Quality, dependable air service is something that many Americans rely on to make it to business meetings, work conferences and the occasional vacation destination. Sheridan Media's Ron Richter takes a look at how Sheridan County officials feel about the overall quality of air service in the area.
Canceled flights, delayed flights, and an overall lack of dependability is something that has plagued air service in Sheridan County for a number of years. During an interview on News Talk 930 K-R-O-E'S Public Pulse program, Sheridan County Commissioner Tom Ringley offered some clarification about the county's involvement in local airline service.
Governor Matt Mead's budget calls for $3.8 million in new funding to strengthen the Wyoming Air Service Enhancement Program, which is a subsidy program for airlines. Commissioner Terry Cram hopes that they can tap into those funds in an effort to improve air service in Sheridan County.
And in what could be a sign of things to come, Great Lakes Airlines has announced that they'll be ending service from Fort Dodge, Iowa to Minneapolis, Minnesota and suspending service to Mason City in northern Iowa and in Devils Lake and Jamestown, North Dakota; Ironwood, Michigan; and Thief River Falls, Minnesota.
The airline is blaming the moves on a federal requirement that pilots at small airlines must have 1,500 hours of experience. That's up from a previous requirement of 500 hours.