Navigating the Friendly skies
Cheyenne Regional Airport finds various ways to generate revenue, amid the pandemic.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - While out on the runways today, Wyoming News Now discovered the various ways Cheyenne's airport can stay afloat and not become obsolete during America's reopening.
According to a flight school examiner while airlines are not flying in and out of the airport. General aviation is at an all-time high. Based on the lack of air traffic coming through Cheyenne, you may assume that the airport is going to struggle. Contrary to the belief, there’s a variety of aviation at the airport.
“We have jets here every day that belong to Target, Walmart, and the refinery plus Little America. There’s quite the commercial operation that happens here every day.”
On the grounds of the airport, a flight school lives, “Wings Over Wyoming.” Friday morning, Vice President Mike Pence’s backup flight crew used Cheyenne Regional airport for training. The combination of in-flight coaching brings revenue to the airport that shut down in March.
“Well, I do around 5-7 check rides a week. We get people here from all over the country, sometimes all over the world.”
Jamin Katzer, a private plane owner and pilot, said multiple benefactors to becoming an aviation enthusiast.
“You can see why I got my pilot license, why I own an airplane, it allows me the freedoms of this great country. To be able to offer this to one of my friends where he can jump-start his career in flying. Imagine to get certified, you have to buy everything as you go to become certified, and that can become daily expensive.”
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