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Notice of Public Information Workshop Thu, 13 Feb 2020 23:18:48 +0000 Tuesday, March 3, 2020 – 5:30 – 7:00p.m.

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Airport Renames Terminal to Honor John Hastings Tue, 14 Jan 2020 17:01:38 +0000 Bullhead City, Ariz. (January 10, 2020) – Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport’s terminal building has been named the John R. Hastings Memorial Terminal in honor of its former board member and president.

Hastings was a strong and tireless advocate for the Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport, said Airport Director Jeremy Keating.

“John spent his own time and money to go to conferences and meet with airlines to try and get scheduled air service for the community,” Keating said. “He was very passionate about getting that for the community and he got us there.”

Mohave County Airport Authority Board of Directors approved in July the purchase of a new sign for the terminal that included building name. The sign was installed Thursday.

“For the airport to honor him this way just leaves me speechless,” said Pauline Hastings, John Hastings’ wife. “I know he is smiling. Myself and the kids, Mark, Brandie and Jason, couldn’t be more proud. What a beautiful way to be remembered.”

Hastings, who died in 2018, was elected as a member of the Airport Authority’s executive board in 2008 and was first elected president in 2009. He also became chairman of the Air Service Development Committee, spearheading the drive to secure daily commercial passenger service to the airport, work that culminated in 2017 with the announcement of a year-long contract with American Airlines. The airline declined to renew the contract in 2018, citing under-use of the service.

“He cried when we got airline service and cried again when we lost it, it broke his heart,” Pauline Hastings said. “But he never gave up and started talking about finding another.”

Once a member of the Airport Authority, the airport became Hastings second home, she said.

“John was always looking to improve one thing or another,” Pauline Hastings said. “When he took on a project or a job of any kind, he always gave it his all.”

Hastings also served on the former Bullhead Regional Economic Development Authority, a nonprofit organization dedicated to attracting new private sector capital and employment opportunities for Bullhead City.

Nearly half the cost of the new sign was paid in donations made to the airport in Hastings’ honor, Keating said.

“Many people understand how much work John put into the airport,” Keating said. “He was not a paid employee ̶ board members are volunteers ̶ he just loved it so much. The community and his family can be very proud of his contributions to the airport and to Bullhead City.”

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Airport hosting Young Eagles Day on Saturday Wed, 13 Nov 2019 16:57:00 +0000 BULLHEAD CITY — Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport will host the 2019 EAA Young Eagles Day, offering free flights for youth between the ages of 8 and 17, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Flights will originate from Signature Flight Support, 2550 Laughlin View Drive, next to the airport main building.
“A free ride can be the first step to inspire a career in aviation, which is the mission of the Young Eagle program,” said Jeremy Keating, LBIA airport director. “Our goal this year is to take at least 100 youngsters on a flight.”
The free flights are made possible through the generosity of EAA member volunteers. The airport is looking for local businesses and organizations to sponsor a “Young Eagle.”

To sponsor a Young Eagle, contact Shaun Kelly at 928-754-2134 or by email
at Since 1992, more than 2 million Young Eagles have enjoyed a flight through the program. Young Eagles have been registered in more than 90 different countries and have been flown by more than 43,000 volunteer pilots in the past 25 years. Once registered as a Young Eagle, children will have other opportunities to participate in avaition-related programs and activities.

For more information about the Young Eagles program, go to the official
website, For more information about the event at the Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport, call 928-754-2134.

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Airport officials want ADOT to modify project Tue, 22 Oct 2019 16:56:55 +0000 BULLHEAD CITY — The Mohave County Airport Authority Board this week expressed concern about planned project by the an Arizona Department of Transportation that would add median to the center of Highway 95 from Aviation Way to Seventh Street.
The plan for a raised median would affect left-turn patterns to and from the highway, especially for vehicles traveling south seeking to patronize restaurants and retailers on the east side of the highway.
Airport officials have been trying to market a site near the highway and south of Home Depot for use by another business. If the median hampers access to drivers approaching from the north who need to turn left
to go into the retail area near that location, it likely will be harder to market the site, said Jeremy Keating, director of the Laughlin-Bullhead City International Airport. The site remaining empty for an extended amount of time would affect the airport by not providing it an additional revenue source through leasing of the site. Not developing the site in a relatively timely fashion also would result in no tax revenue or added jobs for the
community that would come from a new business there, Keating said.
While there isn’t a left-turn lane needed there now, one would be necessary to provide automobile access into the shopping area’s southern end.
“We want to make sure it isn’t blocked off,” Keating said.
Board members agreed that airport staff should contact ADOT and discuss the project, which is slated to begin in the fall of 2020, and would include new striping, fog coating, pavement markers and new signs as well as reconstruction of ADA pedestrian access facilities.
Residents are welcome to submit comments about the plan. The submission deadline is Friday, Oct. 18. Leslie Stafford of EcoPlan Associates is the contact person. Mail comments to Stafford at EcoPlan Associates Inc., 701 W. Southern Ave., Suite 203, Mesa, AZ, 85210. Or email comments to The phone number is 480-733-6666, ext. 138.

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Airport seeking carrier service Sun, 18 Aug 2019 17:37:55 +0000 Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport BULLHEAD CITY — The Mohave County Airport Authority is continuing efforts to attract another carrier to provide passenger service to and from Laughlin-Bullhead International Airport.

The MCAA Board of Directors met on Tuesday, approved a $2.4 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year and heard that cash flow was fairly consistent.

Among the various agenda items was a presentation about air service development. The MCAA has a committee that focuses on that topic.

American Airlines offered scheduled flights between here and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport for about a year. The service was terminated because the number of flyers was below expectations.

Negotiations with two companies that could potentially provide service are occurring. Both approached the airport with proposals that would use smaller-sized aircraft than American Airlines did.

Information presented at the meeting indicated LBIA should be able to support service between it and at least one large airport.

Lance Ross, who heads the committee, reported that data from ticket pulls showed that more than 2,000 people flew daily to or from the LBIA catchment area — the geographic region for which the airport attracts travelers. However, most of them continued to use McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix and other Phoenix area airports instead of LBIA while scheduled air service was available, according to the research conducted by consultant Jack Penning, managing partner of Voltaire Aviation, Inc.

“Even a small fraction combining business and leisure travelers would exceed the necessary load factor for profitable scheduled service here,” Ross explained. “This was the first true local market ticket pull traffic data since previously scheduled service ended in 2001.”

Both of the unnamed companies propose using aircraft that would seat fewer than 10 passengers. One proposal is to fly to and from Los Angeles International Airport. The other proposition would be to fly to and from Phoenix.

A past flight service with similarly small aircraft served the airport and its “load factors were good,” Ross also noted.

Jeremy Keating, LBIA director, stressed that discussions with both companies are ongoing so their identities aren’t being made public.

The process of securing a new flight service also requires a significant amount of money for the company should usage be lower than anticipated.

Sign replacement

Plans for a new sign to be displayed outside the main terminal building at LBIA are in the works. The sign with red and black lettering has been on the building for about 30 years. Those involved with the airport decided it was time for an update so it looked like other newer airport signage, Keating said.

This terminal sign is slated to acknowledge long-time airport volunteer John R. Hastings, a former president of the LBIA’s board of directors who died last year.

A few people at the meeting didn’t want to have Hastings’ name on the sign because they didn’t like him. Others said his many years spent on various efforts to improve the airport, such as traveling at his own expense to meet with American Airlines officials to bring them to LBIA, far outweighed any character flaws.

“John was probably not a perfect individual, but John’s heart and soul are in this airport,” said Board President Jim Zaborsky. “John was the most devoted person I ever knew.”

The board agreed and voted to move forward with the signage. Board member Arden Lauxman voted against the proposal because he didn’t see it in the new airport budget.

Some board members agreed that the airport’s name should be larger than Hasting’s name, as was suggested by board member Jena Morga.

The sign isn’t going to be a memorial but “is for John Hastings’ contributions,” said board member Steve Willett. “The man worked very hard for the airport.”

Money for the sign will come from donors, though a couple of people thought the airport should contribute a portion of the cost, which is estimated to be $20,000. One of those people was Keating, who considered Hastings “a mentor.”

Good inspection

Keating also reported that LBIA again received a clean result from the FAA’s Part 139 certification.

“Four years in a row,” he noted. “It shows how safe of an airport we are.”

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Airport receives $2.6M FAA grant Sun, 18 Aug 2019 17:30:37 +0000 BULLHEAD CITY — Laughlin/Bullhead City International Airport will be awarded more than $2.6 million to acquire land for future development as well as to create its next general plan document.

The money comes from the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program. Less than $2 million from this program will be used to pay for nearly 195 acres east of the LBIA runway. Arizona State Land Department described the site as being west of the southwest corner of Bullhead Parkway and Midway Drive.

LBIA Director Jeremy Keating said the grant money will fund up to 93% of the cost to obtain the land.

Talks have been going on between the State of Arizona and airport officials for several years about transferring the site from the state to the Mohave County Airport Authority for use by the LBIA to eventually build additional terminals, Keating said.

“It’s for future needs,” he explained. The site was put up for auction on June 13 and the county airport authority was the only bidder.

This transaction is being finalized, Keating said.

The remaining FAA grant amount of more than $600,000 will be used to create an updated LBIA general plan, which would require time, discussion and expertise of a consultant that specializes in creating such planning materials.

The latest general plan was approved in January 2009. That process began in 2007, according to Keating.

It will describe the airport’s “short-term, mid-term and long-term plans,” he said. “The document will try to describe (airport) needs going out about 20 years.”

LBIA completed reconstruction and extension of its runway in March 2017 to a length of 8,500 feet. That project also included improvements to Taxiway A and electrical improvements to the traffic area. Another recent airport project completed since the current general plan went into effect was creating an indoor baggage claim area.

Focus of the FAA Airport Improvement Program is funding for public-use airports, a term meaning that flight operations by the public are allowed there without prior approval from the airport’s owner or operator.

LBIA, which operates under the Mohave County Airport Authority, is funded by the FAA, Arizona Department of Transportation and passenger facility charges.

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Airport to Get New Sign Thu, 23 Nov 2017 01:09:25 +0000 City Council members voted Tuesday to approve a permit application for a 15-foot by 28-foot
double-faced solar-illuminated monument sign for Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport’s
north entrance. The vote by council members was required due to placement of the sign in the
city’s right of way. Shown is the artist rendering of the sign from its manufacturer, YESCO LLC.
Installation of the sign is expected to begin next week.
BULLHEAD CITY — The north entrance of Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport will soon
be easier to find. City Council members voted Tuesday to approve a permit application for a 15-
foot by 28-foot double-faced solar-illuminated monument sign for the airport to be placed on the
northwest corner of the intersection at Bullhead Parkway and Ridgeview Avenue.
“We had been thinking about a sign at the north airport entrance for the last three or four years,”
said Jeremy Keating, airport director. “That particular entrance is used probably more than the
east entrance (at Laughlin View Drive).”
The north entrance was the original entrance to the airport, but was built for temporary use,
Keating said. Over time, the airport decided to keep both entrances, allowing to redirect traffic
should one or the other of the roads needed to be closed.
“We had to get special permit from city but we are paying for the sign,” Keating said. “Once the
new sign is installed, the letters will be internally illuminated and powered by solar panels.”
The sign will be installed in Bullhead City’s right of way and the permit application by the
Mohave County Airport Authority includes a licensing agreement good for 10 years, with a $200
lump sum rent payment and the option of renewal for an additional five years for $100, in
addition to required sign permit fees.
“We are very excited to finally have a sign at this entrance,” Keating said. “We think a new sign
will not only help market the airport, but help people find the airport.

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Airline Under Use Led To Cancellation Sat, 18 Nov 2017 01:08:39 +0000 Airline: Under-use led to cancellation
By DK McDONALD The Daily News November 18, 2017
BULLHEAD CITY — American Airlines is cancelling service to Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport due
to under-use of the service, airline officials said.
“Our network planning team constantly evaluates our network,” said LaKesha Brown, American Airlines
spokeswoman. “Our efforts are to make changes that strengthen our network and we must consider changes to
networks that don’t perform in line with our expectations, therefore (we’re) having to cancel service between
Phoenix and Laughlin/Bullhead airport.”
The carrier looks for strong local demand to keep and continue service, Brown said.
“It’s a business relationship and this is a business decision,” said Mohave County Airport Authority Board
President John Hastings. “I’ve worked on it for so long, to have it not work out is personally devastating, but
it’s devastating to everyone who lives here, though they may not even know it.”
The daily flight service was expected to have an annual economic impact of over $13 million. Hastings noted in
October 2016, at the time the arrival of American Airlines passenger service was announced, that if the service
was not used and was not profitable, LBIA would lose it.
“Since 1998, my goal has been to get us air service so the business community could grow and we could bring
more and better jobs to the community,” Hastings said. “Having service improves the entire quality of life for
everyone here. There are so many drawbacks to not having it and so many potential benefits.”
In what he called a lengthy conversation, American Airlines representatives notified Hastings more than a week
ago ago the airline would not continue daily passenger service to the Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport
beyond Feb. 14, 2018. Hastings announced the loss of service Thursday evening during a Bullhead Area
Chamber of Commerce mixer at the airport.
“It’s very disappointing,” said Bullhead City Mayor Tom Brady. “For years and years we’ve tried to entice a
major airline and finally got one. After nearly a year, the numbers didn’t prove sufficient to keep American
Airlines here.”
The Airport Authority, the airport team and community partners could not have worked harder to make the
service a success, said LBIA Airport Director Jeremy Keating.
“We really blitzed the service,” he said. “Ads, videos at the casinos, the mobile billboard, flyers — we’ve put
$250,000 of airport marketing dollars toward this. Our air service consultant told me they had never witnessed
an airport so invested in making air service work — that’s not a usual thing. Daily air service doesn’t benefit the
airport, it benefits the community. It was hard to hear, but good to know there was nothing else we could have
Passengers who used the service were generally positive about it. It was seen as a great alternative to driving to
Phoenix and for some it was a convenience to fly from the local airport regardless of the eventual destination.

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Airport Holds Disaster Drill Thu, 26 Oct 2017 22:27:11 +0000 Airport holds disaster drill
BULLHEAD CITY — Disaster preparation landed at Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport on Wednesday.
More than a dozen federal, state and local emergency response and emergency management agencies, along
with airport and airline personnel and dozens of volunteers, took part in a full-scale disaster simulation at the
airport. The drill provided a hands-on test of command systems, communications, equipment and procedures.
“The Federal Aviation Administration requires this kind of full-scale disaster drill once every three years,” said
Airport Director Jeremy Keating. “It takes months to plan and requires the work of dozens of volunteers, the
assistance of our mutual aid agencies and all our staff to make this happen.”
In the intervening years, the training is a tabletop exercise.
Wednesday’s scenario simulated a CRJ700-series aircraft colliding with a Gulfstream jet on a runway, leaving
15 “dead” and dozens of “injured” volunteers still on board the aircraft and among the collision debris scattered
across the tarmac.
A pile of gas-soaked wood pallets was set on fire, signaling the start of the exercise, which was monitored by
staff members, controllers and evaluators. The airport’s fire department and mutual aid emergency agencies had
to work as a team to assess and extricate some victims, as well as triage those victims on the ground.
“We literally couldn’t do this exercise without the volunteers,” said Assistant Airport Director Tim Bannon.
“We reached out to the community and they responded. Everyone helps.”
The FAA requires 40 to 50 volunteers to do this type of training exercise. “It’s awesome they do this,” said
Donna Engelmeier, Laughlin Chamber of Commerce VIP volunteer. “I learned how organized the fire
department and ambulance crews are when they are triaging patients; it’s impressive. They did a very good
Each volunteer wore a lanyard card indicating their simulated injuries and medical status, and organizers
encouraged them to act — but not embellish — their injuries. “It’s kind of fun,” said Rose Denton, a volunteer
with the Laughlin Chamber of Commerce VIPs. “Of course I’m only 51 here, so there is that. I’m supposed to
have a head injury.”
Volunteer Melody DuMouchel said she had never been in an ambulance before. “They all knew what they
needed to do, and communicated with each other,” she said. “I think it’s important to volunteer for things like
this that help out the airport and the firefighters for their training.”
A shipping container outfitted with airline seats stood in for the Gulfstream jet, allowing first responders to train
entering a dark space through a tiny emergency exit window.
“It’s a learning process for us,” said Lori Viles, Bullhead City Fire Department spokeswoman. “If we ever have
to face this kind of situation, we’ll be able to call on preparatory training of this type in our response.”
Two of the volunteer victims, Branda Volinecs and Melissa Kendrick, both employees of Western Arizona
Regional Medical Center, were extracted from the shipping container “jet” and flown by air ambulance to
“It’s very important to do this kind of exercise,” said Brian Peterson, Classic Air Medical pilot. “It offers
practical experience as well as the opportunity to learn what other agencies do. When you think about what
happened (at the Route 91 Harvest Festival mass shooting) in Las Vegas, you realize you need to know what to
anticipate in that level of disaster.”
WARMC also participates in disaster drills each year, as part of its accreditation standards. “These type of drills
allow us to test our response capabilities, our collaboration with additional facilities, EMS, police, mortuaries as
well as evaluate internal communications, resources, staffing needs, etc.,” said Sarah Mangum, WARMC
director of marketing. “Each drill we conduct or participate in only makes our team stronger; our emergency
preparedness plans are put to the test to determine gaps and areas that need strengthening.” WARMC saw 21
“patients” from the drill, Mangum said.
The role-playing exercise worked under a unified command system, a structure that shares the role of an
incident commander among the incident commanders of all major organizations involved in the event. The
shared response allows multiple agencies to work together efficiently in response to a disaster.
“We take everything we learned today and use the information to improve,” Keating said. “It helps build our
relationships — we’re a small airport and we rely on our mutual aid partners — and provides an excellent
learning tool.”

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