Welcome to The Auburn-Lewiston Airport

Hours of Operation

Monday-Thursday 7AM – 7PM
Friday & Saturday 7AM – 5PM
Sunday 8AM – 5PM

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November 28, 2022

I hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving last week and survived the Black Friday shopping traffic. Our LEW Staff has done another great job decorating the Airport terminal building and keeping the Season bright. Here are some updates at LEW:

The airport’s Red Bird Simulator has a short delay; the new arrival date is December 5, 2022. The simulator is coming directly from the manufacturer. It will be a non-motion LD system with the resistance yoke, Steam and G1000 gauges, and Red Bird seats for proper fit. The simulator will be installed at the White Hangar on the East Ramp. The hourly rate for the simulator will be $65.00 per hour. I am working on developing student rates and instrument familiarizations rates to be fair. The Hobbs meter will be the measure for the hourly rates.

The Simulator will have an instructor interface which allows the instructor and student to replay the flight which will conserve the student’s time and money. Since the simulator is property of the Airport, scheduling will be through the Airport CSR, and use of the simulator will be open to the public. All new users (non-pilots) will be required to sit through the Airport’s simulator orientation brief prior to beginning their flight journey. I want to make sure their first session is a positive one.

I would like to take this time and welcome our new based customers who are mostly coming from Twitchell’s Airport. I have not met all of them yet, but I am certain I will see them on the ramp in the next couple of weeks. Many of you know Twitchell’s Airport has closed, which means the tenants and the operators of the airport will be looking for other airports to store their aircraft. This is a great opportunity for the KLEW Airport to grow as an aeronautical community. The December 1, 2022 Board will have discussion about Twitchell’s Airport. I hope to see the Twitchell’s community at the meeting.

The “White Hangar” formerly known as the “Geneva Aviation” hangar is closer to completion of being cleaned and prepared for public access. The aircraft storage of the hangar is full, and there is a waiting list. I am hopeful that the Pilot’s Lounge will be open the first week of December 2022. There is some interior decorating to do and there are digital locks and cameras that need to be installed. During the upcoming December 2022 Board meeting I will explain the concept of operations for the White Hangar office area/Simulator area/Pilot’s Lounge/and Hangar. I will also have material published about access and use of the White Hangar at a later date. Anyone requiring access to the hangar, lounge, office, or simulator will be required to register with the Airport. We will allow signatory credentials for customers and employees of our Tenants.

In December 2022 the Airport will receive its first Lavatory Cart. The lavatory cart will be used to service the corporate jet aircraft customers, a request that is getting more frequent at LEW. I appreciate the City of Auburn Public Works Department for approving the disposal procedure of the Lavatory Cart waste. This approval means the Airport will be able to service every request at short notice.

Coffee: As the weather gets cold many pilots and customers would like to get a warm drink. 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. This complimentary service has been coordinated with The Cheesy Skillet. Onboard Aircraft coffee catering service will be handled through The Cheesy Skillet concession.

Lastly, if there is interest in establishing a monthly or weekly “Pilot’s Breakfast” please let me know. I feel that this comradery is important and the Airport should make this space available to all pilots and tenants of KLEW. This can be a seasonal or year-round program depending on how it is received.

Thank you; and stay warm and well,
James Scheller, C.M.
manager@flytomaine.com

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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.

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                    The Connies

 

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.

Further Reading:

Lufthansa Brings Back a Superstar From the 1950s

Rare Lockheed plane in Auburn getting a new life – as a cocktail lounge

TWA Hotel at JFK

Auburn-Lewiston Airport Terminal Building

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.

Auburn-Lewiston Airport Staff
 

 

Auburn-Lewiston Airport Wings Of Freedom Tour