Welcome to The Auburn-Lewiston Airport
Holiday Hours of Operation
Presidents Day, Monday, February 20, 2023: 8 AM – 5 PM
Hours of Operation
Monday-Thursday 7AM – 7PM
Friday & Saturday 7AM – 5PM
Sunday 8AM – 5PM
January 9, 2023
Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a very blessed and enjoyable holiday season. During the past few weeks, the Airport staff had been enjoying their time off and preparing the Airport for the snow season. Here are some highlights of the LEW Airport:
Pilot and Airport Board Chair meeting: The Airport’s Board Chair, Bob McCarthy, is excited about his new role and has implemented a “Pilots’ Meeting” that will take place on the day of each Airport Board meeting, which is the first Thursday of each month. The time for the Pilots’ Meeting will be 3:30 pm (1530 for our Military minded attendees). The meeting is an opportunity for Pilots and Tenants of the LEW Airport to have a voice in a setting that is not part of the Board’s formal public meeting environment. Mr. McCarthy has been on the Airport Board for one year and has a passion to develop the LEW Airport for all aeronautical needs. The Airport Manager has been excluded from the meeting but is available to assist in supporting the ideas and concepts that may need regulatory guidance.
The Airport Vehicle Storage Lot: The Airport has a vehicle storage lot on the west side of the airport inside a secure fence line. The rate is $65.00 per month and is open for RVs, Boats, Cars, Trucks, Campers, and Storage containers. Vehicles over thirty feet will require an additional fee. If you have a friend or neighbor needing this type of space, please refer them to the Airport’s Customer Service Representatives for details.
Snow Removal Plan (SRP): The updated SRP is published. The changes reflect the East Ramp’s new look. This year we will be pushing snow towards the outer edges of the East Ramp which will keep the snowbanks away from the hangar structures. The new ramp has improved drainage which will reduce the number of icy patches and drain buildup. The SRP requires the Airport staff to plow the primary runway and taxiways first, then the ramps, and finally the areas near the condos and T-hangars. The Airport staff will plow up to five feet of a private hangar. Please check the airport NOTAMS or call the airport to get an update on the snow removal.
The Airport’s Red Bird Simulator has arrived! The simulator was installed on December 14, 2022. Several people have taken it for a test spin, and it is above all expectations. This past week the backordered load yoke was installed, and the flight experience is even more amazing. The KLEW Airport simulation can be loaded, along with many other airports. There is a Tail Number for the simulator for those pilots keeping their qualification up to date. The steam gauges are currently plugged in, and I ask that you request assistance from Airport Staff to switch the gauges to the G1000. The logbook is located at the FBO; however, scheduling is with the Customer Service Representatives. Each registered user will receive a PIN for the Simulator room. There is a Pilot/CFI User Manual in the Simulator room, please use it to familiarize yourself with eth simulator so you get the most out of your training time.
Dirigo Aerospace Solutions, LLC is making its mark at LEW. I hope everyone had an opportunity to see the article in the Sun Journal about Dirigo Aerospace Solutions, LLC and the LEW Airport. There are many new faces and aircraft on the airfield. I am anticipating flight operations to increase and aircraft configurations to adjust to the conditions and Pilot discretions on the airfield. Safety is always a concern, and radios are a huge component of ensuring air traffic coordination is intact. For those of you who did not know, LEW is a GA Reliever Airport; however, although the Airport statistically does not meet the definition of “Reliever” is does serve as a reliever based on the runway and FAA technology configurations – and the fact DOT says it is a Reliever Airport and so it is. Operations and Based aircraft are the deciding factors for a reliever airport, and to make my point: 100 based aircraft is the defining number. Right now, LEW is at 62 based aircraft, and I am hoping our rate of growth will also promote our safety culture for the safe arrival of the remaining 48+ aircraft that will call LEW their base.
Self-Serve 100LL Fuel: It’s in the works. The Board is requesting additional engineering specifications about the proposed fuel dispensing configurations. However, there is a cost for this engineering work which will delay this proposal. The Airport consultants and I are working together to make this effort of work as informative a without the heavy lifting and additional costs.
The “White Hangar” Pilot’s Lounge. The lounge is open! Please use the side door facing Life Flight to enter. Anyone requiring access to the hangar, lounge, office, or simulator will be required to register with the Airport. As a mention, in compliance with most law ordinances, the cameras will not record sound.
The Lavatory Cart has arrived. The lavatory cart is in service.
Coffee: The Airport has complimentary Keurig coffee available in the Airport conference room for our guests. The staff will also make a fresh pot of coffee upon request. It’s just our way of saying “Thank you” for stopping by.
The Airport Master Plan: The Airport Board has a subcommittee which will oversee the Consulting Firm interviews. The Sub-Committee members are the: Airport Manager, Marc Blais, Bob McCarthy, Jonathan LaBonte, and Brian Picard. After the interviews are completed, one Firm will be selected, and a public notice will be released. This is about a fourteen-month process which will involve a few public meetings and will solicit public comment. I am hoping the LEW audience will be in attendance.
Thank you; and stay warm and well,
James Scheller, C.M.
The Auburn-Lewiston Airport is a 627-acre Regional Reliever General Aviation facility that is one of the busiest in the State of Maine for runway operations. The airport supports local and regional general aviation, flight training, cargo, and a large volume of corporate activity.
We also do a little “camp” business in the summer. Last year, we averaged 144 runway operations per day or 52,750 annually, second only to Sanford Coastal Regional Airport in Sanford Maine.
The Auburn-Lewiston Airport was home to two Lockheed Constellation L-1649A aircraft, also called the Super Constellation Starliner, (later shortened to Super Star or Starliner) and more commonly known as the Connie. Out of 44 Starliners built, only four of these still exist. The Constellation line was commissioned and designed by TWA’s owner, Howard Hughes, and used for commercial flights in the 1950 and 1960s. Several years later, in 2008, Lufthansa Technick North America started the restoration project at the Auburn-Lewiston Airport.
In 2018 the restored Connie was loaded onto a flatbed truck and shipped to JFK Airport in New York to be used as a cocktail lounge at the new TWA hotel located at the former TWA terminal. The other plane was packed up and shipped to Germany in hopes of restoring it there.
A Public Institution
The cities of Auburn and Lewiston own and operate the airport through a nonprofit, quasi-municipal government corporation. Policy and strategic direction for the airport are set by a Board of Directors who meet in a public meeting at the airport. The Airport Board of Directors is comprised of an elected official, a city staffer, and a citizen at large from each city. In addition to those six, a representative from the Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments, the LA Metro Chamber of Commerce, and the Economic Growth Council are also part of the Board of Directors. The Board employs the Airport Director to manage the day to day operations and to carry out the policies and strategies set by the Board.
Long & Rich History
The airport has a long history with the Twin Cities. Since its beginning in 1935, many improvements have occurred which have helped to meet changing aviation demands and community needs. During World War II, this airport served as an auxiliary training facility for the US Navy.
Serving The Public is Our Top Priority
We now thrive by serving the varied needs of corporate, charter, cargo, and recreational aviation activities. This diversity will continue into the future as we look at ways to build additional hangar capacity, improve ground access and parking, and explore the development of non-aeronautical revenue streams to provide the needed financial stability for the airport to continue its mission of providing a safe, economical transportation interchange for people and freight thereby enhancing the prosperity of the region.