Airport History, Funding, Management, Personnel, Master Plan and Airport Photos
In 1942, The U.S. Navy established a Naval Reserve Aviation Base here. It later became Naval Air Station Memphis and then the Mid-South Naval Air Station. As a result of the 1993 Base Realignment and Closure Commission report, the airport and almost 2,000 acres of adjacent land was transferred to the City of Millington. About 550 acres is used for airport purposes with the balance set aside for industrial development. The Millington Regional Jetport, formerly known as the Millington Municipal Airport, is currently operated as a public airport serving primarily private and military aircraft. It does not have passenger airline service.
The Airport Authority collects rent for hangars, buildings and other space on the airport. Also, a fuel flowage fee is collected from aviation fuel sales. In addition, the airport collects a percentage of the revenue from cars rented on the airport. Grant funds for capital improvements are received from the Federal Aviation Administration and the Tennessee Department of Transportation – Aeronautics Division. The airport also serves as a FEDEX alternate to the Memphis International Airport to be used in case of emergency. They pay a monthly user fee to offset some of the airport operating cost including additional control tower and ARFF staffing hours. The airport control tower is staffed almost 20 hours daily but is funded for only 12 hours daily by the FAA Contract Tower program. No City or County funds are used to operate the airport.
The Airport Authority consists of an eleven-member Board to oversee the operation of the airport. Nine of the members are appointed by the Mayor of Millington, one by the Shelby County Mayor and one by the Tipton County Executive. Members serve a 5-year term without compensation and meet monthly to address airport issues. The Authority employs an Executive Director for day-to-day management, grant procurement and compliance with the myriad of FAA and other regulations governing the facility. Aircraft fueling, repairs and servicing is provided by a private contractor, Tulsair, Inc.
AIRPORT PERSONNEL -
The Millington Airport Authority has four employees. They are the airport Executive Director, his Executive Assistant and two maintenance workers. The airport owns the fire station and four fire trucks but contracts with the Millington Fire Department to provide 24-hour aircraft fire and rescue service (ARFF). The airport is certified for FAA Part 139 Index A but meets the ARFF requirements for Index E. The ARFF department is staffed with seven City of Millington firefighters, who man the station 24 hours a day, with two on duty per shift. ARFF personnel do not respond off-airport, and are there to provide immediate response to aircraft and airport emergencies. The airport contracts with Tulsair, Inc. to fuel and service aircraft. Tulsair has a full-service aircraft maintenance facility and employs an additional twelve people. They provide fueling services from 7 am until 2 am week days with shortened hours on weekends. The FAA control tower contractor employs seven air traffic controllers. There are also hangar tenants who operate their business from the airport. Back to the top.
AIRPORT PHOTOS –
MEMPHIS BELLE –
The Memphis Belle has been moved to the National Museum of the US Air Force in Dayton, Ohio and is currently undergoing restoration. To view a slideshow of the restoration, Click here .
AIRPORT MASTER PLAN -
The Airport Master Plan was developed for the airport by Barge, Waggoner, Sumner & Cannon in September, 2008 with funding from the TN Aeronautics Division. The purpose of the plan is to determine the aviation needs of the airport and its service area for the next 20 years. The goal of the plan is to provide the Millington Airport Authority with an effective planning tool to guide the future development of the Millington Regional Jetport.
OTHER AIRPORT DOCUMENTS -