The Future is Bright for Aviation at Yeager Airport

The Future is Bright for Aviation at Yeager Airport

The Past, Present, and Future of Aviation

In the 1800s, the interest in “flying machines” really began taking off. That century was the first time people had an understanding of what it would take for people to fly. Still, by the end of the 1800s, no one was able to build a successful airplane.

It did not take long for the hard work of aeronautical advancement in the 1800s to pay off. In December 1903, the Wright Brothers made history. Wilbur and Orville Wright made four short flights in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, marking the dawn of a new age.

Airplanes proved their worth during World War I. In 1921 the Army Air Service brought dozens of aircraft to a small grass airfield in Kanawha City, West Virginia later named Wertz Field. Although Wertz Field wasn’t an ideal location for passenger traffic it continued to operate until 1942. On November 3, 1947, Kanawha Airport now Yeager Airport was opened, and the first commercial airline flights began operating a month later on December 1, 1947.

Today air travel makes it possible to get anywhere in the world in a short amount of time. Air travel is so popular, it is estimated that commercial airlines will need eighty-seven new pilots every day to keep up with the demand for flying.

Yeager Airport and Marshall University are going to be part of the solution to the potential commercial pilot shortage. In the fall of 2021, the Marshall University Bill Noe Flight School will open its (hangar) doors. The flight school will offer a Commercial Pilot: Fixed-Wing Bachelor of Science degree and an Aviation Maintenance AAS which will house around fifty students each year. Those students will get a first-class flight school education and help meet the nation’s projected need for commercial pilots over the next two decades.

The development of aviation programs with Marshall University is a tremendous opportunity for the airport and for the whole regional economy. Yeager Airport continues to work tirelessly toward the bigger strategic vision of Yeager Airport: to help West Virginia by becoming the most important economic engine for the State through advances in aviation and education. Whether that means giving you a first-class airport, bringing more aviation jobs to West Virginia, or investing in the future of air travel. The possibilities are endless in air travel, and Yeager Airport intends to be at the forefront of those possibilities.

 

Ushering in a New Parking System

Ushering in a New Parking System

When you think of Yeager Airport, we hope one thing comes to mind – convenience. We are always looking for ways to make your trip as smooth as possible. We believe our newest upgrade is going to do just that.

Earlier this month, we put in a new parking system. The new system allows you to get in and out of the parking garage in a much more modern way. Let’s breakdown what’s new with this parking system, and why it will give you one less thing to worry about during your trip.

HOW IT WORKS: When you pull up to the parking gate outside the garage, the kiosk will show you how much parking costs based on how long you are there. Hit the “Print Ticket” button, and a ticket will print out with QR code.

WHAT IS A QR CODE: QR stands for Quick Response Code. Your smartphone camera is easily able to read the code printed on the ticket. One thing we would like to point out with these new tickets, do not leave them on your dashboard. The sun can make the ticket fade. If your ticket does fade, your camera might have a hard time reading the QR code.

HOW TO PAY: This is where the convenience aspect kicks in. After your ticket prints out, you can scan your QR code on your phone and save your ticket there. When you get back from your trip, there is a kiosk in the baggage claim to pay your ticket. Pull up the ticket on your phone, scan it, and pay with card or cash. You can also do the same thing at the gates when you are leaving the parking garage. Technology not your thing? No worries. Keep your ticket with you, and you can scan it at the kiosk in the baggage claim or at the gates when you’re leaving the parking garage.

WHAT IS THE PRICE:

  • Up to 1 hour – Free
  • Up to 2 hours- $5.00
  • Up to 6 hours – $6.00
  • Up to 10 hours – $7.00
  • Daily Max – $10.00
  • Lost Ticket – $11.00

 We hope this new system makes your travel easier and stay tuned for more updates including the option of paying your ticket on your phone. Thank you for Flying C-R-W!

Back to School Coloring Contest

Back to School Coloring Contest

DOWNLOAD THE OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM HERE: Yeager Coloring Contest

TO ENTER, PRINT OUT, OR PICK UP THE OFFICIAL YEAGER AIRPORT BACK TO SCHOOL COLORING PAGE AND COLOR IT USING ANY MEDIUM YOU’D LIKE. ENTRIES CAN BE MAILED TO YEAGER AIRPORT, ATTN: COLORING CONTEST, 100 AIRPORT ROAD, SUITE 175, CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA 25311. ENTRIES MAY ALSO BE DROPPED OFF AT THE AIRPORT (LOOK FOR THE “COLORING CONTEST ENTRIES” BOX IN THE OBSERVATION DECK AREA).

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. THE CONTEST IS OPEN TO ALL CHILDREN THROUGH AGE 10. CONTEST ENTRY BEGINS ON AUGUST 1, 2020, AT 12:01 AM EST, AND ENDS SEPTEMBER 1, 2020, AT 11:59 PM EST. FULL CONTEST RULES CAN BE FOUND ON THE BACK OF THE ENTRY FORM.

HERCULES COLORING CONTEST

HERCULES COLORING CONTEST

DOWNLOAD THE OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM HERE: Hercules Coloring Contest

TO ENTER, PRINT OUT, OR PICK UP THE OFFICIAL YEAGER AIRPORT HERCULES COLORING PAGE AND COLOR IT USING ANY MEDIUM YOU’D LIKE. ENTRIES CAN BE MAILED TO YEAGER AIRPORT, ATTN: COLORING CONTEST, 100 AIRPORT ROAD, SUITE 175, CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA 25311. ENTRIES MAY ALSO BE DROPPED OFF AT THE AIRPORT (LOOK FOR THE “COLORING CONTEST ENTRIES” BOX IN THE OBSERVATION DECK AREA).

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. The contest is open to all children through age 10. Contest entry begins on MARCH 1, 2020, at 12:01 AM EST, and ends MARCH 26, 2020, at 11:59 PM EST. Full Contest Rules on back of entry form.

TRAVELER UPDATES: Yeager Airport is OPEN. We continue to work with our public health experts and partners to monitor COVID-19. If you have an upcoming flight, please reach out directly to your airline with any questions about your flight status. Please see yeagerairport.com/press-releases/ for updates.
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