We often tell kids to dream big, they can do anything they set their mind to. The truth is, no matter how old we are, we should always dream big. And that is what we do at Yeager Airport.
Having the military use CRW as a hub, while they train at old coal mine sites in West Virginia, was once a pipe dream. The same for the Marshall University Flight School and the United States Customs Building. At one point, all of these things were just an idea, a dream, but are a reality now at Yeager Airport.
All of these projects at CRW are being done with one goal in mind, make Yeager Airport the most important economic engine for West Virginia. With all of this in mind, let’s take a look at some of the construction projects going on around CRW.
Marshall University Bill Noe Flight School Construction at Yeager Airport
The groundbreaking for the Marshall University Bill Noe Flight School was on August 13th, 2020. Since then, construction has been fast and furious. Work on the classroom building and hangar have stayed ahead of schedule for most of the project.
Classroom Building- The entire frame of the school is up, the roof is on, and the siding for the building is starting to go on. Work on the inside of the building is making great progress too. Framing is done, and sheetrock is going up.
The Hangar- The hangar is also up, and siding is up, and the roof is on. Work is being done on the inside of the building now. The hangar is just to the left of the classroom building.
The first group of students is set to start in August this year. Both the classroom and hangar will be ready to go by then. These future pilots are going to have a state-of-the-art building for their education and training.
United States Customs and Border Patrol Building Project
Yeager Airport is home to the only Unite States Port of Entry in West Virginia. We have had a CBP agent for several years but never a dedicated building for him. He did his work either on the plane or at Capital Jet Center.
Getting a designated space for CBP has been on the radar at CRW for a few years. Construction started earlier this year and should be finished by the end of 2021. Footers have already been poured, and walls are already starting to go up. The building has to be built United States CBP specifications. When the building is finished, CRW will be on the map for international travelers looking to clear customs before heading to their final destination.
Yeager Airport Taxiway B Project
Two different projects happening on taxiway B. The first is a drainage project. This project is going to divert water away from taxiway B. This is a smaller but important project. Keeping the taxiways and runway as clear and dry as possible is important.
The next project on taxiway B is to give airplanes easier access to Capital Jet Center. As our general aviation customer base continues to grow and will get even bigger when the customs building opens, we thought this project necessary.
Planes leaving Capital Jet Center now taxi on Bravo before jumping over to Charlie. After this construction is finished, planes will be able to have access to taxiway C, which is the old Runway 15/33, directly from Capital Jet Center. This will make for an easier route to and from Runway 5/23.
Exciting Projects at Yeager Airport
More construction is coming. Some plans were paused because of COVID-19, but the projects have not gone away. As passenger numbers start to return to normal, more projects are going to be placed back online. This new construction is going to give CRW a fresh look and feel. It will give passengers an exciting travel experience. It will make some once far-fetched dreams become reality.
The pandemic hasn’t slowed construction projects at CRW.
Several different projects are happening, both on the airfield and inside the terminal. Our passenger numbers are going up, flights are returning, and the military is increasing their activity at CRW. Despite some changes around Yeager Airport due to COVID-19, there are still plenty of exciting things happening. Let’s takeoff around CRW and see what is happening.
Runway Safety Area Project – This project has been years in the making. The final result will be a 7,000-foot runway with standard 1,000-foot safety areas on each end. The first phase of the project, which is an environmental assessment, is close to getting started. Airport administrators have been talking with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and those talks have gone well.
Post-Security Restaurant/Bar – If you have been to the airport recently, you have no doubt seen the giant white wall where the gift shop and bar used to be. Some exciting things are happening behind those walls. When construction is complete next month, we will have a completely new café and bar. The gift shop will also have a new look.
Runway Rehabilitation – Every 10-15 years, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires airports to rehab runways. Work is already underway on Runway 5/23. Right now, crews are cutting sections of the runway that need repaving. The next phase is milling and paving of the runway. This process is similar to what you see during repaving on the interstate. This project is going to take a least one year, and the runway will be shut down nightly, with the exceptions of emergency landings and helicopters.
Marshall School of Aviation – Construction on the Marshall University School of Aviation will begin soon. Marshall University will have several facilities near Capital Jet Center, including classroom hangar space and FAA-required laboratories and computer facilities. The flight school will offer a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Sciences and an Associate of Applied Science in Aviation Maintenance.
It is an exciting time at Yeager Airport. There are even more construction projects in the works, including the pre-security restaurant, and we will talk more about those when they are closer to getting started. We love seeing more of you taking off from CRW. We are doing everything we can to make you feel comfortable. We will see you soon!