GTR Airport Teams with Columbus AFB to Keep Pilot Production Moving Forward

Courtesy of Golden Triangle Regional Airport

Air Force T-1 Jayhawk trainer aircraft on GTR’s north ramp

The Golden Triangle Regional Airport (GTR) is now the temporary home to more than two dozen Air Force T-1 Jayhawk trainer aircraft from nearby Columbus Air Force Base. The T-1s are operating out of GTR while one of the three runways at the Air Force base is closed for construction.

“We’re glad we could partner with the Air Force and give them the opportunity to keep their training tempo up during the construction at the base,” said Mike Hainsey, GTR’s Executive Director. “The worldwide pilot shortage is hitting the Air Force especially hard, so they need to keep their pilot training on schedule.”

The Air Force flights at GTR are planned through November, but Hainsey does not expect any major impact on overall airport operations. He commented, “We have the infrastructure and people in place to handle all of our partners, including the Air Force.”

Hainsey noted that the additional daily flight from Delta Air Lines as well as an increase in business aircraft can all be handled with current staffing.

“We will be busy, but we’re equipped to handle all of this and still maintain the high level of safety required and expected,” he stated.