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Below are past news articles about the Hagerstown Regional Airport. Current articles and media releases are available in our Recent News.

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Riding Along: Allegiant Air Flight From Hagerstown To Orlando
(HAGERSTOWN, MD — November 18, 2008)
Passengers on Allegiant Air's first flight out of Hagerstown to sunny Orlando, Florida came back home Monday night.
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Four airlines apply to serve Hagerstown
(HAGERSTOWN, MD — November 17, 2008)
Four companies have applied to provide commercial air service out of Hagerstown Regional Airport through a federal subsidy.
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Hagerstown Jet Sets To Fun In The Sun!
(HAGERSTOWN, MD — November 17, 2008)
Hagerstown, Md. residents today take off for the fun and sun of Orlando, Fla. as low-fare airline Allegiant Air inaugurates nonstop service from Hagerstown Regional Airport to the Sunshine State.

Allegiant Air Now at HGR
(HAGERSTOWN, MD — November 17, 2008)
Hagerstown Regional Airport is proud to welcome Allegiant Air.

Historic Plane Returns To Hagerstown Airport Sunday Play Media
(HAGERSTOWN, MD — November 16, 2008)
A piece of history flew into HGR Sunday, bringing back the historic C -119 aircraft.
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Flying Boxcar comes home
(HAGERSTOWN, MD — November 16, 2008)
Hundreds gathered at Hagerstown Regional Airport Sunday ... at 1:49 p.m., the Hagerstown Aviation Museum's Fairchild C-119 "Flying Boxcar" touched down, finally home, after 55 years, in the city of its birth.
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Allegiant Air Takeoff To Orlando A Success
(HAGERSTOWN, MD — November 14, 2008)
The first passenger flight in over a year took off from Hagerstown Regional Airport Friday evening.
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Allegiant Air takes off for Orland
(HAGERSTOWN, MD — November 15, 2008)
Inaugural Allegiant Air flight from Hagerstown Regional Airport to Orlando, Fla.
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10th Annual Hagerstown Aircraft Services & Experimental Aircraft Association Fly-In is set for Oct. 4th and 5th
1940's Hangar Dance Scheduled at Hagerstown Regional Airport Terminal-Sponsored by CVB

(HAGERSTOWN, MD — September 29, 2008)

Hagerstown Aviation Museum Issues “Emergency Funding Appeal” for Donations to Return a C-119 “Flying Boxcar” to Washington County
(HAGERSTOWN, MD — September 25, 2008)
An Emergency Fundraising Campaign has been launched by the Hagerstown Aviation Museum to secure funding for unexpected repairs to the museum’s 1953 Fairchild C-119 “Flying Boxcar”.

Cardin, Mikulski Praise Congressional Passage Of Bill To Provide A One-Year Extension Of The EAS Waiver For Hagerstown Airport
(WASHINGTON — September 24, 2008)
The U.S. Senate has passed legislation sponsored by U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D–MD) that will continue the Essential Air Service (EAS) program at Hagerstown Airport through Sept. 30, 2009.

Hagerstown Regional Airport Director Carolyn S. Motz smiles and Allegiant Air Director of Sales John Fenyes don Mickey Mouse by Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer Hagerstown is all ears when it comes to landing Allegiant
(WASHINGTON COUNTY — September 18, 2008)
Carolyn S. Motz was smiling but silent as she walked to the podium, a gold Mickey Mouse pin on her jacket the only clue to what she was about to say.
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Cardin, Mikulski Welcome Hagerstown Airport Announcement Of New Commercial Service
(WASHINGTON — September 17, 2008)
U. S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) applauded today?s announcement by Hagerstown Regional Airport that Allegiant Air will provide new commercial air service with direct flights between Hagerstown, MD and Orlando, FL This opportunity will not only attract leisure travelers to Western Maryland, but will also help the airport attract and leverage negotiations with additional airlines.

Hagerstown Regional Airport Welcomes Allegiant Air Jets, Low-cost Fares
(HAGERSTOWN, MD — September 17, 2008)
Washington County officials welcomed Allegiant Air low-cost non-stop jet service from Hagerstown Regional Airport (HGR) to Orlando, Florida in ceremonies held Wednesday September 17th.

Senate Passes Legislation to Reinstate the Essential Air Service (EAS) Program
(HAGERSTOWN, MD — February 15, 2008)
Paraphrasing a combined Media Release from the Maryland Senators that praised Congressional passage of the legislation: “The Senate has passed legislation sponsored by U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D–MD) that will reinstate the Essential Air Service (EAS) program at Hagerstown Airport. The bill extends the EAS program at Hagerstown for one year ...”

Runway 27 Update
(HAGERSTOWN, MD — February 14, 2008)
We are happy to announce that the new Runway 27 Instrument Landing System (ILS) is now in service!

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Runway Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Hagerstown Regional Airport Celebrates Completion of the Airport’s Main Runway Project (Runway 9-27 Improvement Program)
Event Held before a Crowd of 300 on Friday, November 30, 2007 at the Passenger Terminal Building, Hagerstown Regional Airport
(HAGERSTOWN, MD — November 30, 2007)
Hagerstown Regional Airport (HGR) celebrated the completion of its Runway Improvement Program with A Ribbon Cutting on Friday, November 30.
Photos of the Ribbon Cutting available to view in our Media Gallery

Senate approves measure to reauthorize funding at Hagerstown Regional Airport
A recently expired federal program that funded Hagerstown Regional Airport's passenger service would be reauthorized for another year under a bill passed Tuesday night by the U.S. Senate.

Senate Passes Legislation to Ensure Continuation of Passenger Service for Hagerstown Airport
(WASHINGTON — October 31, 2007)
The Senate has unanimously passed bipartisan legislation co-sponsored U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD), to ensure that the Essential Air Service (EAS) program continues in Hagerstown until Congress passes the five-year reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Passage of the FAA reauthorization bill, which contains a provision to continue the EAS mileage waiver program, could be delayed until 2008.

Cardin, Mikulski Announce That Short-Term Funding Bill Passed By The Senate Includes Funding For EAS Program
EAS Program Critical to Hagerstown Regional Airport
(Sepember 28, 2007 — WASHINGTON)
U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD), announced today that the Senate included funding for the Essential Air Service program (EAS) in the short-term funding that passed the Senate last night to keep the government operating until Nov. 15. The EAS funding would have to be extended after Nov. 15.

Hagerstown Regional Airport passenger service enters hiatus September 30, 2007
Remaining airport businesses and airfield to operate normally
(September 27, 2007 — Hagerstown, MD)
Hagerstown Regional Airport management is anticipating that Air Midwest will discontinue daily passenger service at Hagerstown Regional Airport on Sunday, September 30, 2007.

Rare Historical Aircraft Donated to Hagerstown Aviation Museum
One of a Handful of Flying Fairchild PT-19's Returns to Hagerstown
(Hagerstown, MD — August 21, 2007)
Ward Wilkins flew a silver and black Fairchild PT-19 to Hagerstown on Saturday. His journey started in Indiana on Friday, but the journey for the airplane started 64 years ago in Hagerstown.

Rare Flying PT-19 Returning to Hagerstown August 18 10:00 am
(HAGERSTOWN — August 16, 2007)
A rare FLYING PT-19 aircraft is flying to Hagerstown, and is being donated to the Hagerstown Aviation Museum. The PT-19 was manufactured in Hagerstown by the Fairchild company starting in 1939 and through the very early 1940's.

Cardin visits airport, announces grant
(HAGERSTOWN — August 7, 2007)
Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin kicked off his first official visit to Washington County on Tuesday with a press conference at Hagerstown Regional Airport
Photos of this visit available to view in our Media Gallery.

Cardin, Mikulski Announce $7.3 Million For Hagerstown Airport Runway Extension
Funding Will Allow Completion of Project
(WASHINGTON — June 1, 2007)
U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski announced today that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Washington County $7.3 million to complete the runway extension of the Hagerstown Regional-Richard A. Henson Airport.

Hagerstown Regional Airport Project Changes the Look of US 11
(HAGERSTOWN, MD — March 2007)
The current runway improvement program at Hagerstown Regional Airport will result in significant improvements to your airfield by the end of this calendar year.

Hagerstown Aviation Museum - Donation of Three Rare Historic Aircraft Announced
(HAGERSTOWN, MD — March 2007)
Hagerstown Aviation Museum Hosts Enthusiastic, Standing-Room Only Group of Aviation Buffs of all Ages. Donation of Three Rare Historic Aircraft Announced to the More than 300 Museum Members and Donors, Aviation Enthusiasts, Families and Friends

Hagerstown Aviation Museum to Host Special Reception (Feb. 25th 2pm-4pm, Hagerstown Aircraft Services)
(February, 2007)
Donation of Three Additional Historic Aircraft To Be Announced!

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New improvements take off at Hagerstown Regional Airport
(December 30, 2006)
Featured in the Waynesboro Record Herald

Hagerstown Regional Airport - Constantly Improving for the Aviation Community
AutoPILOT Magazine
Hagerstown Regional Airport (HGR) may have opened in 1928 but today it has 21st century attitudes.

Airview Rd Access Closing
(November 7, 2006)
As part of the Airports Runway Improvement Program, the Air View Road access to and from US Route 11 will be closed from November 17, 2006 until approximately May 2007.

Last Flyable C-82 In The World Returning Home to Hagerstown, Arrival Expected Sunday
(Hagerstown, MD, October 12, 2006)
The last flyable Fairchild C-82 “Flying Boxcar” took off today, October 12, from Greybull, Wyoming at 12:10pm MDT bound for Hagerstown, Maryland where it was manufactured over sixty years ago.
Also, see History flies in and out of Ottumwa, and Final flight VIDEO.

Annual Hagerstown Fly-In

Just A Few Drops More: TSA Relaxes Liquid Ban
(September 25, 2006)
The Transportation Safety Administration announced Monday that effective September 26, passengers on commercial airliners will once again be able to bring gels and liquids onboard with them... but, as you may expect, there are still some restrictions.

Things Ya Can't Fly With, Part One: Liquid Leads To Pax Pulled From Flight
(September 5, 2006)
Repeat After Me: NO LIQUIDS ALLOWED In Carryon Baggage

Project taking off: Airport runs away with business service
(August 23, 2006)
Hagerstown Regional Airport is trying to shed the perception that its main enterprise is commercial airline service.

Group buys “Flying Boxcar” for Hagerstown museum
Hagerstown Aviation Museum planners landed what they hope will become their biggest attraction when they outbid others Wednesday for a Fairchild C-82 “Flying Boxcar” built in the city in 1945.

(Effective August 15, 2006)

CVB Welcomes C-130 Air Crew at Hagerstown Regional Airport
(August 4, 2006)
The air crew of a Minnesota Air National Guard C-130 visited Hagerstown-Washington County on a training flight. The crew had experienced engine difficulties, and was stranded in Hagerstown for more than a week, as various repairs were made.

Hagerstown Airport Receives Next-Generation Security Scanner
(August 4, 2006)
Hagerstown Regional Airport is among the first airports in the country to receive a Reveal Explosive Detection System (EDS) for checked baggage screening. The Reveal CT-80 machine, which is smaller in size and costs less than half the other EDS machines currently in use at commercial airports nationwide, will augment the other forms of explosives detection equipment already in place at Hagerstown.

Airport Update
News from Hagerstown / Washington County Chamber of Commerce June 2006 issue of Connect.

4th annual Fathers Day Fly–In
(June, 2006)
To take place June 18th at Hagerstown Regional Airport.

AEA Recognizes Hagerstown Aviation Services Inc., Hagerstown, Md. for Training Commitment
(April, 2006)
Among other recipients, Hagerstown Aviation Services Inc. of Hagerstown, MD was presented with the Avionics Training Excellence Award from the Aircraft Electronics Association during the Opening Ceremony of the 49th annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show. The Avionics Training Excellence award recognizes AEA members for their total commitment to training as evidenced by participation in AEA–approved training. This year, 64 members were recognized, which is the most ever.

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Service Awarded - EAS for Hagerstown, Maryland
Hagerstown Regional Airport Benefactor of USDOT Contract
(Hagerstown, MD - September 9, 2005)
Hagerstown Regional Airport (HGR) Manager, Carolyn Motz received notification today from the office of United States Senator Paul S. Sarbanes that the U.S. Department of Transportation Order for commercial passenger service at Hagerstown was signed. MESA/Air Midwest (operating as U.S Airways Express) to provide three round trips a day from Hagerstown to Pittsburgh International Airport in Pennsylvania through September 2007.

Recent FAA Audit Yields High Marks
Airport Control Tower Excels
(Hagerstown, Maryland - August 31, 2005)
An evaluation and audit was recently conducted by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the Air Traffic Control facility Tower at Hagerstown Regional Airport.

Flight Camp USA scheduled at the Hagerstown Regional Airport
One Day Camp held by Flight Camp USA and Rider Jet Center
(Hagerstown, Maryland - August 29, 2005)
A one day flight camp will be held by Flight Camp USA in cooperation with Rider Jet Center at the Hagerstown Regional Airport, Saturday, September 10, 2005.

Runway Program at Hagerstown Regional Airport Enters Next Phase
Bid Award Runway 09-27 Improvement Program - Package 3
Area Contractor Wins Bid for Package 3
(Hagerstown, Maryland - August 23, 2005)
The Board of County Commissioners of Washington County Maryland approved New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Inc., of New Enterprise, PA as the successful bidder of the second of four packages that comprise Hagerstown Regional Airport's Runway Improvement Program.

(July, 2005)
Hagerstown Regional Airport welcomes STAT MedEvac as the newest member of the airfield community!

(Hagerstown, MD - July 18, 2005)
Aviation Resources DE, Inc. (ARDI), a firm specializing in aviation modification, installation and maintenance services, is expanding its operations in Washington County.

Hagerstown Aviation Museum, MPT Airing of Documentary, Fairchild Fly-In
(Hagerstown, MD June 29, 2005)
Ribbon Cutting/Grand Opening set for Hagerstown Aviation Museum. Interest in aviation history includes the broadcast television premier of Hagerstown Aviation Documentary on Maryland Public Television and coincides with annual Fly-In at Hagerstown Regional Airport.

3rd annual Fathers Day Fly–In
To take place June 19th at Hagerstown Regional Airport.

Commercial Passenger Service to continue at HGR
(Hagerstown, MD - April 15, 2005)
The staff and Airport Advisory Commission at the Hagerstown Regional Airport are pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of Transportation has decided in favor of the Washington County Commissioners' petition for the reinstatement of the Essential Air Service program eligibility.

Northrop Grumman to Perform Structural Inspection of U.S. Navy's P-3C Aircraft
(BALTIMORE — April 4, 2005)
Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been selected to inspect the wings of U.S. Navy P-3C Orion aircraft in order to identify and correct structural fatigue problems.

U.S. Department of Transportation — Grant Advance Notice
(March 30, 2005)
This notification is provided to the Committee pursuant to one of the following requirements governing the public announcement of a Department of Transportation discretionary grant, letter of intent, or Federal Transit Administration full funding grant.

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Hagerstown, Remembering Our Aviation Heritage..A New Documentary Film
Premier To Take Place on Sept. 18th at Rider Jet Center at Hagerstown Regional Airport
(Hagerstown, MD - Sep. 8, 2004)
The unique and untold story of Hagerstown's aviation past unfolds in a new documentary film by Vintage Video Productions. With many never-before released images, and an extensive collection of rare local film footage, this documentary is sure to pique the interest of Fairchild and Hagerstown aviation enthusiasts everywhere!

Sept. 18th Fairchild Reunion Scheduled, New Hagerstown Aviation Heritage Movie to Premier
(September, 2004)
A-10s to Return to Hagerstown, Antique Aircraft to be Displayed.

A-10s Return to Hagerstown
Planning is well underway for the community event, "Fairchild Airplanes & the People Who Built Them," scheduled for Saturday, September 18, from 2:00 pm until 6:00 pm, at the Hagerstown Airport. The event, which features a display of vintage Fairchild airplanes and memorabilia, will also host an A-10 pilots reunion.

Fly-in/drive-in at Hagerstown Regional Airport
On the weekend of July 17th & 18th, 2004, the Hagerstown, MD chapter 36 of the Experimental Aircraft Association and Hagerstown Aircraft Services, Inc. will co- sponsor a fly-in/drive-in event at the Hagerstown Aircraft services facility on Basore Road at the Washington County Regional Airport, Richard A. Henson Field.

WiFi Hot Spot established at Hagerstown Regional Airport
(HAGERSTOWN, MD - June 22, 2004)
Hagerstown Regional Airport management announced today that a Wireless Local-Area Network is now on-line at the Airport's Passenger Terminal, located at 18434 Showalter Road near Hagerstown.

Governor Ehrlich Announces Renewal of Washington County Enterprise Zone
(ANNAPOLIS, MD - June 18, 2004)
Continuing to enhance economic development and job creation in Western Maryland, Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. today announced the redesignation of Hagerstown Regional Airport Enterprise Zone, one of the state's three Enterprise Zones in Washington County.

Acquisition of Aviation Resources De., Inc. (ARDI) By Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC)
(Sparks, Nevada - June 10, 2004)
Sierra Nevada Corporation announced that, as of today, it has completed the acquisition of Aviation Resources De., Inc. (ARDI), a Maryland-based aircraft modification, installation, maintenance and FAA Certified PART 145 Repair Station.

Air Service Development - Hagerstown Regional Airport (HGR)
The big news for Hagerstown Regional Airport and US Airways in May is the arrival of Piedmont Airlines service to Pittsburgh. In case you haven't heard, Piedmont, a wholly owned subsidiary of US Airways, will be bringing the wonderful deHavilland Dash 8 aircraft here for that service.

New US Airways Express Carrier to Serve Hagerstown Regional Airport
(Hagerstown, MD - March 17, 2004)
US Airways Express has announced that wholly owned carrier Piedmont Airlines will begin serving Hagerstown Regional Airport on Sunday, May 2, 2004. Piedmont will be upgrading capacity and frequency between Hagerstown and Pittsburgh, utilizing the 37-seat, deHavilland Dash-8 aircraft on four daily roundtrip flights.

Construction to begin on Runway Program at Hagerstown Regional Airport; Local Contractor Lands Bid for Package One
(Hagerstown, MD - March 16, 2004)
The Board of County Commissioners of Washington County Maryland announced today that C. William Hetzer, Inc. of Hagerstown Maryland is the successful bidder of the first of four packages that comprise Hagerstown Regional Airport’s Runway Improvement Program. Hetzer’s bid was $17,429,655, which was $600,000 lower than the engineer’s estimate. Work is expected to begin within 45 days.

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