New Aircraft Terminal and Hangar Unveiled at Open House: PHOTOS and VIDEO

Frankfort/Clinton County Airport Authority Board members cut the ribbon on the new aircraft hangar and terminal at the Frankfort/Clinton County Municipal Airport Saturday.
State Senator Brian Buchanan looks over an aircraft owned by Troy Cole that was on display during the Open House and Fly-In Saturday at the Frankfort/Clinton County Municipal Airport.

Another jewel was unveiled to the community Saturday as the Frankfort/Clinton County Airport Authority and First Wing Jet Center held a grand opening of the new 12,000 square foot state-of-the-art terminal and hangar at the Frankfort/Clinton County Municipal Airport.

“I’m really excited and proud to see this going from a drawing on paper to an event here today with the community out and joining us,” said Frankfort/Clinton County Airport Authority Board President Alan Dunn. “It’s just a very, very rewarding feeling.”

Not only were visitors greeted by warm, clear and dry conditions, they were met with a biscuits and gravy breakfast put on by Shoup’s along with aircraft of all kinds on display in and around the new terminal and heated hangar along with bounces houses and other items for the kids. The new building features event space, office facilities, conference rooms, pilots’ lounge and more.

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These are just some of the planes that are stored in the new hangar at the Frankfort/Clinton County Municipal Airport which was the site for an open house and fly-in Saturday.
One of the skydivers from Skydive Indianapolis gets ready to land at the Frankfort/Clinton County Municipal Airport on Saturday. The skydive business is located right next to the aircraft hangar and terminal at the airport.

In addition to storing aircraft, the building was specifically designed to be used for community functions such as proms, weddings, fundraisers along with community and business meetings.

Shine 99’s Cindy Loveless Broadcasts LIVE from Grand Opening of the New Adrian Marks Terminal at KFKR Frankfort Clinton County Airport. Photo by Erick Dircks
Entrance to the new Airport Terminal serving Clinton County and Frankfort. Photo by Erick Dircks
Sky Drive Indianapolis completed several jumps during the Grand Opening Saturday Morning. Photo by Erick Dircks
Several gather just prior to the Ribbon Cutting for the new Adrian Marks Airport Terminal in Frankfort. Over 200 breakfasts were served by Shoups and crowd estimate was about 400.  Photo by Erick Dircks
Several Planes occupy new apron at Frankfort/Clinton County Airport. NC197H was made in 1941 and was the the first Taylorcraft sold to the US military and later became the L2 during the war. NC197H was assigned to Nashville, TN during World War 2. The plane was restored in a 12 year project by Jim Ellis of Ellis Jewelry.  Photo by Erick Dircks

Shan Sheridan CEO of the Clinton County Chamber of Commerce prepares for Ribbon Cutting at the Airport Event while breakfast is served in background. Photo by Erick Dircks

“We’ve had great support from the community ever since the inception of this Airport Authority,” said Dunn. “I think one of the goals of ours is we’d like to have continued involvement with the community here at the airport by having special events.”

One of the events Dunn pointed out that has already been held was a world record skydive jumps event.

“We continue to try and make this a real economic development tool for the community,” said Dunn. “A big time goal of ours is to have some of our industries bring their headquarters here that will bring jobs and revenue to this area.”

First Wing Jet Center Vice President and General Manager Sean White concurs with Dunn on the future.

“We want to see more businesses coming to the area and more of the businesses that are already located here utilizing the Frankfort Airport for their business whether that be by cargo or just business travel in general,” said White. “We’ve got all the facilities that anyone would need from a corporate travel perspective or any other.”

Dunn also said the airport gives Frankfort and Clinton County a big advantage on other communities.

“This is just such a tremendous competitive advantage we have as a community versus other communities of our size in Indiana and across the Midwest,” said Dunn. “To have something like this right of the edge of town and right across the road from our Industrial Park is great. I think this is another example of how Frankfort and Clinton County are doing things right.”

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