Sawyer International Airport

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.

SAWYER, MI--   A morning flight to Detroit from Sawyer International Airport is returning in March. 

SkyWest Airlines, operating as Delta, will operate two daily flights to Detroit Metro. The earlier flight will depart at approximately 10:26 a.m. Sawyer will continue its current flight to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport at 7:30 a.m. and its non-stop flight to Chicago O’Hare via American Airlines at 8:47 a.m.

SAWYER, MI--   Sawyer International Airport is getting nearly $6 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation. 

Michigan Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters announced the funding Tuesday. The money will be used for improvement projects, including runway rehabilitation.

Airport Manager Duane DuRay says the grants will allow Marquette County to complete long-overdue projects. He says at the same time it will reduce operating expenses and let Sawyer International continue to offer service to the central U.P. 

SAWYER, MI--   Marquette County is getting money from the Federal Aviation Administration for Sawyer International Airport. 

Just over $175,000 will be used to rehabilitate runways, improve structural integrity, and remove debris at the airport.

The money comes through the FAA’s Runway Incursion Mitigation Program, which helps airports identify, prioritize, and develop strategies to mitigate risk.

SAWYER, MI--   American Airlines passengers traveling through Sawyer International Airport will enjoy bigger planes and a higher-class flying experience, at least for a while. 

The airline is modifying its American Eagle CRJ-700 fleet of regional jets to add advanced Wi-Fi technology.  The work is being performed by Envoy Air at its maintenance base at Sawyer. 

While the work is being performed American will substitute larger, two-class jets on its scheduled flights.  Officials say passengers will experience a roomier aircraft and first-class amenities. 

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MARQUETTE, MI (AP)--   Helicopters have been flying over the Marquette area as a nearby airport serves as a winter icing test area for the U.S. Army.  

Sawyer International Airport Manager Duane DuRay says the Army has sent a team to test a Korean Aerospace Industries helicopter's ability to operate in frigid temperatures and icing conditions.

The Mining Journal reports that the Army's CH-47D Chinook helicopter leads the operation as it covers the helicopter being tested with icing spray. An additional aircraft hangs by to monitor conditions throughout the flight.

SAWYER, MI--   U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters have announced Sawyer International Airport in Marquette County is getting a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration. 

The $702,900 will be used to install runway fencing and rehabilitate the runway itself. 

“Travelers to and from the Upper Peninsula count on Sawyer International Airport for safe and reliable transportation,” Peters says.  “This funding will make important improvements to the airport’s overall safety and operations and will encourage economic growth in the region.”  

MARQUETTE, MI--   Marquette County Emergency Management officials are holding a disaster exercise  in conjunction with Sawyer International Airport and two hospitals on Saturday.  

Officials say the Emergency Response Full Scale Exercise will allow agencies to learn what to do if a disaster happens by testing communications, mutual aid, and emergency response procedures. 

Military testing chopper in U.P. cold

Feb 17, 2015

SAWYER, MI (AP)--   The U.S. Army is planning to carry out three months of winter icing helicopter testing over the Central U.P. from Sawyer International Airport.  

The Army's Redstone Test Center's Aviation Flight Test Directorate near Huntsville, Alabama, has sent a team to Sawyer to ice test helicopters.  The group is working with an Italian flight operations team for AgustaWestland, maker of the twin-engine AW189 helicopter.

AgustaWestland spokeswoman Lauren Slepian says preliminary test trials were conducted in February through April 2014 in Duluth, Minnesota.

Timber sold at Sawyer airport

Jan 26, 2015

SAWYER, MI (AP)--   Officials in Marquette County have approved a $97,500 bid for a timber sale on 321 acres of county-owned property at and around Sawyer International Airport. 

The Mining Journal of Marquette reports the high bid from J. Carey Logging Incorporated of Channing was approved Tuesday. The timber harvest is expected to be completed by mid-June.

The newspaper says officials want to remove trees at the airport in part to reduce habitat for wildlife that might pose a hazard to aircraft.