HISTORIC AIRCRAFT TOUR RETURNS TO PAGE FIELD IN 2015
Three of the most famous World War II bomber and fighter aircraft will be available for tours and flights this February in Fort Myers, Fla. The Collings Foundation will bring its “Wings of Freedom Tour,” featuring a Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress “Nine-O-Nine” heavy bomber, Consolidated B-24J Liberator “Witchcraft” heavy bomber and North American dual control P-51C Mustang “Betty Jane” fighter, to Page Field (FMY) on Feb. 9 through 12.
The public is invited to take ground tours or make reservations for flight experiences. The planes will be displayed on the ramp at Base Operations at Page Field, off of Fowler Street. Walkthrough tours are available for a donation of $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under. World War II vets can tour the aircraft at no cost. Ground tour and display hours are 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 9; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 10 and 11; and 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Feb. 12.
Flight experiences are normally scheduled before and after ground tour hours. Thirty-minute flights on the B-17 or B-24 are $450 per person. P-51 flights are $2,200 for 30 minutes and $3,200 for a full hour. Flight experiences are a tax-deductible donation. For flight reservations, please call 800-568-8924. More information may be found on the Collings Foundation website at www.cfdn.org.
PAGE FIELD RECOGNIZED FOR SAFETY EFFORTS BY FAA
FORT MYERS, Fla. (Aug. 18, 2014) – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Southern Region Airports Division honored Page Field with its 2013 General Aviation Airport Safety Award. This award is given annually to a general aviation airport that has taken actions, instituted programs or otherwise operated in a manner deserving of special recognition for improving airport safety.
Some of 2013 initiatives to promote and improve airport safety included the construction of an Airport Perimeter Road, which allowed operations and service vehicles access to various portions of the airport while reducing the need to operate on active runways and taxiways; providing a Professional Line Service Training program with an emphasis on safe procedures and policies for ground handling and fueling personnel; conducting Safety Risk Assessments to identify potential airfield hazards; and adopting a safety checklist for Aviation Day, a community event hosted by the Lee County Port Authority to promote airports and aviation in Southwest Florida.
“The Lee County Port Authority is focused on airfield safety at Page Field, our business and general aviation airport,” said Robert M. Ball, A.A.E., executive director of the Lee County Port Authority. “Our employees also proactively work with aircraft owners and tenants to encourage a safe operating environment”
The FAA Southern Region Airports Division manages airport planning, environmental, compliance, design and safety for eight southeastern states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Page Field provides services to corporate, commercial and private aviators and accommodated more than 81,000 aircraft operations in 2013. No ad valorem (property) taxes are used for airport operation or construction. For more information, please visit www.flyfmy.com.
BASE OPERATIONS AT PAGE FIELD RANKED AMONG TOP FIXED-BASE OPERATORS IN INTERNATIONAL SURVEY
FORT MYERS, Fla. (April 17, 2014) – For the second year in a row, Base Operations at Page Field received recognition for being rated in the top 30 percent of fixed-base operators in a prestigious international survey conducted by Aviation International News (AIN). The 2014 FBO Survey is conducted annually and asked pilots, flight attendants and dispatchers to provide feedback on the level of customer care at individual business and general aviation service providers throughout the Americas.
AIN conducted the online survey to qualified subscribers and asked them to evaluate FBOs they visited the previous year in five categories: line service, passenger amenities, pilot amenities, facilities and customer service representatives.
Aviation International News (AIN) is a widely respected monthly trade publication covering news, features, special reports, aircraft evaluations and surveys on business, commercial and regional aviation worldwide, and a twice-weekly electronic newsletter. AIN has been conducting surveys and providing industry reports on service since 1981. The 2014 FBO Survey includes fixed-base operations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, South and Central America and the Caribbean.
The Lee County Port Authority operates Southwest Florida International Airport and Page Field in Fort Myers. Page Field provides services to corporate, commercial and private aviators through their business arm, Base Operations at Page Field. For more information, please visit www.BaseOperationsFMY.com.