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Press Releases

News Release
For more information contact:
Jim Schell
Deputy Director of Aviation

Monday, December 8, 2014

Santa Plans Departure from North Pole in Cessna 172!

It’s that time of year again! We just received word that Santa is planning a flight for Saturday, December 13, for his 6th annual appearance at the Cheyenne Regional Airport! It’s a long trip to Cheyenne from the North Pole, but Mrs. Claus assured FAA safety inspectors that she’ll make sure Santa meets all rest requirements.

Santa will fly his trusty Cessna 172 instead of his sleigh this time because the reindeer are busy at the peak of their training. The reindeer’s strength and conditioning coach, Speedy Von Gallop stated, “I’ve seen a great amount of improvement this year on the physical shape of our sleigh team, but we’re just not quite up to par yet. A few more laps around the world and we should be good to go.”

As always, Santa is thrilled to have the opportunity to visit the children in Cheyenne, and hopes to see every boy and girl there at the airport! He also wanted to remind the children to bring their cameras, present requests, and appetites! After all, Santa loves sharing some hot chocolate and cookies with all the children.

The Airport will be holding the event from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Passenger Holding Area, which can be accessed from the Airport Terminal. Peaks Café will provide delicious refreshments and snacks for everyone. Hope to see you there!

For more information regarding the 6th Annual Santa Fly-In, please e-mail the airport at info@cheyenneairport.com.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Santa will be visting the Cheyenne Regional Airport for the 5th Annual Santa Fly-In!
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Saturday, December 8 - Santa is making his 4th annual appearance at the Cheyenne Regional Airport!

It’s that time of year again! Santa’s Public Relations team has confirmed Santa will make an appearance at Cheyenne Regional Airport Saturday, December 8, 3 p.m.-5 p.m.

As always, Santa loves to visit well-behaved children all over the world, but his rep. said, “Santa is exceptionally excited to visit the wonderful boys and girls of the Cheyenne community.”

Santa is promoting courtesy and graciousness to all children, but his new reindeer handler, Elfonzo Antlers also wants to remind children not to forget the “milk and cookies on December 24th. It keeps Santa in a jolly mood and the reindeer respond well to his belly full of goodies.”

Because Santa’s reindeer need to conserve their energy for Christmas Eve, Rudolph and the gang will be resting up at the North Pole while Santa cruises into the airport in his Cessna 172. The children will be able to watch as Santa lands and taxis to the terminal. He will then be available for pictures, to share hot cocoa with the children, and most importantly, take present requests!  

Tune-in to KFBC radio; The Boss to hear live coverage of the event if you must miss it.
As with the previous years, the Airport will be holding the event in the passenger holding area, referred to as “Concourse A.” Peaks Café II will provide refreshments and snacks. Hope to see you there!

For more information about the Santa Fly-In please email the airport at info@cheyenneairport.com.

Commemorative Air Force B-25 to Make a Stop at Cheyenne Regional Airport

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Monday, December 20, 2010
Santa’s Flight Tracked LIVE on Google Maps

Via press release from the Federal Aviation Administration.

FAA Certifies Santa’s NextGen-Equipped Sleigh for Christmas Eve

WASHINGTON – Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) safety inspectors at the North Pole certified Santa One, the reindeer-powered sleigh piloted by Santa Claus, for its Christmas Eve round-the-world delivery mission.

Santa One, led by Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, is outfitted with new satellite-based NextGen technology, which will allow Santa to deliver more toys to more children with improved safety and efficiency.

“Children around the world will get their gifts on time, regardless of the weather, thanks to NextGen,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “We’re proud to say NextGen is bringing Santa Claus to town.”

Rudolph’s red nose has been outfitted with avionics that will broadcast Santa One’s position via satellites to air traffic controllers around the world with improved accuracy, integrity and reliability.

“Santa’s cockpit display will help improve his situational awareness by showing him and his reindeer flight crew their precise location in relation to other aircraft, bad weather and terrain,” said FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt. “NextGen will help make this an extra-safe Christmas Eve.”

The sleigh’s onboard systems have been upgraded with state-of-the-art, NextGen technology that will allow Santa One to maintain cruising altitude for as long as possible before making a continuous descent into cities and towns around the world. While maneuvering on rooftops, an advanced, onboard runway safety system will help reduce the risk of incursions between the sleigh and chimneys.

Santa’s reindeer-powered sleigh is already energy-efficient, but the NextGen technologies will further reduce Santa One’s carbon hoofprint. The shorter, faster routings means that Rudolph and the other reindeer will consume less hay, resulting in fewer greenhouse gases.

Unlike any other pilot, Santa has special permission from the FAA to fly thousands of domestic and international short-haul and long-range flights in one night. In keeping with the FAA's science-based proposal to give pilots more rest, Santa will arrange his flight plan based on his circadian rhythm. Mrs. Claus also assured FAA safety inspectors that she’ll make sure he gets plenty of rest before the flight on Christmas Eve.

Follow Santa’s progress on Christmas Eve at the NORAD Tracks Santa website: http://www.noradsanta.org
See how NextGen is going to improve the safety and efficiency of Santa’s rooftop descents: http://www.faa.gov/go/santa

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Airport Board Reviews Future Terminal Design Concepts

November 10, 2010 – Architectural Alliance International, a design firm contracted by the Airport’s Engineering Firm Short, Elliot and Hendrickson, presented members of the Airport Board today with design ideas for the proposed terminal for the Airport.

According to Architectural Alliance, the users of the new facility should be able to gain a sense of place or character, and illustrate the culture of the community through the use of regional materials, local artists, and design. The firm has considered the topography of Cheyenne, which they considered very linear, with man-made structures such as the rail road and snow fencing, along with the western elements of our community.

According to the design firm, the context of the region including the sky, location, forms that are iconic for inspiration will be used as the basis for the design. Examples given were the use of porches in the design of the older buildings and residences in Cheyenne inspire the use of a porch-like design for identification of the front doors of the proposed building. The prevalence of linear structures such as snow fence and rail road ties could be used to design screening to reduce the sunlight entering into the terminal. The firm also is considering designs which will make the building sustainable and energy-efficient.

One particular item of concern regarding the design is whether the terminal should be one or two stories. Multiple options were given to the Board regarding the advantages of one or two story buildings, and some layout conceptual designs. The Board is very interested in constructing a second story to the terminal as well as looking into at least a full or partial basement.

Conceptual designs provided by Architectural Alliance International are provided below. The Airport reminds viewers these are CONCEPTUAL and therefore not the final design or layout. A public meeting will be held prior to the approval of the terminal design which will encourage public participation.

For more information please email Airport Administration at info@cheyenneairport.com or to review some of Architectural Alliance's other Airport Design projects go to http://www.archalliance.com.

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Monday, August 16, 2010
Airport Receives Grant for Safety Management System Implementation

$200,000 to be Used to Enhance Airport Safety

Cheyenne Regional Airport is one of 14 airports across the nation to receive a $200,000 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the implementation of the Airport’s Safety Management System (SMS).

The grant monies were awarded to airports who participated in a study involving the design of a safety program for the Airport’s airfield operations. The FAA has been researching the feasibility to incorporate safety plans into American airports; a requirement already in place at most countries across the world. Cheyenne was selected to participate in the original study due to the size and complex types of operations at the Airport.

Within the next 13 months the Airport will be working with a consultancy to develop a working safety program which will require the active participation of tenants, users, and Airport management.

Safety Management Systems (SMS) have been developed and used by major airlines to help employees identify unsafe facilities, practices, and to find the root causes of incidents and accidents before they can occur. Committees are established to help identify and resolve potential safety threats and to work together to find the “best” or “safest” measure to implement. Part of the program requires non-punitive reporting and incentive programs for tenants and employees to encourage total participation by all users at the Airport.

For additional information, or if you are a tenant wishing to serve on one of the Safety Committees, please contact the Airport at info@cheyenneairport.com.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Cheyenne Regional Airport Completes Economic Impact Study

Cheyenne Regional Airport recently completed an Economic Impact Study (EIS) to determine the Airport's economic benefits to the Cheyenne community. According to the study, Cheyenne Regional Airport5 and its many tenants contributed to a total of 1,476 jobs, $37 million in wages, and $162.9 million in dollars spent at businesses in the area.

According to the study over 45% of all annual airport operations are attributed to transient general aviation traffic, bringing in approximately $617,000 sales in Cheyenne. Non-resident travelers flying into Cheyenne were also surveyed. Travelers on avereage visited for 4 days and spent $65.18 per day, with an estimated contribution to over $2.3 million dollars in area business sales. These sales supported 31 local jobs and $766,000 in associated wages in the local area.

In 2009 the Airport spent $11.7 million in direct capital improvements, with secondary sales supporting 125 jobs with a total in wages of $4.9 million.

According to the study, in 2009 the Airport, passengers, and tenants contributed significantly to the region's economy. A total of $192.7 million in area business sales, 2,043 jobs, and $50 million in wages can be directly and secondarily attributed to the Cheyenne Regional Airport.

More in-depth details can be found in the 2010 EIS Study provided in the pdf document below.

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Friday, May 14, 2010
Cheyenne Selected as one of Hope One’s Stop enroute through all 50 States
From an email sent by The Flight of Human Spirit Project

It's always been Michael's dream to fly -- a dream he thought was lost forever, after a serious illness nearly took his life in 2003. Nearly seven years later, it's finally come true. But this flight is about more than fulfilling his dream. Michael knows what it's like to face impossible odds, and he's set out to inspire others to dream again and pursue those dreams with vigor and determination...and do it now.

To spread his message, Michael is flying a Remos Light Sport Aircraft -- dubbed "Hope One" -- into all 50 states, covering 19,500 miles in 40 flight days, and making stops at 135 airports along the way. To learn more about Michael and his historical and inspirational flight, please visit http://www.flighths.com . To read the feature article from the March issue of AOPA Pilot magazine, you may follow this link:http://www.aopa.org/members/files/pilot/2010/march/feature_humanspirit.html.

I am delighted to inform you that Michael has selected your airport as one of the 135 stops along his route, and expects to arrive on Monday, weather permitting. The itinerary for Flight Day #14 includes departing from Billings, Montana on Monday morning, making stops at Cody, Casper, Cheyenne, Ft. Collins, and ending in Denver. Michael's stops at each airport are usually for about an hour -- allowing time to refuel, talk to interested folks, pose for photos, or even do a short interview with the media.

Since flying the route involves many variables which often make it difficult to predict an exact time of arrival, the best way to keep up with the Flight's progress through the day is to view the Live Flight Tracker on the website. Self-updating every five minutes, the Tracker shows Michael's exact location. Clicking on the dot representing his location reveals Michael's altitude, compass course, groundspeed, and other details.

I hope you will give Michael a warm welcome when he arrives, and thanks so much for your help!

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imageMonday, May 3, 2010
Cheyenne Regional Airport Administration Moves to a New Office on Airport Parkway

Last Thursday, April 29, 2010, the Cheyenne Regional Airport Administration packed up their things and headed over to their new office located at 4000 Airport Parkway just west of the Great Lakes Airlines Headquarters.

The move is an attempt to better utilize existing office space and as an effort to fill a vacant building which is currently sitting in the footprint of the proposed future Airport Terminal. Because the building would eventually need to be torn down to make way for the new Terminal, it has been very difficult for the Airport to secure a long-term lessee for the office building.

The New Airport Administration offers more office space for records storage, multiple meeting rooms, and a more central location on the Airport.

The old Administration Office will be temporarily occupied by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screening personnel while the Airport works on installing the new ticket counter for American Airlines in their existing office space. The TSA screeners will have their permanent office located in the new modular building where passengers will be seated prior to boarding their aircraft.

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Guard Cancels Airshow
As posted on WyomingNews.com

By Bill McCarthy

CHEYENNE -- The Wyoming Air National Guard will not host its annual static air show in July.

The show usually runs during Cheyenne Frontier Days when the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds make their yearly appearance in the skies over Cheyenne.

The Thunderbirds' performance on July 28 is unaffected by the decision.

Among the factors influencing the decision to cancel this year's Guard show are deployments, construction at the airfield, several major inspections this year and less money available because of military assistance in Haiti.

"It's fully understandable," said Rod Hottle, general chairman for CFD.

Hottle said that while the National Guard show is an excellent event that adds to CFD, the big draw is the Thunderbirds.

The Thunderbirds have performed at CFD since 1953 and will be performing over Laramie Community College as usual this summer.

So CFD ticket sales and tourism in general should be unaffected, officials say.

Dale Steenbergen, president and chief executive with the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce, agrees.

"We hate to lose (the show)," he said, but he added that the Thunderbirds are what people come to see.

"From my point of view, we really like having all of that construction at the base," Steenbergen added.

Work on the Wyoming Air Guard base at the west end of the Cheyenne Regional Airport brings jobs, he said.

Col. Dennis Grunstad said in a press release, "It was a tough decision, but we would not have been able to provide the top-notch air show the community deserves this year. We decided to not lower the bar."

Grunstad is the 153rd Airlift Wing commander.

Other Air Guard personnel said they could not comment Monday without permission.

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Thursday, January 7, 2010
2010 Economic Impact Study

The Cheyenne Regional Airport (CYS) is a vital part of the southestern Wyoming region, serving over 85,000 residents and the state’s capitol. Through its operation, CYS contributes to the local economy through area business sales, employment, and the generation of personal income.

The Airport allows regional businesses to sell to national markets, for their staff to travel conveniently and for them to meet their customers face-to-face. For businesses with perishable goods or with products and services demanding quick deliveries, the cargo connections offered by CYS are essential. Visitors arriving by air are increasingly important to the convention and tourism sector. The Airport also contributes to the quality of life in southeastern Wyoming. Residents use CYS for personal travel and business.

To better understand its full economic impact, the Airport conducts its own Economic Impact Study ever three years to better understand the economic impact of the Airport on the local community. The study, which is scheduled to last four months, will survey Airport tenants, users, and businesses throughout the area to gain a better perspective of visitors, local sales contributed to the traveling public, wage income, and jobs.

If you are a passenger, tenant, or local business, we would love to hear from you! Click on the provided link and you will be transferred to the EIS webpage: EIS 2010 SurveysIf you have any questions regarding this study, email Jim Schell, Airport Administration Intern, at jschell@cheyenneairport.com

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009
2009 Runway 13/31 Rehabilitation Project

Cheyenne Regional Airport has received approximately 7 million in FAA Airport Improvement Program Grants to resurface Runway 13/31 and make corrections to the grading issues impacting the pavement surface. The project, which is expected to last until mid September, will remove the 25+ years of the existing asphalt pavement surface, and replace it with a new, grooved asphalt surface. The Airport will also install new hold bar paint markings and new enhanced centerline markings in accordance with the new FAA standards on airport markings.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Safety Management System (SMS)

Cheyenne Regional Airport was one of 10 smaller commercial service airports selected nationwide by the Federal Aviation Administration to participate in development of a Safety Management System (SMS) for the Airport. SMS programs have been developed by airports internationally to improve safety by developing systematic procedures, practices, and policies for the management of safety, including safety risk management, safety assurance, and safety promotion. At the end of the project, Cheyenne Regional Airport will serve as the model SMS airport for the State. The Airport received $100,000 in Airport Improvement Grant monies to develop the system.

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