Self sufficient Wellington Airport continues to wait on runway extension

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (8) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +3 Vote up Vote down Not smiling · 236 weeks ago I guess I don’t understand. How is this a good business model? From the Wellington official budget ; Airport revenue; 2014 = (118,667.75) 2015 = ( 42,980.00) ( is bad !!!! ) Self sufficient or panhandling a free spending council? $15k bond for $12k profit? Report Reply 3 replies · active 236 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Ted”Theodore” Logan · 236 weeks ago It’s called a red herring, and the timing is impeccable. See how you forgot about the golf course? The airport is something you should REALLY be upset about. Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down SuCo Pride · 236 weeks ago I wonder if that is a direct result of the decrease in fuel costs. As stated in the article, the lower cost doesn’t actually impact the profit margins, but will impact the overall revenue. Did you also look as the expenses for the airport? I would assume those are down as well as related to the cost of fuel. Sometimes you have to look at the full picture, rather than being outraged at a snapshot. Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down SuCo Pride · 236 weeks ago I’ll answer that question for you. Expenses were down $116,016 from 2014 to 2015. Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down Jim · 236 weeks ago How about extending to 5,280 feet to be the mile LONG airport? Report Reply 0 replies · active 236 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Thirsty · 236 weeks ago All, You have to spend money to make money in business. If you don’t know that go get an education and stop acting like you know everything if all you are going to do is whine. The airport is a bit of a problem to a certain degree but what isn’t in Wellington. Rather than whine about what the problem is how about people brain storm to determine the best ways to turn these entities around. An extension for the airport so bigger planes can land and refuel (ie: more gas sales) is a good thing. New irrigation at the golf course (ie: less water consumption) is a good thing. All these things are investments to ensure an efficient and prosperous future. If you saw the disrepair of some of the tubing and water lines at the golf course you would probably cringe. My guess is there are all sorts of leaks and holes in the current irrigation lines just letting water flow right into the ground on your dime. It does need to be fixed to save you money. Also think about annual repairs that have to be done to a faulty irrigation system to keep it functioning. Those will be minimized by installing a new system and can honestly be done 1 hole at a time. It wouldn’t really need to shut down the course (to lose even more revenue) and it would be good for anywhere between 10-30 years before it would need replaced again. More likely on the upper side as the courses irrigation isn’t needed a lot of the colder months. Report Reply 0 replies · active 236 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Sunshine · 236 weeks ago I see quite a bit of potential for Wellington regarding the airport expansion. The local hold course, shops, restaurants and motels could offer discounts to those who fly in to our airport. Maybe Countryside could have a small rental car station out there to get these potential customers to our town. The chamber could advertise these incentives nation-wide to bring people who would normally fly in to the crowded Wichita airport. If these people can afford to own, and fly, personal aircraft then it would be safe to assume they also would have the funds to eat dinner here or spend a few hours checking out the cute shops downtown. If advertised and marketed right, this expansion could have a positive impact on our town. Lord knows we need something positive these days. Report Reply 1 reply · active 236 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 236 weeks ago The advertising, marketing and incentives would have to be on point to lure someone that owns their own plane to our downtown. Maybe enlist the casino to offer something? I happen to know someone that works in the casino industry, and having a short jaunt from an airport to the casino floor would definitely be attractive to their high rollers – if the service meets such expectations. But, that same crowd would look at Wellington and thing, “Naw, I’ll stay at the casino”. Who knows, maybe there’s something that could be worked out there. Most people that I know that own their own planes head to destinations for very specific reasons. We’ll need more than “we have a quaint downtown that sells things for twice what you can find them on amazon” to ATTRACT people here. Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The groundwork is done, and now Wellington Airport manager Patrick Hamlin is waiting to see when the paving of the runway extension will be finished. They have received some grants, but are in a holding pattern about the remainder of the funding for the project that would extend the runway to 5,200 feet from its current 4,200 feet.The Wellington Airport is self sufficient for the most part as far as running the facility. The airport serves as sort of a gas station for jets making trips across the country. Hamlin said small private jets find it easier to stop in Wellington to get fuel, than to stop at the Wichita airport and contend with all the traffic.The airport ended the year in 2015 by turning a small profit of about $12,000. That is not a lot in the overall scheme of things, but it does at least show the airport is self sufficient. It cannot however, do large projects like a runway extension with its income. That is where grants come in.The runway project will cost about $3 million, and it is a 90 percent FAA grant, meaning the airport or city would have to come up with the 10 percent match of about $300,000. That could be financed through bonds and would not need to come directly from city money.It is still a ways down the road, Hamlin said. They are waiting to see what the FAA will fund, and have broken the project down into pieces over three years. If the Wellington Airport officials get partial funding, they will be able to do some of the work that way. Hamlin said if they get the runway extended they will be able to serve larger aircraft that needs at least 5,000 feet to land. That would mean more traffic and more fuel sales.The project of improving the airstrip to begin with started in 2011 with a one time payment of $190,000 to the city for oil and gas leases. It was a one time payment that had to be spent at the airport. That led the Wellington Airport Authority to apply for larger grants and improvements have been made to the runway using FAA money.The airport now has extended parking area and the runway has been lengthened to a degree. Since then they have also done earthwork making the ground ready for the next extension. The authority has also approved an extensive environmental impact study which was required for the grant.The City of Wellington is not currently having to spend money on the airport. Wellington Finance Director Shane Shields said there has been some money reimbursed from the general fund of the past five or six years, but that has also decreased recently. The city did have to come up with $15,000 for part of a bond issue last year.The airport gets its money from refueling airplanes or jets, some parking of aircraft as in rental spaces, and from leasing land around it for farming.When pilots refuel a jet, that takes 300 to 500 gallons and it requires someone to be there. Small private airplanes can refuel using a self service pump must like a gas station for cars, and that usually is 30 gallons or so.Gas prices for aircraft has also decreased lately, but the margin is about the same, so the airport is not losing any money because of lower fuel prices.The expansion project could also benefit the city in another way with the expansion of its sewer system. As part of the grant, they are trying to extend the sewer from the city to the airport, and that would mean extending services to industry in the area and all along the route. Currently, they are on the city system but use a lagoon system that is not hooked into the city’s waste water program.Hamlin said that would also cut down on the number of geese flying over the airport, and that would be better for the airplanes flying in the area.The city had planned to do the sewer project at some point, but this will make it faster and at a much lower cost to the city.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Groundbreaking school STEM programme launched at Donegal school

first_imgMinister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh, joined students and representatives of the global biopharmaceutical company AbbVie at a special educational event at St Naul’s National School in Inver today.The visit marked the official launch of the company’s Back to School for STEM programme, a schools’ outreach which promotes the job opportunities widely available in Ireland for those holding STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) qualifications.Employees from AbbVie’s five Irish offices and manufacturing plants will visit schools, including those they themselves studied at, to talk about the difference that those working in STEM can make for wider society. Minister McHugh said: “This programme is about opening young minds to the possibilities that can be unlocked with expertise in STEM.“Fifth and sixth class students in St Naul’s – and at the other primary schools which will be visited by AbbVie employees – will hopefully soon have the opportunity to select science, chemistry, physics and other STEM-related subjects as subject options.Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD, tries out an experiment with school principal Rory O’Donnell and Frances Doherty, Robert Love and Caroline of the global biopharmaceutical company AbbVie at a special educational event at St Naul’s National School in Inver, Donegal today. (North West Newspix)“Ireland is a global hub for life sciences and technology, so STEM education is crucial to continued future economic success. I commend AbbVie for their community commitment in working with schools.“It’s crucial we all encourage young people’s interest in STEM. Programmes like this can spark a love of science in children and put them on a path to incredibly rewarding lifelong careers,” he added. Columba McGarvey, Site Director at AbbVie’s manufacturing plant in Ballytivnan, Sligo, and a native of Teelin, spoke to the students about the wide-ranging and exciting career opportunities a STEM-focused career in the biopharmaceutical industry can offer.AbbVie recently announced a €113 million expansion in oncology-focused manufacturing technology at their Ballytivnan site in Sligo. The company also has a second plant in the town. The investment will create approximately 100 new jobs over the course of three years in a variety of technical and manufacturing positions.Mr McGarvey was responsible for managing AbbVie’s plant in Puerto Rico when Hurricane Maria devasted the Caribbean island.He told the young students that successfully studying STEM subjects could literally open up a world of job opportunities.“A career in STEM offers so many possibilities – ones that are fulfilling personally but, crucially, opportunities to positively affect communities and wider society at a time when multiple challenges face us. STEM can help you make a difference whether that be in helping to address climate change or being part of teams developing new treatments for cancer,” he added. Frances Doherty, a Biologics Technician at AbbVie’s Ballytivnan site in Sligo, who is originally from Coolboy outside Letterkenny, gave students her view on the benefits of working in a STEM job.Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD, pictured with staff and students and members of AbbVie durng the global biopharmaceutical companys special educational event at St Naul’s National School in Inver, Donegal. (North West Newspix)It is an important perspective at a time when, according to new research[ii], 64 per cent of girls in Irish secondary schools say they don’t know enough about STEM while 26 per cent of all students believe there are easier ways of getting CAO points than choosing to study STEM.“One of the biggest misconceptions about STEM subjects is that they are too difficult to get into, and that they can hinder your progress. The truth is that studying STEM subjects strengthens your options and can set you up for multiple life-long career paths.“If you are strong in these areas, you really do have the chance to change the world for the better. For example, Ireland is a global pharmaceutical manufacturing leader. Ten of the world’s top ten companies are based here, producing life-changing medicines that are distributed to people in need around the world. This is just one example, from just one area, of the many rewarding, challenging and interesting careers that studying STEM can help to unlock.” Students on the day in Inver had the opportunity to participate in a number of STEM-related activities and experiments which helped to outline the key skills that students can acquire by studying STEM subjects.School Principal Rory O’Donnell thanked AbbVie for organising the initiative and paid tribute to Minister McHugh for attending the event and taking time out of his busy schedule to meet and encourage local students.Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD, with school principal Rory O’Donnell and pupils with Robert Love, Columba McGarvey and Caroline McClafferty of the global biopharmaceutical company AbbVie at a special educational event at St Naul’s National School in Inver, Donegal today. (North West Newspix)“Role models are vital if young people are to be inspired and encouraged to consider committing to STEM educational pathways and potential careers. Students that develop an interest in STEM in secondary school are more likely to study STEM subjects in college. This programme helps open up their imagination to what’s possible before they have to make those subject choices, and that’s a good thing,” he added.The STEM Gap in IrelandAccording to the most recent Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) ‘Science in Ireland Barometer: An analysis of the Irish public’s perceptions and awareness of STEM[iii]’, 70 per cent of students believe STEM is too specialised for them, and 52 per cent of respondents were deterred from studying science and maths at third level, largely due to the way in which these subjects were taught at primary and secondary level.AbbVie recently announced that it will be the main corporate sponsor of Sligo Science Week for the next three years. This commitment underlines the company’s continued support of science education activities in the wider North West region.Groundbreaking school STEM programme launched at Donegal school was last modified: October 24th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:AbbViedonegalinverSt.NaulsSTEMlast_img read more

Free Pass to the 2014 NAB Show

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Bengal records 100 dengue cases

first_imgAt least 100 cases dengue have been reported from West Bengal’s Birbhum district.“We have received reports of at least 100 cases of dengue since July 23. While about 60 of these cases are from the Dubrajpur town in the district’s Suri Sadar sub-division, the rest are from other areas such as Bolpur and Rampurhat towns. But no one has died so far,” Chief Medical Officer of Birbhum, Himadri Ari, told The Hindu. He also said that no cases of dengue have been reported from the flood-affected Labhpur block in the district. According to district officials, a large-scale awareness campaign has been undertaken.last_img read more

Sport healthy and clear skin

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Ananth Kumar: Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers

first_imgBorn in 1959 in Bangalore, HN Ananth Kumar has a bachelors in Law. Kumar was influenced by RSS from his childhood and joined the ABVP, the student wing of BJP. During the Emergency, he was imprisoned and was later elected ABVP’s State Secretary and then its National Secretary in 1985. He later joined BJP and was nominated as the State President of BJP Yuva Morcha. He was then made National Secretary of the party in 1996.In 1996, he was elected from Bangalore South Lok Sabha constituency and has been elected from the same seat six consecutive times. In 1998 he was inducted into the Union Cabinet headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee as the Minister for Civil Aviation. In 1999, he became a Cabinet minister in the NDA government. He handled various ministries like Tourism, Sports & Youth Affairs, Culture, Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation.He became the President of the Karnataka state unit of BJP in 2003 and led the BJP to become the single largest party in the Legislative Assembly and won the highest number of Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka in 2004. In 2004, he was appointed as the National General Secretary of the BJP and has held that post ever since.last_img read more