Delta County Airport

ESCANABA, MI--   The Delta County Airport is hosting a two-day skydiving event this week.

Airport manager TJ Reed says it will be the first event to kick off what he hopes will be an annual occurrence. He says officials are working to revitalize Aviation Day at the airport. Reed is anticipating bringing back static aircraft displays and spot landing and flower drop competitions.

The skydiving takes place Thursday and Friday at M&M Aviation on Airport Road in Escanaba.

For more information, contact Reed at 906-241-8504.

ESCANABA, MI--   The Delta County Airport will offer Essential Air Service flights to Detroit for another two years.

Congressman Jack Bergman says the U.S. Department of Transportation has re-selected SkyWest Airlines—branded as Delta Connection—to serve Escanaba. The airport will offer 12 nonstop round trips per week to Detroit Metropolitan Airport using a 50 passenger Canadair regional jet.

The new, two-year contract runs from January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2020.

ESCANABA, MI--   Two “Super Scoopers” practiced drops at the Delta County Airport Tuesday. 

The Canadair CL-415 is designed and built as a water bomber for aerial firefighting. It can scoop up to 1,600 gallons of water from a nearby source and drop it on a fire. There are only four such aircraft in the U.S.

Due to spring wildfire season the Forest Service has the tankers, a helicopter, and an air attack plane stationed at the airport. At 9 a.m. the tankers conducted proficiency tests, which included scooping water from Lake Michigan and dropping it at the airport.

ESCANABA, MI--   The Delta County Airport has begun rehabilitation work. 

The cross-wind runway and Alpha taxiway are being milled and redone, and the taxiway lights are being replaced with energy-efficient LEDs.

The $2.5 million project is being funded by the Federal Aviation Administration, the airport, and the Michigan Department of Transportation.

ESCANABA, MI--   The Delta County Airport is holding an active shooter drill Wednesday. 

The facility will be closed between 10:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. for the training.

County, Enterprise, TSA, Delta Airlines employees, and the veteran’s service officer will take part in the drill. The public is being asked to stay away from the airport until the training is complete.

Officials say no flights will be disrupted.

ESCANABA, MI--   The Delta County Airport is getting $2.7 million from the Federal Aviation Administration for rehabilitation projects. 

The money will be used to refurbish the runway and provide new signage and LED lighting for portions of the runway and taxiway.

Airport Manager Kelly Smith says the upgrades will make the facility more energy efficient and ensure that the airport is complying with safety regulations. She says ultimately, the funding will enable the Delta County Airport to continue to offer safe and reliable commercial air service in the U.P. 

ESCANABA, MI--   The Delta County Airport is getting $269,562 from the Federal Aviation Administration. 

The grant will be used to rehabilitate runways and purchase new aircraft rescue and firefighting equipment.

It comes through the FAA’s Runway Incursion Mitigation Program, which aims to reduce the risk of people, vehicles, or aircraft entering the protected areas of an airport.  The FAA has developed an updated inventory of airport locations where runway incursions have occurred and is now working with airports on mitigation strategies.

Two Michigan airports getting federal funding for upgrades

Aug 14, 2015

ESCANABA, MI (AP)--   Two Michigan airports are getting U.S. Department of Transportation support for upgrades.  

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters of Michigan announced Thursday a $476,900 grant for Delta County Airport in Escanaba. The funding will help the airport rehabilitate its runway, acquire a passenger lift for disabled travelers and update taxiway markings.

ESCANABA, MI--   Flights have resumed at the Delta County Airport. 

A malfunction of the Airport Weather Observation System shut down operations Monday until Federal Aviation Administration personnel could diagnose the problem. 

Officials say an antenna had moved over time, creating a less-than-optimal communication line to the main equipment.  Airport administration and the FAA are working on moving the antenna to a more favorable position.  Officials also want to establish a core group of weather observers as a back-up in case of future problems.

ESCANABA, MI--   Flights at the Delta County Airport are canceled for a time because of equipment failure.

The Federal Aviation Administration weather equipment called AWOS—or Airport Weather Observations System—is malfunctioning, and flights cannot take off or land without it. 

Airport administration says no one but FAA staff can diagnose and fix the problem, and because Monday is a federal holiday the AWOS won’t be examined until at least Tuesday morning.  At that point Delta County officials should know how long the equipment will be down.