JMAA CEO Carl Newman Takes First Flight after Runway 11/29 Reopens at Hawkins Field
By Yolanda Clay-Moore, Jackson Municipal Airport Authority

Carl Newman prepares to take off on Hawkins Field’s newly rehabbed Runway 11/29.

Jackson Municipal Airport Authority’s (JMAA) CEO, Carl Newman, was the first to take his aircraft on a flight after Runway 11/29 reopened August 10 at Hawkins Field. The runway had been closed for a $1.3 million rehabilitation project, which was 90 percent funded by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), 5 percent funded by the Mississippi Department of Transportation and 5 percent funded by the JMAA. Runways typically have a lifespan of 20 years, and Runway 11/29 was long overdue.

The project began in October 2017 and included the rehabilitation of concrete pavements, including joint and crack sealing, slab repair, slab replacement, pavement marking removal and pavement marking. Additionally, the project included installation of a Medium Intensity Runway Lighting System with LED fixtures.

“This is a great day for Hawkins Field and the community at large,” said Newman before his flight. “I’m honored to be the first to utilize the new runway. As I lift off, I’ll have an opportunity to realize the work that’s gone into this project that continues to strengthen the product here at Hawkins Field and moves us even closer to our strategic goals.”

Runway Safety continues to be one of the FAA’s highest priorities as it embodies a safe flight, both at its start and conclusion.

Hawkins Field Airport, soon to celebrate 90 years, is a general aviation airport and provides two runways to accommodate corporate, private, cargo and chartered aircraft. It is the only local general aviation airport in the south-central region of Mississippi with a fully staffed air traffic control tower that operates from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on a daily basis. Additionally, it is the only local general aviation airport with an Instrument Landing System on its primary runway 16/34.