Beatrice Municipal Manager, New Member of Aviation Hall of Fame

BEATRICE – The Manager of the Beatrice Municipal Airport is one of the newest inductees into the Nebraska Aviation Hall of Fame.

Diana Smith was honored at the Nebraska Aviation Council’s Annual Symposium, held in Kearney.   Smith has worked at the local airport for over 47 years, the last 18 years as Airport Manager.

:09                  “very special”

Past honorees from Beatrice include former Airport Manager Don Fitzwater and flight instructor Glenn Fischer.

The Nebraska Aviation Council includes airport managers and personnel, pilots, the Nebraska Department of Aeronautics and Federal Aviation Administration.

Smith has helped lead a lot of physical changes to Beatrice Municipal Airport over the years, including a new, more modern administration building and improvements for aircraft using the facility.

:34                  “aviation community”

Smith works with the City of Beatrice Airport Authority.   She says the airport continues to get great feedback about the quality of the facility.   The airport receives some local tax funding, but also supports operations through general aviation and jet fuel sales, hangar rent and lease income from adjacent farm ground.

Smith says there are some projects on the drawing board over the next several years.

:28                  “keep that functional”

Grant funds through the F-A-A have helped the major construction projects.  Smith says the airport will have to wait a few years, before it can again access that funding.

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