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DeKalb airport named Airport of the Year

Published: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 10:42 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 10:46 a.m. CDT
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The DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport was named Airport of the Year at the 2013 Illinois Aviation Conference. Back row, from left: Chuck Lanning, airport maintenance, DeKalb Fifth Ward Alderman Ron Naylor, Illinois Division of Aeronautics Director Susan Shea, DeKalb Mayor John Rey. Front row, from left: DeKalb Public Works Director T.J. Moore, airport manager Tom Cleveland, city of DeKalb intern Jystin Miller.

DeKALB – The Illinois Department of Transportation’s Division of Aeronautics has selected DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport as the 2013 General Aviation-Public/Category A Airport of the Year. Criteria is based on, but not limited to, cooperation with the DOA and the FAA, safety record and maintenance of the facility.

“I am very pleased to learn of this recognition for the job done by city staff in the operation of the DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport for 2013,” Mayor John Rey said.

“This operation is led by airport manager Tom Cleveland, who along with all the airport staff, Airport Advisory Board and citizens of the community can be very proud of the quality services that are provided through the airport operation.”

Robert Owens, Airport Advisory Board member and airport commissioner, said he feels the award is special for several reasons.

“We have been fortunate enough to be multiple recipients of this prestigious award; however, this one in 2013 is very, very, special since we overcame many obstacles,” he said. “This award would not have been possible without the confidence and help we receive from our elected and other city officials and employees, and with Tom, as usual, putting the right pieces in the right places at the right times to make DKB work as efficiently as possible. To the city population, volunteers, our tenants, and all associated with DKB, thanks to every one of you.”

Fifth Ward Alderman Ron Naylor agreed.

“It is a great honor for DTMA to be recognized again with this award,” he said. “The recognition speaks well for the airport, the city, the city council and community’s ongoing support. Special recognition should go to the airport manager, the supporting public works personnel, the Airport Advisory Board and the aviation community for their over the past several years that has made the airport one of the state’s finest.”