Mark and Cheryl Hussman shared a report of activity at Blake Field for 2018 with commissioners Don Suppes, Mark Roeber and Mike Lane at the commissioners' March 19 meeting.
Mark and Cheryl Husmann, owners of Smiling Aviation and the managers of Blake Field, hosted a Christmas open house in conjunction with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly reconstructed main runway, Runway 3-21.
The Husmanns report that the existing runway was about 28 years old and might have lasted another 10 if not for some water working its way underneath the northeast end.
Delta City Council hosted Delta County Commissioners on Nov. 14 for continuing talks regarding the city extending water and sewer to Blake Field and the renovation, or building, of 1525 and 1550 roads leading to the airport and golf course.
Reconstruction of the main runway at Delta's Blake Field began on Monday, September 10. The base of the 30-year old runway has experienced some failure that will be addressed during the construction process.
At their Aug. 20 meeting the county commissioners awarded the bid in the amount of $3,699,004.60 for runway reconstruction at Blake Field to Old Castle SW Group, doing business as United Companies.
Ninety percent of the funding for the runway reconstruction is provided by Federal Aviation Commission (FAA).
At a work session Tuesday, July 10, Delta City Council members agreed staff should pursue a pre-annexation agreement with the county before water and sewer are extended to Blake Field in North Delta. Whether or not that pre-annexation agreement is exercised is up to the city, attorney David McConaughey advised, but it will serve as a tool for outlining expectations for both entities.
A discussion between city and county officials about utility services at Blake Field continued at a city council work session July 10.
At the initial meeting between the two entities June 26, it was agreed city and county staff would work together to provide elected officials with costs for the design and construction of water and sewer extensions.
Delta City Council and staff joined Delta County Commissioners and staff on June 26 at the courthouse to talk about projects of interest to both entities. They explored how they can work together to resolve problems which will benefit residents and visitors to both county and city.
At their May 21 meeting the county commissioners heard a report on progress at Blake Field.
Mark and Cheryl Husmann, Smiling Aviation, reported aircraft based at Blake Field are 63: one helicopter, one motor-glider, several single and twin engines, and several experimental aircraft.
Cheryl Husmann presented the 2017 year-end report for Smiling Aviation at Blake Field at the county commissioners' Feb. 5 meeting.
Earlier in the meeting the commissioners approved the application to Federal Aviation Administration for federal assistance in the reconstruction and resurfacing of the runway at Blake Field to FAA standards.
A skydiving business wants to set up commercial operations at Blake Field.
County commissioners at their Feb. 21 meeting approved a permit for Ultimate Skydiving Adventures LLC to operate out of a private hangar on a temporary basis.
Last August, when a newborn baby needed life-saving treatment available only at a Front Range hospital, an air ambulance took off headed for Delta's Blake Field.
The baby was transported and, according to reports from airport managers Mark and Cheryl Husmann, a little life was saved by the mission.
A GPS (instrument approach) landing system recently went into operation at Blake. The high-tech navigation gear is a major upgrade for operations and is the result of five years of planning, acquisition and installation, according to Blake Field managers Mark and Cheryl Husmann.
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