Pensacola International Airport

Bob Barrett / WUWF News

Do you find air travel stressful? Travelers at Pensacola International Airport have been getting a little stress relief from some four legged volunteers. "These [dogs] are the Pensacola Pup Patrol, they are airport ambassadors." said Connie Flemming, one of a trio of dog owners who were volunteering their time last week at Pensacola International Airport.  The Pup Patrol has been visiting the airport two days a week since last May. "We come here to the airport to provide comfort to passengers coming and going.

Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

Two years after the initial announcement, and four months after the original start of production, ground was broken Friday on an aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul facility at Pensacola International Airport.

Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward served as master of ceremonies, to announce plans for a 173,000 square foot hangar on 19 acres adjacent to the airport – making the city part of the aerospace landscape.

Ground Is Broken on Pensacola Aerospace Facility

Oct 30, 2016
Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

Two years after the initial announcement, and four months after the original start of production, ground was broken Friday on an aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul facility at Pensacola International Airport.

Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward served as master of ceremonies, to announce plans for a 173,000 square foot hangar on 19 acres adjacent to the airport – making the city part of the aerospace landscape.

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Two years after the announcement that VT Mobile Aerospace would build a plant in Pensacola, more talks on funding the project are expected this afternoon. 

Construction was announced in September, 2014, with the plant originally scheduled to begin refurbishing large aircraft this summer. But, the site, 19 acres adjacent to Pensacola International Airport, remains idle with no groundbreaking date as yet.  

Bob Barrett

The nation’s airports are gearing for what’s being predicted as one of the busiest travel seasons ever and that means longer lines for the TSA’s security screening. You can make those lines go quicker by remembering a few simples tips, including leaving your guns at home.

Bob Barrett / WUWF News

  Shelby Johnson was working on two bee hives in the back of his pick-up truck which was parked in a field on the east side of Pensacola International Airport last Wednesday afternoon. Johnson is the President of the EscaRosa Beekeepers Association, which is partnering with the airport to establish a bee colony on the site. Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agriculture released the results of its first ever Honey Bee Colony Loss survey. It showed an 8 percent drop in bee colonies in just the last year.  

Bob Barrett

Baptist Health Care broke ground on a major new building project Tuesday afternoon in Pensacola. The new $6 million medical park is located on 12th Avenue in front of the Hyatt Hotel at the Pensacola Airport.

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Friday marks the annual exodus home by military personnel at local bases, and the United Service Organization is gearing up to help out.

The holiday events are part of the long tradition of the USO, which has 160 locations in 27 states and 14 countries. It dates back to its creation by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in February, 1941 – ten months before the attack on Pearl Harbor.  

Pensacola Airport

Two years after the city placed the food concessions at Pensacola International Airport up for bids, the ribbon was cut Tuesday morning for the restaurants that make up OHM Concessions in both the pre- and post-security areas.

Based in St. Ann, Missouri, OHM operates Pensacola Beach House bar and restaurant; Einstein Bros. Bagels, Freshens, and Chick-Fil-A at the airport.

Pensacola Intergalactic Airport

Pensacon 2015 is four weeks away and the City of Pensacola is already getting into the spirit.  Thursday morning at Pensacola International Airport, Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward stood at a podium alongside Councilman at Large Charles Bare, Pensacon Chairman Mike Ensley, as well as Darth Vader, and issued a proclamation that officially changed the name of Pensacola International Airport to Pensacola Intergalactic Airport.

VT-MAE

In September, Pensacola was announced as the new home for a portion of V-T Mobile Aerospace Engineering, Inc. -- formerly known as ST Mobile Aerospace Engineering. WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody looks back at the project – originally code-named “Project Stallion.” 

Meeting in special session, the Pensacola City Council voted 7-0 to approve the 30-year lease – which was signed immediately after adjournment by Mayor Ashton Hayward. 

  Besides other state and local races, Pensacola voters are also deciding who will serve as Mayor for the next four years. 

On bringing jobs to Pensacola:

“We have to put people to work. We have to create the environment to be a business-friendly city. That’s one of my number one goals that we set out to do and I think we’ve achieved that. We’ve been very fortunate to bring UPS into Pensacola; Southwest Airlines, DeepFlex had been in the works for a little over two years. That’s a big part of my job, getting out and telling Pensacola’s story.”

VT Services

It’s official.

Pensacola is the new home for a portion of V-T Mobile Aerospace Engineering, Inc. -- formerly known as ST Mobile Aerospace Engineering. WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody reports on how the project originally code-named “Project Stallion” came to fruition.

flypensacola.com

Pensacola International Airport has a new presence on the web. FlyPensacola.com has gotten an upgrade.

Sleek graphics, vibrant photos and new navigational tools are featured on the improved, mobile-friendly website. Marketing Director Belinda Zephir says it’s all aimed at enhancing the user experience.

Robert De Varona

Businessman Robert de Varona is taking the City of Pensacola to court, over a deadline for him to remove vestiges of his restaurant from its long-time space at Pensacola International Airport. A hearing on the suit is scheduled for later this week.

A letter from outside counsel for the city told de Varona that if the equipment wasn’t removed by midnight last night, an eviction lawsuit would be filed and the gear impounded at his expense. De Varona contends that violates his lease, which gives him 60 days – until May 30th -- to vacate.

OHM Concessions

  OHM Concessions Group is holding a jobs fair at Pensacola International Airport this week, ahead of the Missouri-based firm’s takeover of the airport’s food and beverage operations next week.

Applicants fill out the paperwork and are interviewed in a second floor conference room at the airport. Among the company representatives there on Wednesday, the middle day of the three-day fair, was Milan Patel – OHM’s President and CEO.

Dave Dunwoody

About 300 people interested in working at ST Aerospace – either in Mobile or its operation to be built in Pensacola – came out in force on Thursday.

The line at Pensacola State College’s student center extended out to the parking lot when the doors opened at ten o’clock. They were quickly ushered in and through the process of filling out an application and speaking with an ST Representative.

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Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward Tuesday vetoed an extension of the current food and beverage lease agreement at Pensacola International Airport. 

Hayward plans to award the ten-year contract to Missouri-based OHM, which represents Chick-fil-A, Corona Beach House, Surf City Squeeze and Einstein Brothers Bagels. It takes effect when the Varona’s Restaurant contract expires at the end of this month.

ST Aerospace

The Pensacola City Council is expected to make a final decision Thursday evening, on a financial package to bring ST Aerospace – and at least 300 jobs -- to land adjacent to Pensacola International Airport.

City officials held a town hall meeting Tuesday night at the Vickery Center to explain the project and get feedback. Issues such as noise, traffic and environmental concerns were addressed by representatives from the city, the airport, and Bill Haffner -- Vice President of Operations for ST’s Mobile plant.

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Unlike a couple of weeks ago when a winter storm glazed over the Pensacola area, Winter Storm Pax is concentrating on northern Alabama and Georgia. The storm is also being felt here.

More than 80 line personnel and support staff from Gulf Power Company departed on Monday, to help out fellow Southern Company utility Georgia Power. Pax is expected to dump as much as eight inches of snow and ice on the Atlanta area. Many of the Gulf Power crew members there now, got some practice here two weeks ago.

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