The Airlift is a signature community event organized and coordinated by Textron Aviation, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, with assistance from Cessna, Beechcraft and Hawker owners and operators, industry champions and employee volunteers. Each participating aircraft receives a special Dove call sign that will afford priority treatment in the National Airspace System so the massive Airlift stays on schedule on both transport days – Saturday, June 4, delivering the athletes to Orlando where they will compete in the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort and Sunday, June 12, returning the athletes to their home bases.
Capital Jet Center (CJC) will provide ground handling and flight support services for 5 flights carrying 31 passengers at CJC on Saturday, June 4. The return flights are scheduled for Sunday, June 12, where once again CRW will assist Textron Aviation and the athletes.
“This is a rewarding opportunity for CRW. We value this incredible experience to work with Textron Aviation to help facilitate a once-in-a-lifetime aviation experience for the athletes,” said Airport Director and CEO Nick Keller. “We are looking forward to making this sendoff one the athletes will not forget.”
This is the eighth Special Olympics Airlift by Textron Aviation, and the Airport’s first time participating in the Special Olympics Airlift. Since the first Airlift in 1987, nearly 10,000 athletes and coaches from across the United States have been transported to Special Olympics World Games and USA Games.
“Travel is the largest expense for Special Olympics programs, and we are able to help these deserving athletes compete at the highest level thanks to our generous customers who donate the use of their aircraft, pilots and fuel,” said Ron Draper, president and CEO, Textron Aviation. “Not only does the Airlift help offset costs, flying on a business aircraft allows the athletes —many of whom have never flown — to travel to the games hassle-free with their gear and teammates. It’s a memorable and meaningful experience for everyone involved.”
A Cessna Citation, Beechcraft King Air, Beechcraft Premier, Beechjet or Hawker aircraft will land at Orlando Executive Airport every two to three minutes to transport nearly 1,000 athletes and coaches from more than 30 departure locations across the United States.
Find more information about the Special Olympics Airlift at txtav.com/airlift.
On Friday, June 3, 2022, West Virginia International Yeager Airport (CRW) received an Airport Improvement Program grant for over $11 million, which will fund the final phase of CRW’s three-year Runway Rehabilitation Project. The total amount of this year’s project is $12,394,048. WV Paving has been awarded the prime contract in the amount of $11,742,280. Airport Design Consultants Inc is the design engineering firm and providing construction management and inspection services.
CRW’s Runway 5-23 rehabilitation project is a comprehensive upgrade that will provide a 2-inch asphalt overlay of the entire runway, include rehabilitation of the runway lighting system, including the installation of energy efficient LED runway edge lights, electrical conductors, and runway exit sign modifications.
Much of the work will be done overnight into early morning hours to align the construction with the airport’s commercial air traffic schedules. Work will begin in July and will be completed by November of 2022. Below is a look at scheduled runway closures:
Nightly closures begin July 29th and will continue through November 13th
There will be an extended closure from Monday, September 12th, through Thursday, September 15th
“I would like to thank our political leaders and the FAA for their continued efforts to prioritize funding this project,” CRW Airport Director and CEO Nick Keller said. “This investment from the FAA is great news and an important step in keeping our passengers safe.”
The Federal Aviation Administration is funding $11,154,643 of the project.
West Virginia International Yeager Airport (CRW) has proudly served the Mountain State by connecting travelers for 75 years.
A groundbreaking ceremony for Kanawha Airport was held on October 18, 1944. On October 1, 1947, the first flight landed at CRW, All-American Aviation. A few months later, on December 1, 1947, airline flights began operating at CRW.
Since that time, the airport has emerged as the largest airport in the state and continually growing, CRW is on a mission to become the most important economic engine in the State of West Virginia through advances in aerospace and education. With the addition of Marshall University’s Bill Noe Flight school on airport grounds and the newly opened international Customs facility, CRW is setting the bar for the future of all thing’s aviation. Whether it’s increasing military training operations, exploring emerging technology, or educating the next generation of pilots, it’s all happening at CRW – and it starts at home.
Learn about our history here.
The airport kicked off the celebration by surprising travelers with 75th Anniversary-themed cookies and swag. The airport will also be announcing a travel giveaway where a family of four can win a round trip to Orlando International Airport.
“This year, and for the next 75 years, we are putting our community, our passengers, and connectivity first,” said Nick Keller, Airport Director & CEO. “Our brand has always been indicative of the vision we have for our future and commitment to West Virginia. We encourage you to fly local and to remember your impact starts at home.”
CRW has planned several events surrounding our 75th anniversary, such as hosting a Business After Hours in the Bill Noe Flight School’s hangar in June. In addition, CRW has scheduled several historic aircraft visits; the dates are below. Guests can view any historical aircraft below for free by visiting our outdoor viewing area or playground located off Eagle Mountain Road. Most historical aircraft allow tours between flights for a small fee.