The Nebraska Airport of the Year for 2016, is the Beatrice Municipal Airport. The facility in north Beatrice won the honor at the Nebraska Aviation Symposium, January 26th in Kearney. This is the second time the local airport has won the honor. Beatrice Municipal Airport was the first general aviation airport in Nebraska to receive the honor, back in 1992.
Airport Manager Diana Smith says the major changes over the years have been a new administration building and upgraded runways.
The main runway work included new and improved LED lighting. New lighting will also be installed as part of the diagonal runway work this year. Both projects make use of FAA grant funding, along with local budget support.
The Beatrice Municipal Airport was called a show place with an excellent Administration building combining a flight planning room, pilot lounge and offices. Full service fuel is available with an FAA certified aviation maintenance technician on the field.
Smith called the award a great honor for the airport, and there will soon be a marker designating the facility as the Airport of the Year.
EAA Young Eagle rides are frequently given at the airport and Smith often gives presentations to groups promoting aviation.