Sawyer International Airport

SAWYER, MI--   Sawyer International Airport has received a major grant for expansion of a hangar.

Congressman Jack Bergman announced the $1,099,199 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation Wednesday. Airport officials applied for the funding from the Federal Aviation Administration’s Military Airports Program. It will be used to design and engineer the expansion of Hangar 665 so it can service larger aircraft.

SAWYER, MI--   Two people are safe after their plane crash-landed near a field about five miles east of Sawyer International Airport Monday night.

Michigan State Police from the Negaunee Post say the crash site was on County Road 545 near Falstedt Road. The 48-year-old pilot says he lost engine power while in flight around 8:30 p.m. and had to make an emergency landing. He says he overshot a field he was aiming for, landed on CR 545, veered off the roadway and hit some trees.

The pilot and his 8-year-old son were located outside of the plane, uninjured.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Sawyer International Airport is celebrating 20 years in business.

In 1994 KI Sawyer Air Force Base closed, leaving a 12,700 foot runway and a vast expanse of land. Scott Erbisch is Marquette County’s Administrator and formerly the Director of Operations at Sawyer. He says, "Moving the airport from the former Negaunee Township location seemed like the right opportunity for Marquette County to potentially grow its airport flight options and to position the airport for more economic development opportunities.”

MARQUETTE, MI--   Two Upper Peninsula airports will benefit from funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation. 

The DOT announced $477 million in infrastructure grants for 264 airports across the country on Wednesday. The money will go toward projects to rehabilitate and construct runways and taxiways and acquire and replace equipment to ensure the safety of passengers and airline workers.

Sawyer International Airport is getting $678,150 and the Chippewa County International Airport in Sault Ste. Marie $155,325.

SAWYER, MI--   Starting Monday Sawyer International Airport is offering TSA PreCheck.

PreCheck allows travelers deemed a low risk by the Transportation Security Administration to pass through an expedited security screening. Passengers in the PreCheck program also do not have to remove shoes, laptops, liquids, belts, or light jackets.

Sawyer is the first airport in the U.P. to offer TSA PreCheck. It joins more than 200 airports and 67 airlines nationwide to offer the service.

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SAWYER, MI--   Sawyer International Airport’s Duane DuRay has been named Airport Manager of the Year by the Michigan Association of Airport Executives. 

He was given the award at the association’s 66th annual Fall Conference. The MAAE says DuRay continues to work on projects that improve the airport, including runway rehabilitation, several grants, addition of the Minneapolis/St. Paul flight option, and moving the airport to a higher level of security.

DuRay has served as the airport manager since 2012, following his position at Gogebic Iron County Airport.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Sawyer International Airport and emergency management and response agencies are conducting a full-scale exercise at the airport Saturday. 

Teresa Schwalbach is the Marquette County Emergency Management Coordinator. She says the exercise allows emergency response agencies to learn what to do if something happens by testing communications, mutual aid, and emergency response procedures.

The exercise will take place at two locations—physically at the airport and virtually at UPHS-Marquette. Volunteer patients will be present at Sawyer only.

SAWYER, MI--   Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey will be studying the geology of the Central U.P. over the next few months. 

People may witness a low-flying airplane above the broader Iron Mountain-Escanaba-Marquette region this spring and summer. Scientists will conduct a high-resolution survey to help them understand the geology—including buried rock types and faults—of the area.

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MARQUETTE, MI--   One of the largest aircrafts in the world is landing at Sawyer International Airport this week. 

The Antonov AN-124 is tentatively scheduled to arrive Wednesday around 11:30 a.m. Its purpose is to pick up a South Korean helicopter, which has been at Sawyer for about six months. The Korean aerospace industry and South Korean Army have been working with the U.S. Army to run de-icing tests on military aircraft.

The AN-124 is used for heavy cargo and is in demand for carrying special goods. It’s expected to leave Sawyer Thursday at 12:30 a.m.

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