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Solar Eclipse Signals Biggest Day in Clarksville Regional Airport History

August 28, 2017 — August 28, 2017 – The Great American Eclipse of 2017 on Aug. 21 was a once-in-a-lifetime event for many in Clarksville. But for Clarksville Regional Airport it was also a historic milestone that eclipsed all previous single day aircraft traffic records at the public-use airport.

The airport embraced its role as the “front door to Middle Tennessee” and invited people from across the world to fly-in to the facility located near the Tennessee-Kentucky state line to experience the total solar eclipse. Clarksville Regional was in the “path of totality” for 2 minutes, 28 seconds at its location roughly 20 miles south of the point of greatest eclipse in Hopkinsville, Kentucky.

“The total solar eclipse was a great day for the airport. Clarksville Regional safely supported the arrival and departure of 161 aircraft – ranging from light-sport aircraft to multi- passenger charter jets on Monday,” said Airport Manager John Patterson. “Not only did we welcome a record-number of aircraft, we had the opportunity to offer fuel sales and services to them. Pilots and their passengers not only got to experience totality, but they also enjoyed the great Clarksville experience we provide here at CKV. Our staff received so many compliments about the airport, and the ease of working with us during an unusually high-traffic day.”

Typically, Clarksville Regional Airport sees 80 to 100 transit aircraft per week. Preliminary estimates show $25,326 in additional airport revenue from the eclipse event alone.

Aircraft flew in from throughout the United States, and even internationally. The airport welcomed aircraft from Canada, Texas and as far away as England. Several pilots cited the ease of reserving parking space, as well as the size of the airport, as key reasons why they decided to fly into Clarksville, rather than Nashville or Hopkinsville.

The public was also invited to drive-in for free to get an unobstructed 360 degree view of the eclipse from the airport grounds. Airport staff counted roughly 800 vehicles through the gate prior to the eclipse, with estimates of 2,500 in attendance. Altogether, the airport welcomed visitors from 18 states and four other countries.

“Clarksville Regional Airport is a true jewel for our community,” Patterson said. “We are thrilled that so many people from Clarksville and beyond enjoyed the solar eclipse with us. Our amenities allow us to serve all types of aircraft, large and small, and we’re confident many of those who flew in for the eclipse will remember our airport next time they fly.”

Patterson hopes for a similar success this Oct. 14 for the inaugural Wags & Wings Family Fun Fest presented by Fortera Credit Union at Clarksville Regional Airport. The first-time event will feature aviation-themed activities, live performances by the Disc-Connected K9s, a Corvette Show hosted by Corvettes of Clarksville and James Corlew Chevrolet and much more. Proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Clarksville-Montgomery County. Find out more at www.wagsandwings.com.

Clarksville Regional Airport is continually working to broaden its profile throughout Middle Tennessee as a premier location for corporate and general aviation.

For more information about the airport or its services, call 931-431-2080 or visit www.clarksvilleregional.com.

Fortera Credit Union, Clarksville Regional Airport and Humane Society Unveil Wags & Wings Family Fun Fest

August 1, 2017 — High-flying Frisbee dogs, gourmet chicken wings, beautiful aircraft and entertainment for the whole family will highlight a new event at Clarksville Regional Airport this coming October.  The airport and the Humane Society of Clarksville-Montgomery County are partnering with Fortera Credit Union to present the inaugural Wags & Wings Family Fun Fest.

“We are excited to join with Clarksville Regional Airport and the Humane Society to host this all new family-focused event,” said Fortera Credit Union President and CEO Tom Kane. “The purpose of the inaugural Wags & Wings Family Fun Fest is two-fold. First, we want to encourage the public to visit the stunning airport facility and to highlight its services. Secondly, it will allow attendees to learn more about the great services provided by our Humane Society.”

The Fun Fest will run from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, October 14, at Clarksville Regional Airport, 200A Outlaw Field Road.  Family-focused activities such as a “Kids Zone” inflatable play area, musical entertainment, aviation and education-themed displays, airplane and helicopter rides, skydiving demonstrations, exhibits and live entertainment will be presented throughout the day.  A variety of vendors will be selling merchandise and food – featuring gourmet chicken wings – as well as a selection of beverage options for festival goers to enjoy. Ticket information and prices will be announced at a later date, but the event is open to the public.

An event highlight includes three scheduled performances throughout the day by the high-flying and energetic Disc-Connected K9s. This group of trained rescue dogs is a world famous, Frisbee-catching team of acrobatic canines and trainers. These amazing animals perform freestyle moves and tricks choreographed to fast-paced music.

“The Disc-Connected K9s bring a blend of action and precision entertainment to every show they perform,” said Airport Manager John Patterson. “And the fact they are all rescue dogs makes them the perfect feature entertainment for this event.”

Over the past 10 years, the Humane Society’s annual fundraiser has been the Wags to Witches Fur Ball Bash. This successful event was held for the final time in October 2016.  Amy Shaver, executive director of the Humane Society of Clarksville-Montgomery County commented, “After 10 years, we were looking to replace Wags to Witches with a new annual event that our supporters could enjoy with the entire family – pets included. Wags & Wings Family Fun Fest will allow the Humane Society to reach not only their traditional supporters, but a much greater audience.”

Shaver added, “We have always prided ourselves in finding unique ways to raise funds for our cause, and with our great partners, Fortera Credit Union and Clarksville Regional Airport, the sky is literally the limit!”

The Humane Society will feature pets available for adoption, spay-neuter program information and pet care. One carry-over from previous Humane Society fundraisers will be the popular Pet Photo Calendar Contest with online photo submissions and voting.  Wags & Wings will offer display booth rentals, so civic clubs and other organizations are encouraged to participate. Sign-up forms for vendors and exhibitors can be found at www.wagsandwings.com.

In addition to the Wags & Wings daytime planned activities, an up-tempo “Hangar Party,” a separate ticketed event, will be hosted after Saturday’s daytime portion of the Fun Fest concludes. This special evening activity will be for adults (21 and over) only and will include food, beer and live music.

For more information about sponsorships or exhibitor opportunities, contact John Patterson at 931-431-2080 or Shawnette Murphy at 417-650-0678.

Clarksville Regional Airport Awarded $11.4 Million Grant for Runway Improvement Project

May 19, 2017 — Clarksville Regional Airport announced it has secured funding to resurface and upgrade its primary runway, improve safety by increasing taxiway clearances and upgrade runway markings, lighting and signage – a major step that will bring the airfield into full compliance with current Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) standards. For the first time in seventy years, the airport will be able to land aircraft of the same weight and size it was able to park by upgrading the runway to match weight bearing capabilities of the newly reconstructed apron in 2015. The $11.4 million improvements package is funded largely by grants awarded by the FAA and Tennessee Department of Transportation Aeronautics Division. The remainder of the project will be funded by a five percent local match split between the City of Clarksville and Montgomery County government.

Ninety-five percent of the $11.4 million funding is from two sources. The Federal Aviation Administration awarded $6.2 million dollars in discretionary funding and the Tennessee Department of Transportation – Aviation Division awarded another $4.63 million. It is anticipated that the $285,000 local investment from city and county government, will be offset by future economic impact generated by the improvements. Including this $11.4 million investment, Clarksville Regional has been awarded more than $15.8 million in grants over the past five years. This has enabled the airport to achieve significant improvements in operational facilities to include a total replacement of the airfield apron for aircraft parking and two new helipads in 2015. Ten new T-Hangars for aircraft storage were added in 2016 with anticipated demand for up to 40 more in the future.

“The State of Tennessee and TDOT Aeronautics Division is proud to partner with the FAA to bring this significant investment in runway improvements to Clarksville Regional Airport,” remarked Director of Tennessee Aeronautics William B. Orellana. “We are pleased to see the progress being made in Clarksville which continues to be one of our most capable general aviation airfields in Middle Tennessee.”

The package of improvements will include complete milling and resurfacing of its primary 6,000 ft. runway. The resurfacing of the runway will also allow the airport to correct a gradient variation exceeding FAA safety standards and widen the space between the center line of the runway and taxiway to comply with the current 300 foot FAA standard for the size and current usage at Clarksville Regional. The runways will be resurfaced using a federally-specified aviation asphalt mix which is notably stronger, has substantially longer lifespan and has better weight bearing and break action capabilities than traditional asphalt.

In addition to the hard surfaces, the grant funding also allows the airport to significantly improve runway visibility on poor weather for pilots including upgraded markings and a new LED airfield lighting system. The resurfacing effort will allow the airport to upgrade its runway markings and signage to conform to current FAA standards. A new LED airfield lighting system, which will replace the current antiquated system, will provide greater visibility for pilots while lowering energy costs for the airport. Combined with existing solar panels and motion-controlled lighting at the terminal the airport’s investment in energy efficiency should result in even more substantial cost savings per month compared to current energy consumption.

Airport operations will continue during the projected nine month construction. Phasing the project and use of the secondary runway will hold necessary runway closures to less than a few weeks. All heliport traffic will continue normal operations during construction.

“The fact that we have been able to secure such significant funding from the State of Tennessee and FAA is a testimony to Clarksville’s regional importance to the future of air travel in Middle Tennessee,” remarked Clarksville-Montgomery County Airport Authority Chairman Sammy Stuard. “These runaway improvements are a tremendous investment in the future of Clarksville Regional Airport.”

The runway improvements fulfill an important goal of the airport’s development plan and will allow Clarksville Regional to support additional aircraft and traffic volumes which are key economic development advantages. The improvements will also allow the airport to remain in compliance with FAA standards for the next 40-50 years, a major factor in any plans to expand the runway to support commercial traffic and scheduled airline service, which remains a long-term goal.

“We are delighted with Clarksville Regional’s continued improvements and in particular these upgrades to the runways which allows support for additional commercial aircraft,” remarked Cal Wray, executive director of the Clarksville-Montgomery County Economic Development Council. “The amenities available at the airport continue to be a key driver of economic development activity.”

Clarksville Regional Airport Apron Improvements On Schedule

June 17, 2015 — A $3.3 million apron improvement package is slated for completion later this summer stated airport director John Patterson in a recent report to City and County officials. “We are at about 65% completion and feel very optimistic about our target date of mid-July for the wrap up of Phase V of this grant.” These improvements will greatly expand the airport’s ability to accommodate larger, heavier aircraft and will add more parking surface for all the aircraft that use the Clarksville Regional Airport. In addition to the completely reconstructed apron area two new helicopter landing pads have been added, as well as a new tie down area supporting up to 55 aircraft.

According to Patterson, the airport has remained fully operational during the construction, which began in mid-April. “HMA Contractors have been on an aggressive schedule in order to minimize any disruption to our regular airport customers. Phasing the construction areas has allowed the airport to continue to support and service aircraft and minimize impact to operations.”

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Early phases of the apron improvement project wrap up ahead of schedule as crews begin work on the next phase of construction at the Clarksville Regional Airport.

Ninety-five percent of the $3.3 million grant funding came from aviation fuel taxes redistributed by the Tennessee Department of Transportation Aeronautics Division, with the remaining five percent funded equally by the City of Clarksville and Montgomery County governments. The project specifications included cost savings measures that allow for the greatest expansion of Clarksville Regional’s capabilities for the lowest cost. For example, the existing stone under the current apron will be reused in non-weight critical areas and none of the current apron materials will be wasted or leave the airport. Excess demolition materials from the improvement project will be used in the control access road connecting the airport to the Tiny Town Road Fire Station, which provides immediate access for fire protection to access the airfield, a key factor in any future expansion of the airport’s capabilities and a goal of airport’s strategic plan.

“The Tennessee Department of Transportation and the Aeronautics Division is proud to support Clarksville Regional Airport’s improvement aspirations,” said Director of Tennessee Aeronautics William B. Orellana when the grant was awarded in late 2014. “These apron improvements support the beautiful new terminal and the potential for increased activity at Clarksville Regional.”

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One of two new concrete helicopter landing pads, part of the apron improvements project at Clarksville Regional Airport to be completed summer 2015.

Other outcomes will correct surface water drainage issues while expanding the weight-bearing capabilities of the apron to match that of the runways. The new apron will be divided into three weight-bearing categories, minimizing the cost of design and construction. The first area located in front of the terminal building and extending north will support heavy aircraft with the ability to support weight of 90,000 lbs. per dual wheel. A medium weight area will support taxing and parking for aircraft up to 60,000 lbs. per dual wheel. The addition of two concrete helicopter landing pads can support heavy skidded helicopters that cannot land on asphalt.

“We are seeing a trend towards larger aircraft utilizing Clarksville Regional and these improvements will support bigger planes,” said Clarksville-Montgomery County Airport Authority Chairman Sammy Stuard. “We will continue to provide all our airport customers with the responsive and professional service that the flying community has come to expect here at Outlaw Field.”

He went on to say, “This improvement package is a critical step supporting Clarksville Regional Airport’s long-term strategic goals. These enhancements will serve area residents and businesses well into the future.”

Jay Leno Uses Clarksville Regional for a Good Cause

November 21, 2014 — Former Tonight Show host and legendary comedian Jay Leno used the Clarksville Regional Airport on his way to a special surprise visit to a wounded warrior at Ft. Campbell. Jay surprised Cpl. Ethan Laberge with a surpise visit and an amazing gift. Check out the video from the Today Show below.

Jay Leno used Clarksville Regional on a special visit to a wounded warrior. Leno (center) with CRA Employees John Atnip, Jen Brooks and Kate McDonough

Jay Leno used Clarksville Regional on a special visit to a wounded warrior. Leno (center) with CRA Employees John Atnip, Jen Brooks and Kate McDonough

Clarksville Regional Airport Announces Apron Improvements

July 8, 2014 — ClarksvilleRegionalAirport_RefuelingCLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Clarksville Regional Airport (KCKV) announced today it has completed the bid selection for a $3.2 million apron improvements package that will greatly expand the airport’s accessibility and aircraft parking capabilities. The improvements include a completely reconstructed apron area with two new helicopter landing pads, a new tie down area supporting 55 aircraft and structural improvements to the apron design that expand the airport’s service capabilities.

Clarksville Regional has selected HMA Contractors as the tentative contract winner for the $3.2 million project, pending verification that the bid response meets final engineering specifications. Construction on the project is set to begin immediately and be completed within 110 days. The Airport will remain fully operational during the construction, which will occur in five phases through October. Phasing the project will allow the airport to continue to support and service aircraft and minimize impact to existing operations.

Ninety-five percent of the funding was made possible through a grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation Aeronautics Division, with the remaining five percent funded from the City of Clarksville and Montgomery County governments. The project specifications included cost savings measures that allow for the greatest expansion of Clarksville Regional’s capabilities for the lowest cost. For instance, the existing stone under the current apron will be reused in non-weight critical areas and none of the current apron materials will be wasted or leave the airport. Excess demolition materials from the improvement project will be used in the control access road connecting the airport to the Tiny Town Road Fire Station, which provides immediate access for fire protection to access the airfield, a key factor in any future expansion of the airport’s capabilities and a goal of airport’s strategic plan.

“The Tennessee Department of Transportation and the Aeronautics Division is proud to support Clarksville Regional Airport’s improvement aspirations,” said Director of Tennessee Aeronautics William B. Orellana. “These apron improvements support the beautiful new terminal and the potential for increased activity at the Clarksville Regional Airport.”

The apron improvements will greatly enhance space utilization, correct drainage issues and will expand the weight-bearing capabilities of the apron to match that of the runways. The new apron will be divided into three weight-bearing categories, minimizing the cost of design and construction. The first area located in front of the terminal building and extending north will support heavy aircraft with the ability to support weight of 90,000 lbs. per dual wheel. A medium weight area will support taxing and parking for aircraft up to 60,000 lbs. per dual wheel. Finally, two concrete helicopter landing pads will support heavy skidded helicopters that cannot land on asphalt.

“We are seeing a trend towards larger aircraft utilizing the airport and these improvements will support those craft and our future needs,” said Clarksville Regional Airport Director John Patterson. “We will continue to provide more travelers the highly-rated, responsive and professional service that the flying community has come to expect from Clarksville Regional Airport.”

Apron improvements add to recent accomplishments announced by the airport including a new terminal, new airport branding, an upgraded website and new flight school capabilities, which greatly expand the Airport’s ability to attract corporate travelers, provide chartered flight service for corporate and personal travel and support recreational flying.

“This improvements package is a critical step supporting Clarksville Regional Airport’s long-term strategic goals. The specifications for the apron improvements package was designed with expansion in mind, both with regard to physical presence as well as future capabilities,” remarked Sammy Stuard, chairman of the Clarksville Montgomery County Regional Airport Authority. “The airport is taking critical steps to serve both the residents and businesses of Clarksville well into the future.”

Clarksville Police Chaplains Host Fundraising Lunch at Airport

May 7, 2014 — The Clarksville Police Department’s Chaplain Program will hold its annual fundraiser luncheon at the Clarksville Regional Airport on Saturday, May 24, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

$10 adult tickets and $8 child tickets can be purchased at the Airport prior to the event (checks only). Snow White will be on site for pictures with the kids. ALL proceeds go back to the community through aid to families and victims in need.

Professional Aeronautics Academy offers Pilot Training at Clarksville Regional

May 2, 2014 — Becoming a licensed pilot just became easier for would-be flyers in the Clarksville and Fort Campbell area. The Professional Aeronautics Academy now offers a complete professional pilot licensing program and individual flight lessons at Clarksville Regional Airport.

The arrival of PAA at Clarksville Regional is an exciting partnership opportunity for both the school and the city of Clarksville.

“The airport is always looking for positive ways to impact the community,” said Clarksville Regional Airport Director John Patterson. “PAA brings a very comprehensive service to the airport that will greatly benefit those seeking a professional aeronautics curriculum. We’re confident that we are entering a long-term relationship that really broadens the scope of what we offer.”

Tammy Stanford, director of training at PAA, shares Patterson’s sentiments.

“The airport has been extremely welcoming to PAA,” said Stanford. “The staff has been very accommodating to us and they have a strong culture of professionalism. We are glad to be located in such a beautiful facility that will enhance the experience of our students and instructors. ”

PAA programming is open to both military and civilian students. Most local students are active duty military who have some aviation experience and are looking for either initial flight training or are Fort Campbell based helicopter pilots who want to gain certification to fly commercial fixed-wing aircraft.

The program is supported by the Mountwest Community and Technical College headquartered in Huntington West Virginia. Classes run on a typical semester schedule and are offered in the fall, spring and summer.

Prospective students must score a 110 on the ASVAB military entrance exam or a 21 on the ACT college entrance exam to be considered for the program. Many students are eligible to use their Post 9-11 GI Bill benefits to complete the program.

“We’re very concerned with the finished product,” Jamie Parrish, PAA’s lead flight instructor. “PAA promotes a culture of safety; therefore our students go through a very selective process.”

The curriculum typically takes three to nine months to complete, and is dependent on the level of licensure the student is seeking and their past experience. There is both classroom and flight time required of students. However, some classroom time is offered online.

“PAA’s curriculum is uniquely designed and not only qualifies students, but gives them the experience to be competitive at the regional airline level. A student completing the required courses walks away with exactly what regional airlines are looking for in a new hire,” said Jamie Parrish.
PAA instructors are available to fly 7-days a week to help their students get in the required flight hours for their certification. All flights originate from Clarksville Regional in either PAA’s single-engine Cessna 172 and Cessna 172 RG aircraft or twin-engine Piper Seneca PA34-200.

“Our students learn on aircraft that meet high performance, multi-engine and complex requirements of the FAA for commercial pilots,” said Parrish. “You can come to PAA with zero experience and leave qualified to fly professionally in any single or twin engine plane.”

Not only do PAA students enter the job market prepared to go to work, but they are often distinguished from students in other training programs because of the additional flight time requirements. In fact, according to Parrish, the extra hours of flight time required by PAA help students immediately meet insurance requirements for commercial pilots and which “gives PAA students an edge when competing for jobs.”

“There are a lot of flight schools out there that can help you meet the minimum standards, but PAA strives to produce higher quality pilots,” said Patterson. “The students that they’re sending out into the job market are prepared and competitive. We’re glad to have them onsite at Clarksville Regional.”

PAA is accepting new student applications through May 3 for the summer semester. For more information about PAA programs or to apply, call 931-801-0687 or email Stanford@paero.org.

Clarksville Regional Airport Launches New Website

December 30, 2013 — Clarksville Regional Airport has a new point of destination for online visitors in 2014. The airport added to its recent rebranding efforts by launching a new website. The website is aimed at attracting new visitors to the airport, whether they are just passing through Clarksville or here for an extended stay.

You can visit the airport online at www.clarksvilleregional.com.

Clarksville Regional Featured in Tennessee Aviation Magazine

May 1, 2013 — coverRecently released census figures show Clarksville as being the second fastest-growing metropolitian statistical area (MSA) in the nation from 2011 to 2012. Outlaw Field certainly is making every effort to ensure that aviation in Clarksville is keeping up with that growth. Airport Manager John Patterson is a mover and shaker, and under his guidance, Outlaw Field is becoming a major player in the community. “In order to survive, you have to get involved in the community,” he said. Patterson is a spokesperson for the airport in schools, businesses, organizations, anywhere he is asked to go.

The new $4.85 million terminal also is generating more community involvement with the airport. The multi-media center is a big source of revenue. It is fully-equipped with the latest technology including Wi-Fi. It also has a catering room, a full bar area and holds 100 people and is rented out for conferences, training sessions and meetings.

One of Outlaw Field’s neighbors and associates is Fort Campbell. The army base is home to the 101st Airborne; their aviators utilize the airport on a daily basis. They practice take offs, landings and parachuting. The 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) also referred to as “Night Stalkers” runs special ops helicopter drills. The Night Stalkers are an elite unit known for using night-vision and infrared devices. Their top-notch pilots fly at very low altitudes and high speeds.

In addition, the U. S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Demonstration Team do tandem jumps with Gold Star families. A Gold Star Family is one who has lost a spouse, parent, sibling or child serving in the military. Special Forces also practice parachute maneuvers over the airport.

In liaison with other local businesses, Patterson has set up a joint training initiative at the airport with the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System. Math and science teachers will participate in a summer externship in various work settings in preparation for making their subjects in the classroom relative to real life. As he pointed out, daily activity at an airport encompasses many subjects — fuel management, accounting, grants, retail, customer service and more.

In conjunction with North Central Institute, the airport is planning a huge community day on October 5. “Just Plain Fun Days” will feature food vendors, large inflatables for the kids, band, static display and more.

Patterson wants to see it get bigger and better with more public involvement including the Industrial Development Board and the Chamber of Commerce. Not only is Outlaw Field increasing community relations, it also has an increase in traffic and fuel sales. They had 4,686 flights through January. Of military, privately owned and corporate flights, the greatest increase was in corporate. Fuel sales went to $82,700. “Where we compete is in services and facility; every airport has a runway,” Patterson commented.