Member Spotlight – McPherson Airport

Member Spotlight – McPherson Airport

Whether corporate teams are flying in/out, medical transports are providing life-saving flights, student pilots are logging hours, or recreational pilots are soaring the skies, the McPherson Airport sees its share of traffic.

Chamber members crowded the office March 14th as the airport hosted the weekly Chamber Connection and airport manager Cynthia Peterson gave a brief history about how a farmer named William Janssen developed his own airport located on the northeast part of what is presently the McPherson Airport. In the late 1940s the City Commission negotiated a deal to purchase that airport. Over the years, the City and County have purchased additional acreage, secured more hangars for rental to plane owners, and promoted improvements.

Peterson is the first manager at the McPherson Airport that is not a pilot. She had her first airplane ride at two weeks old, thanks to her pilot father, and has enjoyed airplanes ever since. But, as she says, “Someone needs to stay on the ground and watch the store.”

Hoping to inspire the next generation of aviation enthusiasts, the McPherson Airport participates in EAA Young Eagles flights, which pairs volunteer pilots with youth ages 8 to 17 to get their first free ride in an airplane. It’s the only national program of its kind, with the sole mission to introduce and inspire kids in the world of aviation.

The McPherson Airport also provides a great opportunity to make the dream of flying come true. McPherson Airport has the resources you need to acquire your pilot’s license. Visit their website or call 620-241-0684 for information. Terminal hours are Monday-Friday 8:30-5 and Saturday 8-noon if you’d prefer to stop by 1000 S. Hwy 81 Bypass with your questions. They’ll be happy to help you. Meanwhile, be sure to check out photos from the March 14th Chamber Connection.