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October 31, 1990
WESTMINSTER - The Carroll County Commissioners have renamed the Carroll County Airport on Route 97 North outside the city.The new name is "Carroll County Regional Airport/Jack B. Poage Field".The addition of 'regional' into the title connotes an elevation in operation status, said officials. The name reflects the airport's expanding capabilities and will have a positive effect on economic development marketing efforts, they said."Jack B. Poage Field" was added to the name following numerous requests to recognize the late airport manager's contribution to aviation in the county.
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By Nancy Jones-Bonbrest and Nancy Jones-Bonbrest,Special to The Sun | March 5, 2008
Keith Ericksen Flight instructor American Pilot Services, Westminster Salary --$30,000 Age --31 Years on the job --Six How he got started --"I was always intrigued by aviation. When other kids were running around playing baseball, I was in my room building airplane models." He took his first flight while still in high school. He then went on to get his associate's degree from Carroll Community College but would spend any free time at Carroll County Regional Airport, taking as many lessons as he could afford.
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By Laura McCandlish and David P. Greisman | July 1, 2007
Local activists opposed to the Carroll County Regional Airport expansion have persuaded county officials to postpone cutting approximately 330 trees on land near the runway until the impact on the forest conservation area is studied further. County officials said these trees need to be cut to create visibility for the 4-box PAPI lighting system, which the county had planned to install along the runway since its last 20-year airport master plan in 1986. The PAPI precision indicator lights are intended to provide a better guide for pilots landing at night.
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By Laura McCandlish and Laura McCandlish,Sun Reporter | September 2, 2007
The county commissioners have delayed awarding a contract for an environmental assessment of the Carroll County Regional Airport, a process that must be completed over the next two years before the planned multimillion-dollar runway expansion can move forward. Although the county staff recommended awarding the $800,000 contract to Hunt Valley-based URS Corp., Commissioners Dean L. Minnich and Michael D. Zimmer said the public might object to having the environmental assessment performed by the same consultants who developed and advocated for the expansion plan.
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,Staff writer | December 30, 1990
Carroll lost one of its most colorful and best-known figures when Jack B. Poage was killed in a plane crash Sept. 23 while performing a stunt at an air show in Baltimore County's Martin State Airport.Poage, 62, died when his red and white 1989 Pitts S-2B biplane crashed after he apparently decided to add a fourth spin to a three-spin diving stunt and was unable to pull out of the dive.Thousands of spectators witnessed the accident on a clear, calm day.Officials closed the show following the accident.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | December 16, 1998
The Carroll County Planning and Zoning Commission approved a major expansion of the county's regional airport yesterday, allowing a California company to build seven hangars for corporate jets.The decision means that Argubright Construction of Northridge, Calif., can begin work next week on the foundation of a 70,000-square-foot hangar and 9,900-square-foot office at the airport, off Route 97 north of Westminster.The $3.3 million project is being developed by Hangar Corp. of America, a Pennsylvania company.
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By Michael J. Clark and Michael J. Clark,Howard County Bureau of The Sun | August 3, 1991
Howard County is considering building a general aviation airport, the county planning director said yesterday.Planner Joseph Rutter said that the county still is interested in having Tipton Army Airfield at Fort Meade used as a general aviation airport for the region. He added that the county would hire a consultant to study the feasibility, cost and location of a Howard County airport as well.The study is slated to cost as much as $124,000, financed mostly by federal funds."The consultant will look countywide at potential airport sites and is going in with a totally open mind," Mr. Rutter said.
NEWS
December 16, 1994
The Carroll County Regional Airport is ready for takeoff and smooth flying with the opening of a new 5,100-foot runway and the appointment of the airport's first manager, John W. Lucas.Mr. Lucas, a recently retired U.S. Army airfield safety officer, began his job at the Westminster facility this month without benefit of an office.But he got his first assignment immediately from the county's Board of Commissioners: investigate erecting a fence to keep the public from wandering onto the runway and airplane tie-down areas.
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By Alisa Samuels and Alisa Samuels,Evening Sun Staff Richard Irwin and Frank D. Roylance contributed to this story | September 24, 1990
Federal and Maryland authorities today began investigations to determine the cause of a crash at Martin State Airport that killed a veteran stunt pilot.State Police, the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were participating in the investigation, said Chuck Jackson, State Police spokesman. Such investigations usually take several months.Stunt pilot Jack Buford Poage, 62, of Westminster, died of multiple injuries when his 1989 Pitts S-2B single-engine biplane crashed shortly after 2 p.m. yesterday, police said.
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By Donna E. Boller and Donna E. Boller,Sun Staff Writer | April 22, 1994
A Carroll County government lapse may jeopardize or delay a new aircraft manufacturer's plans to open a plant here.County officials are scrambling to find another location for Freewing Aircraft Corp. after learning in the past two weeks that the proposed site will conflict with needed landing space at the county airport.Freewing was scheduled to lease a 20,000-square-foot manufacturing plant that the county planned to build on a 3-acre county-owned lot in the Air Business Center along Route 97 north of Westminster.
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By Laura McCandlish and David P. Greisman | July 1, 2007
Local activists opposed to the Carroll County Regional Airport expansion have persuaded county officials to postpone cutting approximately 330 trees on land near the runway until the impact on the forest conservation area is studied further. County officials said these trees need to be cut to create visibility for the 4-box PAPI lighting system, which the county had planned to install along the runway since its last 20-year airport master plan in 1986. The PAPI precision indicator lights are intended to provide a better guide for pilots landing at night.
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By Kevin T. McVey and Kevin T. McVey,SUN STAFF | October 31, 2004
Cecil County finished the first phase of an airport feasibility study last week that confirmed a need for a federally funded airport in northeastern Maryland. The study was commissioned by Cecil County's Board of Commissioners and the Maryland Office of Economic Development, which arranged for the six-member Airport Feasibility Committee to study the proposal. After expected approval by the Federal Aviation Administration and Maryland Aviation Administration early next month, the panel will consider requirements for an adequate facility.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | March 10, 2004
The state awarded Carroll County Regional Airport a $41,162 grant yesterday that will be used to pay for improvements to the facility outside Westminster. A combination of federal, state and county money will fund upgrades to the airport's automated weather observation system, the purchase of snow removal equipment and the installation of a perimeter fence. "We have already acquired and used the snow removal equipment," said Gary Horst, who supervises the airport as administrator of the county's Office of Performance Auditing and Special Projects.
NEWS
January 8, 2003
Commissioners OK development limits in bid to build wells Seeking to supplement the water supply in South Carroll, the commissioners have agreed to conditions the state set 18 months ago, including restrictions on development in the county's fastest-growing area. The commissioners expect to draft a letter to state officials today saying they would agree to the restrictions as part of a longstanding watershed protection agreement with Baltimore City and the surrounding metropolitan counties.
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By Gerard Shields and Gerard Shields,SUN STAFF | May 27, 2002
June Marie Poage, who took Carroll County Regional Airport from a dirt runway to a hub for corporate jets, died of cancer Thursday at Carroll County General Hospital. The Westminster resident was 63. Mrs. Poage had been president of Westair Inc., which operates the airport, for 23 years. She also was active in civic affairs as a member of numerous organizations and served on the board of the former FCNB Bank. "She was a person of high energy," said her sister-in-law, Phyllis Poage Musgrove.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | April 19, 2002
A state appeals court has upheld a May 2000 decision by the Carroll County Board of Zoning Appeals that allows construction of a Sprint PCS cellular telephone tower on private property north of Westminster near the county-owned airport. Noting established legal tests in zoning cases, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals said in a 10-page written opinion filed yesterday that the board did not abuse its discretion or make any of several claimed errors when it granted a conditional use for the tower and related buildings on orchard property rented from Baugher Enterprises Inc., off Route 140. The zoning appeals board's action had been upheld by a Carroll County Circuit Court judge in April 2001, then appealed to the state's second-highest court.
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By Brenda J. Buote and Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF | April 7, 2000
After nearly a dozen public meetings, about 19 hours of testimony, and a $6,000 engineering study, local officials said yesterday that Sprint PCS's plans to build a telecommunications tower north of Westminster could jeopardize the future of the Carroll County airport -- the linchpin of local development efforts. To make the airport more attractive as a base for corporate jets, the county has spent $3.3 million building seven corporate hangars and is working to speed the installation of a Global Positioning System satellite link, which would guide aircraft in inclement weather.
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By Arthur Hirsch and Arthur Hirsch,Staff Writer | November 12, 1992
St. Mary's County has lost its bid to ban parachute jumping at the local airport, but its fight with the sky-diving center continues in federal court.After the Federal Aviation Administration ruled that sky-diving is compatible with other activities at St. Mary's County Airport, the county Airport Commission last week dropped its attempt to ban sky-diving, an attempt that was blocked in April by a U.S. District Court judge.The commission could not defy the FAA without risking the loss of federal money for airport improvements.
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By Brenda J. Buote and Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF | April 23, 2000
Hoping to develop the economic potential of its regional airport as other counties have, the Carroll commissioners hired a company two years ago to build seven corporate hangars at the airport north of Westminster, heralding the project as a magnet for big business and jobs. But construction on the $3.3 million project has been stalled since October, and the hangars are the subject of a U.S. District Court case that is costing Carroll more than $1,000 a day as the commissioners and the builder bicker over money.
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By Brenda J. Buote and Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF | April 7, 2000
After nearly a dozen public meetings, about 19 hours of testimony, and a $6,000 engineering study, local officials said yesterday that Sprint PCS's plans to build a telecommunications tower north of Westminster could jeopardize the future of the Carroll County airport -- the linchpin of local development efforts. To make the airport more attractive as a base for corporate jets, the county has spent $3.3 million building seven corporate hangars and is working to speed the installation of a Global Positioning System satellite link, which would guide aircraft in inclement weather.
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