The Kent State University Airport is flying high.
The Ohio Aviation Association named the airport as its Airport of the Year during a recent annual conference in Columbus.
“The Airport of the Year award is significant to me because it recognizes the efforts of so many people who are moving together in the same direction to improve not only our airport facility, but also the aeronautics program,” airport manager David Poluga said in a prepared statement. “Running an airport is a complex operation, and it takes the collective commitments of the university, our students and the local community to make it work.”
At the conference, Poluga also received an honorable mention for Airport Manager of the Year.
The Kent State University Airport, 4020 Kent Road, has been serving the community as a general aviation airport for decades. Originally opened in 1920 by the Ohio Flying School and Transport Co., the airport has since evolved into the home of Kent State’s flight training program, which serves thousands of flights every year.
Along with flight training, the airport also serves the regional general aviation community and accommodates private turboprop and jet aircraft.
Every September, the airport hosts Kent State’s Aeronautics Fair. The free public event features old war aircraft, such as the B-25 and the C-47 in addition to state-of-the art technologies. The program also offers airplane rides throughout the day.
For more information about the Kent State University Airport, visit www.kent.edu/airport.