Thursday , 21 June 2018

City Staff Recommends `McKinney National Airport’ as Name Change; Council Yet to Approve

collin_county_regional_airportCollin County Regional Airport is about to get a new owner and it almost got a new name on Monday.

At a special meeting of the McKinney City Council on Monday evening, the council was set to discuss and approve a new name for Collin County Regional Airport, but the agenda item was tabled indefinitely after the council returned from a short executive session.

Documentation made available to the public before the meeting revealed the city staff’s recommendation for the new name of the airport. The city staff is recommending McKinney National Airport as the new name for Collin County Regional Airport.

As part of the renaming of the airport, the council was also set to consider a new name for the FBO (fixed based operation) at CCRA, currently operated by Cutter Aviation. But that item was tabled indefinitely as well. The documentation also showed the city staff’s recommendation for the name of the city-run FBO: McKinney Air Center.

All of the these changes are part of the city’s takeover of airport operations made possible by the $25 million purchase of airport buildings and assets currently owned by Schuler Development.

Monday’s special council meeting was very airport-centric. Before adjourning to executive session and returning to table the renaming of the airport, the council officially approved Ken Wiegand to serve as Executive Director of the airport.

Wiegand currently holds the same position but will now report to City Manager Jason Gray directly as opposed to the Collin County Airport Development Corporation Board, which previously held authority over airport operations. This change required the council’s approval. Wiegand’s role will be expanded to oversee the new city operations at the airport including the fueling services and the FBO.

The council also approved one-year terms on the airport board for Keith Clifton, Thomas Ferraro, Terry Johnson and Kenneth Sipiora. All four are new members to the airport board.

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