Why fly into McKinney National Airport?

McKinney National Airport, formerly known as Collin County Regional Airport at McKinney, is a public use airport located in McKinney, Texas, approximately 30 miles north of downtown Dallas.

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McKinney National Airport breaks ground on new hangar

 

The McKinney National Airport recently broke ground on a new 10,000-square-foot hangar that will accommodate transient aircraft, from single-engine aircraft to medium-size jet aircraft for either long-term or short-term stays. The airport secured contracts to completely fill the new hangar before construction began.

“As more pilots learn McKinney National Airport is a first-rate option for corporate jets, general aviation and business customers, hangar space will continue to be in high demand,” said Ken Wiegand, McKinney National Airport Director. “We offer incredible amenities like on-site customs, a location on the fringe of Class-B airspace and award-winning ground services. McKinney National Airport is open for business.”

McKinney National Airport is home to business aircraft that travel worldwide. In 2012, the airport received national designation by the FAA and renamed the airport to McKinney National Airport to don its newly earned categorical ranking. The national category designation is earned by the number of annual operations, sophistication of infrastructure, aero-medical service and number and type of based aircraft. Only 84 general aviation airports in the country are in this national category.

McKinney Air Center, the fixed-base operator (FBO) that provides fuel and other services to aircraft at McKinney National Airport, was voted the best in the nation in the 2016 Pilots’ Choice Awards by FltPlan.com. In addition, the Pete and Nancy Huff Air Traffic Control Tower at McKinney National Airport was named #3 in the Pilots’ Choice Awards and was also awarded the 2015 Facility of the Year by Robinson Aviation Inc. for its significant contributions to the safety and efficiency of the National Airspace System.

Ad valorem tax revenue generated by the airport and FBO helps pays for local road improvements, emergency services, education and more.  Additional information

TxDot grant gives McKinney National Airport a lift

The Texas Transportation Commission has approved the granting of $1,756,202 in federal funds to reimburse McKinney National Airport for the cost of land it acquired in 2010 as part of the $45 million project to replace the old runway.

Project costs will be funded through the City of McKinney and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Aviation Facilities Grant Program, which preserves and improves the state’s general aviation airport system.

Airport Executive Director Ken Wiegand said: “Federal and state grants administered by TxDOT provide the kind of financial assistance our airport needs to continue to grow and provide top-quality service to our business aviation customers. McKinney National Airport has been fortunate to receive outstanding support from FAA and TxDOT over the past 12 years.”

The runway in McKinney was constructed at 7,002 feet long and 150 feet wide with a weight-bearing capacity of 450,000 pounds. It was the largest in single development project in TxDOT Aviation history. The width and weight-bearing capacity can accommodate larger, heavier aircraft.

This year, TxDOT expects to provide approximately $60 million in funding for planning, constructing and maintaining community airports. Approximately 275 community airports in Texas are eligible for funding.

Notable: Ken Wiegand, an accredited member of the American Association of Airport Executives, holds a commercial pilot’s license in helicopter and fixed wing aircraft and earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Wiegand, a 20-year military veteran, has been executive director of Mckinney National Airport since 2002. He served 10 years as executive director of the Winchester Regional Airport Authority in Virginia and eight years as Director of the Virginia Department of Aviation. He has been recognized for his accomplishments by the Federal Aviation Administration, the Commonwealth of Virginia and most recently by the Texas Department of Transportation as its 2008 Airport Manager of the Year.

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