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									 Vol. 1 No. 2                                                                                                   September,
 2002



                                  The Flight Line______
                            Jackson County Airport - Reynolds Field Newsletter
                                                          Jane Zomer, Editor


The Jackson County Airport Board

Commissioner Robert McNitt, Chairman                        517 768-9618
Commissioner James E. Rice, Secretary                       517 789-1008
Commissioner Ken Beardslee, Member                          517 750-2828
Commissioner Cliff Herl, Member                             517 569-3202
Member at Large – Thomas Davis                              517 782-7163



Airport Manager – Kent Maurer             517 788-4225 KMAURER@CO.JACKSON.MI.US
Visit our Website at www.co.jackson.mi.us/airport

THE NEWSLETTER HAS A NAME!                    reported.                                      By: Steve Wellman

In the last issue of this newsletter a        Perhaps the patterns themselves would         The winter of 2001/02 was like any
contest to ―name the newsletter‖ was          reveal some clue as to the origin of          other Michigan winter, the days grew
announced. The winning entry of ―The          these unexplained patterns. Circles,          short and winter set in, so I began to
Flight Line‖ was submitted by David           diagonals and other geometric forms           look for an opportunity to plan a spring
Zomer. David is employed by Jackson           were appearing everywhere on the              get away to somewhere much warmer.
County as a Court Officer and is              airfield, but revealed no obvious clues
married       to     Jane    Zomer,     the   about their origin.         The most          My airplane partner (my wife Dianne)
Administrative          Assistant/Assistant   unexplained pattern was the ―happy            thought a trip to the Bahamas would be
Airport Manager here at the airport.          face‖ located somewhere in the                an ideal spot; a resort about 300 nm
The contest committee felt that the title     extreme northwest section of the              S.E. from Ft. Lauderdale on Long
―The Flight Line‖ that David submitted        airport.                                      Island, Bahamas called Stella Maris.
was an excellent name for this
newsletter. David Zomer won a $25.00          Finally, investigators decided to check       I sent for the Bahamas Pilots Guide and
gift certificate to the Airport Restaurant.   with airport staff to determine if anyone     customs forms from Sporty’s, which
 Congratulations to David for his             had observed anything suspicious this         made the customs thing a non-problem.
creative entry.                               past summer. Max Clore, who retains            The only additional things I needed to
                                              the primary responsibility for mowing         purchase were approved life vests, and
                                              400 plus acres of the airfield was            current charts for the Bahamas.
SIGNS?                                        interviewed      about     his    possible
                                              knowledge of this strange phenomenon;         John and Shirley Eiler decided they
During the spring of 2002, and long           Max just smiled slightly and said: ―I         wanted to go also, so John and I
before Mel Gibson’s movie Signs, area         haven’t seen anything suspicious while        coordinated our plans to meet at Long
pilots reported seeing strange patterns       mowing, but if I do I’ll be sure to let you   Island, Bahamas. We both departed
mysteriously appearing at the Jackson         know.‖                                        from Jackson about 8 A.M. on
County Airport. These patterns, similar                                                     Thursday, April 18 in clear skies and a
to the famous crop circles, would             While this mystery remains unsolved,          slight tail wind. With John and Shirley
seemingly appear overnight in the             the ―signs‖ of JXN do seem to add             in their Apache and Dianne and myself
grassy areas of the airfield.        An       aesthetic value to the airport for area       in our Cardinal RG, we cruised to our
immediate investigation was conducted         pilots. If anyone has information about       first stop in Knoxville, TN, in about 3
to determine the possible cause of            this mystery, please call the airport         hours. We landed, fueled and were
JXN’s ―signs‖. A check with area law          office.                                       quickly back off the ground and on our
enforcement officials was not helpful as                                                    way to Florida. With my new Garmin
no suspicious activity had been                                                             GNS430, filing direct sure makes things
observed, or if observed, was not             BAHAMA BOUND “MON”                            easy. We landed in Fort Lauderdale
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while John and Shirley diverted to           off load the airplane. To my delight,        the upcoming project for replacement of
Daytona.                                     none of that happed, the Customs             taxiways A and B, the airport’s new
                                             agent looked at the paperwork, took the      security procedure, and the process for
The morning dawned in Ft. Lauderdale         forms he needed and said we could go.        revision of the rules and regulations.
to 3000 broken, >6 miles and winds out        I think it paid to have everything done     He then entertained questions and
of the east at 7 knots and we looked         ahead of time.                               comments from the group.
forward to the 3-hour flight down to
Stella Maris. As we passed Binimi, the       The remainder of the trip took us to         This type of meeting is being planned
blue/green water was awesome as we           Houston, Texas to visit our daughter         on a regular basis in the future. Thanks
passed down the island chain. The            and then on to Shreveport, Louisiana         to Murd Davis for opening his hangar
over-water stretches were never much         for a visit with our son. The final leg of   for this occasion; to Ben Jordan for his
more than 60-80 miles and we were            the trip was to take us back to Jackson      cooking skills; to the airport staff for set
within gliding range of numerous             on Sunday, April 28. All was going           up and clean up; and, to Kent Maurer
airports along the route. With the           according to plan until the alternator       for furnishing the food and beverages.
exception of the airspace around             decided to quit over northern Arkansas,
Nassau, we were in contact with Miami        in solid IMC. We proceeded to get            If someone is interested in hosting the
center the entire route.                     vectors into Pine Bluff, Arkansas.           next User’s Meeting – please give the
                                             Everyone was very friendly and the lady      Airport Manager’s office a call.
We pulled up on the ramp in front of a       at the front desk gave us her car to use
small building with the Bahaman              for the day. What trusting people. The
Customs sign on the front. We got our        next morning Bob, the local mechanic,        2002 SPECIAL EVENTS AT JXN
baggage out of the airplane for his          promptly fixed a broken wire in the
inspection, but he said he did not want      alternator. I can’t say enough about the     Special events at the Jackson County
to see that, just the paperwork.             hospitality of those people in Pine Bluff.   Airport were a huge success this past
Clearing customs took all of about 2          The rest of the trip was very uneventful    year. The IAC (International Aerobatics
minutes. A taxi driver was quick to loan     and we arrived back home about 6             Competition)      in  May,      Michigan
our baggage and we were on our way           P.M., a total of eleven days and 3500        International Speedway races in June,
to the resort.                               miles from when we started.                  July and August, plus the Hot Air
                                                                                          Jubilee (also in August ) all combined to
Each day the resort had activities that      I would recommend the Bahamas trip           make JXN a major special events
you could participate in such as sailing,    for anyone interested in really getting      venue.
snorkeling, sea kayaking, scuba diving,      away from it all. The outer islands are
beach excursions, fishing or just laying     not your typical tourist vacation and the    The     2002      CAN-AM Aerobatic
around. We managed to try a little of        price was very reasonable. The issue         Competition         –    Henry      Haigh
everything while we were there. By the       of dealing with Customs is not difficult                                   th      th
                                                                                          Challenge was held July 6 and 7 at
third day Dianne and I were experts          and is not a concern. Just follow the        the     Jackson        County     Airport.
about the island. That was when John         rules and you will have no problems.         Competitors from all over the United
and Shirley showed up. Dianne and I                                                       States and Canada competed in
elaborated about our vast wisdom of                                                       ―Primary‖, ―Sportsman‖, ―International‖,
the Bahaman culture and tremendous           JXN USER’S MEETING                           ―Advanced‖ and ―Unlimited‖ divisions.
knowledge of the tourist attractions.                                                     The aerobatic box (the imaginary
We spent the next day snorkeling, sea        On August 1, 2002, a ―User’s Meeting‖        rectangular area in the sky) for the
kayaking and eating. Then it was time        was held at the Davis’ hangar. This          competition was located north of
to think about leaving the island. We        combined informational meeting and           runway 6/24. Special thanks go to the
made plans to leave the following            social gathering was well-attended by a      members of EAA Chapter #304 for
morning.                                     cross section of people who own              cooking food and loaning out their
                                             hangars, fly aircraft and do business at     hangar for three days; to Jackson
Departing the Bahamas was as much a          the Jackson County Airport. Hot dogs,        Community Ambulance for staging an
non-event as arriving. All they really       hamburgers, and sodas were enjoyed           ambulance and crew at the Airport
wanted was their $15 per person              by all.                                      during the event; and to the Blackman
departure tax they collect before you                                                     Township Department of Public Safety
can leave. I fueled the plane at $3.60       J.K. Curtis, the Air Traffic Control Tower   for staging a fire truck and public safety
per gallon. We filed an International        Manager, talked with the pilots about        personnel at the Airport during the
IFR flight plan, called US Customs and       ―hold short‖ and ―back taxiing‖ protocols    competition.       The 2003 Aerobatic
gave them our ETA into Ft. Lauderdale        with a strong emphasis on preventing         competition is scheduled for the July
Executive and we were off the ground.        runway incursions. He complimented             th
                                                                                          4 .
                                             those individuals who responded to the
After all of the stories of what to expect   recent Cessna 310 crash for their            The        Michigan      International
from Customs when entering the U.S. in       efforts.                                     Speedway races created a tremendous
Florida, I made certain I had all of the                                                  amount of air, car, and race fan traffic
paperwork correct and was prepared to        Airport Manager Kent Maurer spoke of         this past summer. Jackson handles the
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vast majority of race-related air traffic    focus on a smaller, general aviation          matching picnic tables and donated
for MIS. Runway 14/32 is closed for          airport to facilitate a future attack. The    them to the airport.
use as a parking ramp during MIS             importance for airport users to be ―ever
weekends. Most race crews arrive on          vigilant‖ cannot be over stated. Here         All in all, this area has become
Thursday afternoon, which is no secret       are a few tips for recognizing suspicious     more park-like and has been
to hundreds of NASCAR fans who turn          activity at an airport—please be              enjoyed by hundreds of people this
out to welcome their favorite drivers.       observant for:                                year. A heartfelt thank you to John
On Sunday evening after the race is                                                        Eiler and the Hangar Owners
concluded the process is reversed. The           1.   Aircraft with unusual or             Association at JXN for their kind
airport staff worked diligently to provide            unauthorized modifications;          donation of the picnic tables—they
a safe, secure and efficient traffic flow        2.   Persons with vehicle loitering       are a great addition to the airport!
for all. Many volunteers staffed key                  for extended periods in the
traffic and entrance gate control points.             vicinity    of     the    airport,
 The Jackson Convention and Tourist                   especially people in the airport         EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT
Bureau provided free bottled water to                 operations area;
drivers and crews. Skyway Aviation               3.   Pilots who appear to be under                  JANE ZOMER
furnished food for pilots and crews                   the control of others;
during the weekend. The Jackson                  4.   Persons with above average           ASSISTANT AIRPORT MANAGER
Community worked hard to make the                     interest in aircraft and their
MIS drivers and crews feel welcome                    performance;                         Jane Zomer was certified as an
and we are looking forward to 2003.              5.   Persons wishing to obtain            Assistant Airport Manager on June
                                                      aircraft       without       prior   10, 2002 by the Bureau of
The Hot Air Jubilee set attendance                    credentials;                         Aeronautics.       The Bureau of
records during their 2002 event held at          6.   Persons        who       present     Aeronautics        governs       the
the Jackson County Airport. Over 70                   apparently valid credentials,        certification process for airport
hot air balloons, a jet-powered fire truck            but      do    not     have      a   managers and assistant managers.
traveling over 300 miles an hour, an air              corresponding level of aviation      She has been with the Jackson
show, a carnival and even ―Laura the                  knowledge;                           County Airport since 1995. She
elephant‖ drew tens of thousands of              7.   Stolen or missing aircraft;          was previously employed by
spectators to the airport. The Hot Air           8.   Anything that doesn’t look           Willbee Concrete Products where
Jubilee staff started meeting with Airport            right or does not fit the pattern    she worked as an office manager
staff and volunteers at regular monthly               of lawful, normal activity at an     and executive secretary for the
meetings starting in January. This                    airport; and,                        President and Vice President of the
event has been heralded by the                   9.   Report suspicious activity           company for 13 years. Jane has
Jackson Citizen Patriot as ―One of the                immediately!                         made Jackson her home since
premier spectator events in Jackson                                                        1973 when Jane and her husband
County‖. The Hot Air Jubilee gives               Remember to keep all gates closed         moved here from the East Lansing
thousands of people a unique                     when not in use. Make sure that           area. Jane was born and raised in
opportunity to enjoy ―their‖ airport on an       unauthorized vehicles do not enter        Kalamazoo, Michigan. She earned
annual basis.                                    the driveway gate after you have          a bachelors degree in Business
                                                 entered, i.e., wait for the gate to       Administration      from   Western
All in all, the 2002 special events              close before you pull away. If we         Michigan University in 1971.
season was a huge success for the                work together we can make our             Jane’s husband Dave is a Court
Airport. We are looking forward to the                                                                         th
                                                 airport more safe and secure.             Officer in the 12 District Court
2003 season being even better.                                                             system. Jane and Dave have two
                                                                                           adult children Becky and J.D.
                                                 PICNIC TABLES DONATED                     Becky is an RN, married and living
     AIRPORT SECURITY IS                                                                   in Springfield, Ohio. J.D. is a
  EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBILITY                      The efforts to improve the                teacher in the Houston, Texas
                                                 appearance and utility of the area        school system and also coaches
In the aftermath of September 11, 2001           in front of the restaurant were           high school basketball       there.
terrorist attacks the importance of              enhanced by a recent very                 Dave and Jane have two
security at airports has become                  generous donation. Earlier this           grandchildren; nine year old Kyle
                                       th
painfully evident. Since September 11            year airport staff removed large          and 15 month old Matthew. Jane
security at major commercial air carrier         shrubs and re-landscaped the lawn         enjoys her job at the airport citing
airports has increased tremendously              area on the ―ramp side‖ of the            ―the diversity of the job‖ and ―the
with the objective of preventing an              airport terminal. The airport then        terrific people I am surrounded by‖
attack similar to those of September             purchased two commercial-quality          as two of the most enjoyable
   th
11 . Many security experts predict that          benches. John Eiler, on behalf of         aspects. Jane has provided a very
because of the increased security at             the Airport Hangar Owners                 stable presence at the airport over
passenger terminals, terrorists may              Association      purchased     two        the past seven years, and served
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  as the Acting Airport Manager             certificates and other awards for        watching planes take off and land
  during much of 2001. Jane has a           completing several levels of ATSI        while eating good food, what more
  very caring and professional              training in each category utilizing      could you ask for? Weekend traffic
  manner and is an asset to the             Airport News and Training Network        at the restaurant is always busy.
  Jackson County Airport. JXN is            (ANTN’s) programming.                    People enjoy flying in to Jackson
  fortunate to have such a                                                           and enjoy eating together in a
  professional and dedicated person         Airports will also receive plaques       friendly atmosphere.
  serving as the Administrative             when their employees accumulate
  Assistant/AssistantAirport                a predetermined number of total          Dianne says she hopes to be in
  Manager. Congratulations to Jane          hours of ANTN viewing in a one-          business for many years to come
  for this notable accomplishment!          year period.                             to serve the community.

                                            Be sure to watch in our upcoming         Besides her regular menu to the
          Airport Training                  newsletters for special recognitions     public, she also provides aircraft
         and Safety Institute               of our staff for participating in this   food catering. Hours of operation
                                            program.                                 are 7:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M., 7 days
  In times of shrinking budgets and                                                  a week. Try them out sometime!
  increasing workloads, it becomes
  essential        to      prioritize.      SOMETHING TO SHARE ?
  Unfortunately, when budgets are
  trimmed and schedules are                 If you have something you would          This space could be your
  rearranged, we keep hearing the           like to share in the Newsletter,         interesting article! Contact the
  same thing: training is the first to      please bring it in to the Airport        Airport Manager at 517 788-4225.
  go.                                       Manager’s office or send it, or
                                            email it to Kent Maurer. He will be
  Stop and think for a moment—how           glad to review what you have and
  did you learn all the rules and           try to include it in the next issue.
  procedures of working ? Training.
  There is no substitute. Learning
  the other way, by trial and error,               Business Spotlight
  could end up costing an airport
  much more than it would have to             Airport Restaurant & Spirits
  spend on employee training, and of
  course, safety could be at risk as        Dianne Weems, owner and
  well.                                     operator of the Airport Restaurant
                                            and Spirits has been married to
  Since January 1, 1996, the Airport        Jeff Weems for 25 years. They
  Training and Safety Institute (ATSI)      have one son Joe; three step
  has enabled airport employees to          children, Rob, Tina, and Shawn; six
  choose the training that best             grandchildren, Mike, Brandon, Eli,
  applies to their specific job or area     Juda, Alan, and Jaylynn.
  of interest while having the option
  to learn more about other facets of       Dianne has worked in the
  airport life. After all, the more         restaurant business since 18 years
  informed airport employees are            of age, starting as a waitress and
  about the operations of the entire        working her way into management
  airport, the safer and airport will be.   14 years ago. She has owned her
                                            own business for 6 years.
  Starting this month, the staff at
  Jackson County Airport are                Dianne says she finds the
  fortunate to be a part of this            restaurant work to be exciting--
  training program that will help           trying to create new ideas and
  equip them to better serve the            specials to her menu. The Airport
  Jackson community. By watching            Restaurant and Spirits employs 22,
  ANTN programming or videos, a             most of them long term. Dianne
  participant can obtain a certificate      says ―we meet new people
  of completion signifying that they        everyday and many of them
  have completed a substantial              become part of our extended
  amount of training in their field.        family.‖

  Our staff will earn completion            With the unique atmosphere of

								
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