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Nov. 2, 2006

Oswego County Airport Now Offers Charter Flight Service

Lon Sauter next to Piper Twin Comanche

Pilot Lon Sauter stands next to the Piper Twin Comanche that he flies for charter passenger and freight trips from the Oswego County Airport. Charter flights are now available from Oswego County to any point in the continental U.S.

VOLNEY - A new service offered by Aviation & Electronic Services L.L.C. makes it simpler and more efficient for businesses and travelers to ship light freight or fly out of Oswego County. The business is based at the Oswego County Airport in Volney.

Aviation & Electronic Services L.L.C. is owned and operated by pilot Lon Sauter and his wife Marge. They recently became certified by the FAA to provide charter flights for passengers and freight to all destinations in the continental U.S. Aviation and Electronic Services also operates The Flight School and an FAA certified aircraft repair station at the airport.

The charter flight service is aimed at corporate executives and businesses who want to avoid the time restrictions of commercial airlines or travel to an area not serviced by the major airlines. Sauter flies a twin-engine Piper Twin Comanche and can travel non-stop up to 900 nautical miles.

“The new service is another effort by the county to enhance the airport,” said County Legislator Barry Leemann, District 4, chairman of the County Legislature's Infrastructure and Facilities Committee. “It provides a freight and passenger service that was not previously available here in Oswego County. We're also looking at building more hangars at the airport to meet the needs of our local customers.”

Leemann said that several area industries and manufacturing companies, as well as elected officials, fly into the airport frequently to attend meetings in Oswego County.

According to statistics compiled by the New York State Department of Transportation, public-use airports such as Oswego County's provide a critical transportation link for local businesses. In addition to providing charter flights for businesses and corporate executives, they provide quick access for medical emergencies and law enforcement, flight training, and tourism and recreational flying opportunities.

The DOT reported that the Oswego County Airport had an economic impact of $7,109,000 in 2003.

The airport is managed by Bruce Bisbo and overseen by the Legislature's Infrastructure and Facilities Committee. In addition to Legislator Leemann, the committee includes vice chairman Phillip Vasho, District 22; Clayton Brewer, District 24; Michael French, District 23; Kevin Gardner, District 13; Paul Natoli, District 11; Arthur Ospelt, District 12; Leonard Ponzi, District 17; and Milferd Potter, District 2.

For information on the aircraft charter services, call Aviation and Electronic Services at 598-4482.

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