Photo above – Left to right are, North Dakota Aeronautics Commission Executive Director – Kyle Wanner, Tioga Municipal Airport Authority Manager and Chairperson – Chris Norgaard, and Airport Association of North Dakota President – Matthew Remynse.
The Tioga Municipal Airport has received the North Dakota “2019 General Aviation Airport of the Year” award. The award was presented on March 3rd, 2020 at the North Dakota Upper Midwest Aviation Symposium held in Minot. The award is sponsored by the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission in partnership with the Airport Association of North Dakota. This award is for excellence in community awareness, airport management, special events, and beautification projects.
Presenting the award was Kyle Wanner, Executive Director of the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission, and Matthew Remynse, President of the Airport Association of North Dakota. Accepting the award for the Tioga Municipal Airport was Chris Norgaard, Chairperson of the Airport Authority.
Tioga Airport Accomplishments for 2019:
The Tioga Municipal Airport showed a strong belief in aviation advocacy and community outreach. The airport helped support the fifth annual Drone Camp where over two days kids are instructed on drone use, safety, privacy, competitive flight, and vocational opportunities. The event is STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) certified so students can earn high school education credits.
In 2019, the Tioga Economic Development Corporation secured $20,000 for a private pilot training program. The goal of the program is to help offset the cost of getting a private pilot license in order to train tomorrow’s pilots. Tioga has a Certified Flight Instructor and due to the program, several individuals have already signed up to begin flight training at the airport.
The Tioga Municipal Airport hosted a soft opening of their beautiful, new general aviation terminal in fall of 2019. The new terminal is a coalescence of years of hard work. Over the last decade or so the airport has seen an influx of aircraft operations mostly due to the growth of the energy industry. This growth and years of hard work has allowed the airport to expand infrastructure including an upgraded aircraft fueling system accommodating aviation and jet fuel, taxiway and apron expansions with the ability to accommodate larger aircraft, additional GPS navigation on Runway 12, and now, their new public terminal which caters not only to the public, but also the business traveler.
The Tioga Airport is very accommodating to travelers and businesses through their full service Fixed Based Operator, Tioga Aero Center. Tioga Aero Center provides trained technicians, full-service jet and aviation fuel, heated hangar space, on call maintenance, de-icing services, lavatory services, rental cars, and much more.