Aeronautics News

29th Annual Tennessee Airports Conference 2017

TDOT Aeronautics Program Monitors Paul Perry and Lisa Reaney participated in panel discussions on behalf of the Division, giving presentations on AGIS and FAA Compliance and Land Use, respectively.


Click to view the full presentation of Airports GIS Consultant Panel Discussion.

Click to view the full presentation of FAA Compliance and Land Use.

TRI Completes Road Frontage Improvement Project

The Tri-Cities Regional Airport celebrated the completion of a terminal frontage project in Blountville, Tennessee, on August 25, 2016. The $6.24 million project was designed to improve safety and convenience in front of the airport's terminal building with wider sidewalks, increased size of the drop-off/pick-up lane, and improved pedestrian access to public parking lots, among other changes.

As a result of the three-year project, the well-known statue of Senator Kenneth McKellar, the namesake of McKellar Field, was relocated. The newly restored statue now sits on a new base at the edge of the short-term parking lot.

The road front improvement project was funded in part with $5.7 million in federal and state grants.

To read more about the Tri-Cities Regional Airport project, click here.

photo of new road front improvement project  photo of Col. Gladwyn Bowlin next to father's sculpture of Sen. Kenneth McKellar
                               New Road Front Terminal                                                Col. Gladwyn Bowlin stands beside statue of Sen. Kenneth McKellar
                                                                                                                                 Bowlin is the son of the statue's sculptor, Edgar Bowlin
                                                                                                                                         McKellar is the namesake of McKellar Field

TRI Accounting Department Wins GFOA Award

The Tri-Cities Airport Authority has been awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. This is the seventeenth consecutive year the TCAA has received this award.

To read more, click here.