by William Holloman
The airport here in Mount Olive could become site for a flight school program to help meet the need for a nation-wide shortage of certified pilots.
Plans for the program were announced by board of directors member Ray McDonald, Jr. during the ribbon-cutting dedication of the new $1.3 million corporate aircraft hangar at Yeager Field last week.
McDonald said it is a joint venture supported by the town, the airport board of directors, and the University of Mount Olive. He went on to say the plan still is still in the infant stage, but he hopes it can be up and running and operational sometime this summer.
The hangar measures 100’ x100’ and will meet expansion needs of the facility. The project was done by Daniels and Daniels Construction Company of Goldsboro.
Mount Olive Mayor Joe Scott told the crowd of local and state dignitaries that an airport runway is something that “will guide you to the world. This is a project that started about four years ago in an attempt to kick off new growth in our town.
Now, what we see is a vision come true and a project that has brought us all together for a common cause. This is the beginning of an ongoing effort to make this a full service airport.”
Mike Delvin, airport board chairman, optimistically commented, “A lot of work has already been done, but there is still a lot left to do to make our airport even more efficient.”