Pekin Municipal Airport Receives Illinois General Aviation Airport of the Year Award
Illinois’ Division of Aeronautics recognizes airport manager Todd Dugan and the Pekin Municipal Airport for redevelopment improvements and overall contribution to Illinois airspace community.
Pekin, IL- This month Pekin Municipal Airport was recognized as the 2020 Illinois General Aviation Airport of the Year.
|Pekin Municipal Airport manager Todd Dugan |
and Director of IDOT Aeronautics Clayton Strambaugh.
“When I was hired, the airfield was in rough shape, the taxiway lights did not work, the runway lights were about to give out, and the runway needed replaced,” states Todd Dugan. Todd Dugan has served as the airport’s manager for approximately four years now. His knowledge of the industry and diligence to work with multiple agencies has elevated the airport in numerous ways.
Dugan says, “It amazing how much the airfield has improved in just four years and the change in perception of the airport in the community… From a dilapidated airfield to Illinois General Aviation Airport of the Year!”
Todd Dugan reflects the recent improvements to Pekin Municipal Airport could not have been made possible without the support of the Mayor and City Council, City Manager, the Airport Commission, and an active tenant base. Dugan has also helped to secure grant funding toward facility redevelopment. Redevelopment will now focus on expansion, bringing more airplanes to the field: increasing hangar rental income, fuel sales and operations.
“We now have a brand-new runway, LED runway and taxiway lights and hangar development on the horizon for the first time in 30 years. We are also home to Tarragon Aircraft USA. This is a Latvian Aircraft and we are the sole dealer in North America,” remarks Dugan.
The airport also recently hosted their 8th Wings and Wheels event. Patrons were able to tour several small aircrafts that are home to the airport, have short airplane rides around the area and check out dozens of vintage and custom cars.
The airport has a multitude of benefits such as low gas prices, no landing fees, and no short-term tie-down/parking fees. Feel free to use the provided courtesy car or take advantage of the free coffee, popcorn, pilot lounge, wireless access, and vending machines. For more information about the Pekin Municipal Airport, visit http://www.ci.pekin.il.us/departments/airport/airport.php or follow on Facebook.
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