Airport offers tours over cityIn an effort to raise awareness and boost passengers, public flight tours over the city will begin Tuesday at the Dickinson Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport.
In an effort to raise awareness and boost passengers, public flight tours over the city will begin Tuesday at the Dickinson Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport.
“We’re going to try to do these twice a month until about October or November,” said Matthew Remynse, airport manager.
They plan to hold tours on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month, Remynse said.
The Airport Promotions Board in Dickinson, which is made up of area volunteers, came up with the idea for the tours, said Lexi Sebastian, executive director of the Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce.
The tours will “create awareness of our regional airport and it gives an opportunity for individuals who may not have an opportunity to use our airport on a daily basis,” Sebastian said.
Those interested will pay a $10 fee and flights will last 15 to 20 minutes, said Patrick Giese owner and operator of Western Edge Aviation, who will be flying the customers.
“We’re just going to take people up to see a little bit of the town and then back,” Remynse said.
Weather permitting, there are no restrictions on who can take the tours, Giese said.
They will fly three people at a time in a Cessna 172, Giese added.
Remynse said those who ride on the tours count toward the airport’s total number of passengers a year, which he hopes will bring extra funding.
If the airport gets 10,000 passengers in a year, it moves them up to another financial category which makes them eligible for a $1 million federal grant, Remynse said.
“Last year, we were just under a thousand short,” Remynse said.
Remynse said grant money would go back into the airport.
“It would go toward airport improvement projects such as taxiways, runways, terminal development and stuff like that,” Remynse said.
Anyone interested in taking a flight tour over Dickinson can call the airport at 701-483-1062.