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Robbins appointed to airport authority board

September 13, 2018

SCOTTSBLUFF — The Airport Authority Board swore in Jeff Robbins on Wednesday to replace Lou Kleager, who retired from the board in August.

Robbins is the owner of Robbins Aviation, a general aviation company focused on the benefits of aviation. Robbins Aviation provides flight training from beginners to commercial pilots. With the appointment of Robbins, the board now has three pilots who can provide a unique perspective when helping the airport determine how to solve issues that arise.

“Jeff brings the fact that he is a pilot and we think he’ll add another dimension to the board,” said Don Overman, board chair.

Overman said there were seven qualified people who applied for the appointment and he was impressed with all seven.

“It was a difficult decision for us, but after discussion, we decided it would be best to appoint Jeff Robbins,” Overman said.

Robbins applied for the position because he wanted to be a part of the airport and region’s continued growth.

“I love our airport,” Robbins said. “The addition of SkyWest has been tremendous.”

Robbins would also like to see general aviation growing faster.

“There’s a lot of interest in the last couple of years into private and corporate aviation,” Robbins said. “My desire is to see that continue and our community benefit from it.”

Robbins was ultimately chosen over the other candidates because it was thought he brought more to the board. The interest of so many for the position impressed Overman who was pleased so many people wanted to take on the challenge of a non-paid position.

“The fact that seven people wanted to be on the board says this is an important board and it’s important to the community that this airport be viable, safe and up to date,” Overman said.

The departure of Kleager also meant the secretary/treasurer position also became available and board member Neal Smith was voted into the position.

In other airport news, boardings continue to be steady with 467 boarding so far in September. Cheryl Clause, assistant airport director, said the airport is on track for 1,170 boardings this month.

“It’s a little lower than last month, but it’s typical because school is starting back up,” she said. “It’s still really good and way ahead of where we normally are.”

The next airport board meeting will be Oct. 17 at 9:30 a.m. in the conference room in the new terminal.

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