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coverAfter three years of design and development, airport administration announced the introduction of the new Republic Airport logo last October. The airport's new symbol of identity will be seen on signage, electronic media (see page three) and other printed material.

"Several concepts were presented starting as far back as 1997," says Michael Schiefer, president of Creative Force, the firm contracted to develop the logo. "We're pleased with the final selection of the review committee at Republic and, together, look forward to full implementation of the design."

Incorporated into a version of the logo is the positioning statement: "Long Island's Executive Airport." According to Stephen Williams, airport manager, "The slogan is important because it defines our primary objective-to be the standard of excellence in serving the vital business community along the Route 110 corridor and in the greater Long Island area." He further emphasized, "Here at Republic-we mean business."

The approved design respects the long-time role of Republic Airport within aviation in America, while projecting a very positive modern day image. Top


Welcome to the first edition of "FRG Highlights." This publication marks our need to reach a growing audience that ranges from the business community, using Republic as never before, to a multi-million dollar aviation community that calls the airport home and visitors, neighbors and friends from throughout the region. Future issues will afford readers the insight of Republic Airport Commission in a column that features the commission's chairman Frank A. Nocerino.
It is our intent to publish Highlights as a means of providing information and updates on the aviation assets, business opportunities, strategic directions and daily events that center at Republic Airport. Given the modest scope of this publication we will also post in-depth reports on our Web site that will greatly expand on what you read about here.

We are particularly excited about the enormous growth in opportunities presenting itself to Republic this year. Corporate air traffic is up three percent over last year and jet activity even more so, while new construction at the airport will be able to support and anticipate even greater aviation needs in the months to come. Two new hotels being proposed for the airport property will be crucial to meeting the needs of business travelers using Republic as their destination. And the airport's master plan is now being reviewed by public, press and regulatory agencies.

Another unprecedented opportunity for the airport will be the ability of our management team to support the transportation needs of the U.S. Open in 2002. Some of the leading professional golfers in the world will confront the challenging Black Course at nearby Bethpage State Park and Republic is their first stop. A wide variety of aircraft-Biz Jets, Gulfstreams and Beech Barons, for example-will be flying in, their pilots confident that they will be accommodated with the same level of professionalism as their passengers.

We welcome your input as we move ahead with this exciting publication. Feel free to write, e-mail or phone if you have questions or comments. Dialogue and thoughtful discussion can only ensure that "FRG Highlights" is a success. Top

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      question quest


      Republic Airport sits in the economic center of the Route 110 Business Corridor along the Nassau-Suffolk border. From restaurants and hotels to corporate headquarters of national companies, this north-south corridor contributes hundreds of millions of dollars to the region's economy. The Route 110 Redevelopment Corp. is a public-private partnership sponsored by the neighboring towns of Huntington and Babylon to attract additional high-tech related businesses to this strategic area.

      question quest

      answer The corporation has launched a national campaign to promote the business corridor to firms looking to relocate. With a $100,000 grant from Huntington and an initiative to obtain another $110,000 in corporate funds, the group plans trips to trade shows and has already begun spreading the word through its public relations firm.

      question quest

      answer Republic Airport officials report that corporate activity is up by three percent over last year and continuing to rise, reflecting the strength of the region's economy and the need for executives to avoid the delays associated with commercial airline service.

      The increase in business jet traffic comes on the heels of a survey from the Association for a Better Long Island (ABLI) that general aviation is viewed as crucial in attracting and keeping strategic companies in the region. The ABLI represents some $20 billion in commercial, industrial, retail and residential properties throughout the Nassau-Suffolk area.

      ABLI's executive director, Desmond Ryan, stated that, "Republic is viewed as crucial in our ability to attract new investment onto Long Island at a time when competition is global in nature, ruthless in tempo and the winner is the one who gets to the meeting first. Its location, its ability to handle state-of-the-art corporate jets and its commitment to serving the business and general aviation community has become a key selling point in convincing companies to invest in our region."


    Airport Ops Supervisor

Having earned his B.S. in Airways Science Management from Dowling College in 1993, Heinz Hansen started his career in aviation at Republic Airport where today he can still be found. Heinz is currently the airport's ops supervisor.

"Ever since I was a boy, I have been fascinated with anything that has to do with aviation," said Heinz. "In fact, when my family would go out to JFK to pick up my grandmother who flew in from Germany, it was a treat for me as a young boy, to see all the jumbo jets at the airport."

Heinz, who is certified to fly single engine aircraft, takes time out to do some flying with his wife of less than a year, Christine, rounding out his interest in aviation.

We recently discovered that his interest in things above us extend to skyscrapers, a subject of which Heinz considers himself somewhat of an expert. He can give you the history of most tall buildings that make up the New York City skyline. Other interests include an occasional round of golf and rooting for Kansas City baseball and football teams. He and his wife live on Long Island in Oakdale.

"Being a part of the FRG team allows me to work with a great bunch of people," added Heinz. "But who knows where my career will ultimately lead me?"


    There were 13,296 operations in January 2001, up 1.6% from a year earlier. The figures for February were 13,777 and 5.3% respectively.

    504 aircraft are based at Republic, more than any other airport in the state. Top


home_pageRecognized by Republic Airport administration as a technological breakthrough, the new and official Republic Airport Web site promises to be the consummate communication vehicle for the airport. The Web site, which is at the core of a greater Internet marketing program for Republic, includes everything from the most basic information about this general aviation facility to interactive public service components such as answers to frequently-asked questions and up-to-date weather conditions.

As a special service to the surrounding communities, the site will also offer an airport and local events calendar. "We want to encourage area residents and business people to visit the airport and experience it in a more enjoyable fashion," explains Stephen Williams, airport manager. "With the same enthusiasm, we want to expose other local events taking place outside of the airport that are unique to the Long Island lifestyle."

Republic Airport is a vibrant center of commerce with over twenty active aviation tenants and professional administration and operations teams. Tenants offer various industry and business-related services. Many specialized skills exist at various places on the airport. "Residential neighbors, the regional business community, as well as aircraft operators and customers from within and outside the area will be able to get information anytime," says Stephen Williams, airport manager. "What helps the businesses we serve also helps us. It's a reciprocal effort."

From a news aspect, the Web site will also carry press releases and an online version of this newsletter. Prior press releases and editions of "FRG Highlights" will be archived for the future reference of site visitors.

Electronic response functions afford every visitor the opportunity to request information, ask questions and express opinions. So, log on! Top


Governor George E. Pataki unveiled a full-scale replica of a P-51 Mustang fighter as a permanent tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II at the American Airpower Museum at Republic Airport. The Governor was joined by Lt. Col. Lee Archer, a Tuskegee ace whose aircraft markings are featured on the Mustang, and by leaders of Long Island's veterans community. The replica will serve as a tribute to the challenge the Tuskegee Airmen faced in confronting a two-front war: the German Luftwaffe and American racism.

Lt. Colonel Lee Archer said, "Governor Pataki has been in the vanguard of the battle against racism in all its repugnant forms. It should come as no surprise that he would now take the lead in creating this fitting tribute to these veterans of 60 years ago. This Mustang represents every one of us who have been willing to fight-and to die-for our nation's liberties. In honoring the Tuskegee Airmen, you honor the inherent strengths of a nation where life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is a right guaranteed to all of us, regardless of race, color or creed." Top

Touch N Go


Check It Out:

      Exhibit depicts daily ship life through maps, manuscripts, logbooks and re-created living quarters.

      Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum . Cold Spring Harbor, NY . 631.367.3418

      Exhibits include a collection of three steam locomotives, one diesel engine and other vintage equipment.
      Open Sat., 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. year round.

      Railroad Museum Of Long Island . Riverhead, NY . 631.727.7920

      Specialty plant nursery, demonstration garden and classes, herbs and herbal products.
      Open daily, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Closed Tues. and Wed.

      Peconic River Herb Farm . Calverton, NY . 631.369.0058

      Information from "This Month On Long Island." Top



      The Republic Airport Master Plan is an ongoing project for 2001. visit our Web site at

      Republic Airport's Management Team will be developing strategies early-on addressing services during the US Open 2002. we'll keep you informed.

      Air East Airways is now operating out of its new 10,000 sq. ft., radiant-heated hangar with a 2,500 sq. ft. shop and 4.500 sq. ft. office/flight school. call 631.756.5500. Top

Tower Chief

When you meet Republic Airport FAA Tower Manager Cecil A. Claytor for the first time, you immediately sense that you are with an aviation professional who has cultivated a career that has satisfied his every objective. He owes it all to an aunt who guided him to the FAA and the support of his wife, Dr. Adrianne L. Thomas, a former Air Force captain.

Cecil entered The FAA School in Oklahoma City after earning a B.A. in American history and physical therapy from Imporia University in Kansas. He sought a career that was interesting and offered opportunity for growth. After graduating in 1981, he began a rewarding career in aviation as an air traffic development trainee at the Norfolk tower in Virginia.

The next eighteen years were spent at various towers in the northeast and recently as an ops specialist at FAA Regional Headquarters in Queens, NY.

"Over the years, I've learned the importance of teamwork-an essential element in all tower responsibilities," says Cecil. "The New York Metro Area, which Republic serves, provides a challenging arena for the team philosophy." Top


Republic Airport, a center for Metro New York and Long Island's corporate aircraft fleet and general aviation for over a quarter century, is reverberating once again to the sound of vintage radial engines with the arrival of the American Airpower Museum. The museum makes its home in the hangars and control tower that once dispatched thousands of Republic Aviation fighters. In a nation that far too often seeks to demolish its historic structures, a partnership that includes the Governor of the State of New York, museum owner Jeff Clyman, Long Island Jet Center, airport management and fixed base operators allowed these buildings to come back to life.

The museum's "squadron" of operational aircraft includes an extraordinarily rare P-47 Thunderbolt built at the plant, a Mitchell B-25 used during WWII, a Grumman Avenger, a Corsair, P-40N, a T-6 Texan and David Tallichet's B-17 used in the movie "Memphis Belle." Also on display are aircraft gun turrets and cockpits for young pilots to sit in. Top