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Posted on: June 9, 2015

Learn about Tacoma Narrows Airport’s draft water system plan June 23

Pierce County’s draft plan for Tacoma Narrows Airport’s water system will be presented at a June 23 public meeting at the airport.

The draft plan covers how the county manages and operates the water system, and describes system needs in the next 20 yea...

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Posted on: May 27, 2015

Wings & Wheels rolls into Narrows Airport July 5th

The fifth annual Gig Harbor Wings & Wheels event will take place on July 5th from 11am to 5pm at the beautiful Tacoma Narrows Airport, located at 1202 26th Ave NW in Gig Harbor. The Title Sponsor for the event is USAA, and it promises to bring as much fun and memories as in previous years with a classic car show, jet car, vintage warbirds, live music and plenty of food.

New in 2015 will be a visit from the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Red Tail Squadrons P-51 Mustang “Tuskegee Airman”, and thanks to USAAs title sponsorship, the Red Tail Squadron’s RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit, making its first ever west coast appearance. This exhibit allows you to put yourself in the cockpit and soar above the clouds in your own P-51C Mustang. Also included is the original film, RISE ABOVE, on a 160-degree panoramic screen in a 30-seat temperature-controlled movie theater. The RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit highlights the courage and determination of the Tuskegee Airmen, who overcame obstacles to train and fight as U.S. Army Air Corps pilots, and what it means to us 60 years later. The exhibit will be open for group tours and limited hours on the 3rd and 4th of July. The tours are free, so please call or e-mail to set up a time for your group to go through the exhibit and see the P-51C. The Exhibit will be open during the event on the 5th.

Our newest Sponsor, the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation (GGHF) a 501 (c)(3) non-profit community foundation, is holding a raffle for a ride in the P-51C Tuskegee Airman. Tickets are $10 and the drawing will be at 3:00 on Sunday the 5th. You must be present to win. Tickets will be available online beginning Monday, May 18th at http://p-51mustang.eventbrite.com. Half of all proceeds will go to the GGHF Curious by Nature School to support early-childhood programs and tuition assistance grants. The school offers a one-of-a-kind, nature-based early-learning program where children go outside to learn, explore and play every day, rain or shine.

The Hub at Gig Harbor is open and a big part of the festivities with a menu befitting the day and a beer garden for those with a thirst for more than water or pop. Various other food and beverage vendors will be on site to fill in what the Hub does not provide.

The car show has boasted more than 150 classic and custom cars and promises to have just as many or more this year. Room has been made to allow up to 250. Dash plaques for every entry and lots of trophies. Contact Larry Hansen at 253-377-2525 or email red50merc@gmail.com.

Bill Braack in the Smoke-N-Thunder Jet Car will return for his fifth year with us. Always a crowd pleaser, we’ll see if he can win a race against a warbird this year. Warbirds scheduled to appear this year are a pair of P-51 Mustangs, Renny Price in the SU-29, the two ship T-6 Texan team “Yellow Thunder”, the West Coast Ravens and a Stearman Biplane flown by Vicky Benzing.

This year, more on-site parking will be available, room for 300 cars on the VIP ramp are available first come first serve for $5. Parking is free at St. Anthony Medical Building on Pt. Fosdick, across from Uptown, and a free shuttle takes you right to the action. Tickets are: Adults 18 and older: $15, seniors and military ID card holders: $10, Kids 6 to 17: $5, and Kids 5 and under: FREE.

As always, we appreciate our sponsors that make it all happen: USAA, Fairway Independent Mortgage Company, The Greater Gig Harbor Foundation, Waste Management Inc, Tacoma Narrows Aviation, The Hub Restaurant, Drive Lambo, University Place Refuse, Pierce County, and Goldmine Coins & Relics. There are more opportunities to sponsor and plenty of room on the ramp so if you’re interested call Doug Fratoni at 253-405-9604 or e-mail sabrejetsllc@gmail.comRead on...

Posted on: May 22, 2015

Celebrate Tacoma Narrows Airport’s new observation area June 3

Aviation enthusiasts will have a new place to take in the sights and sounds of an active regional airport, thanks to Tacoma Narrows Airport’s new observation area.

A ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the new area, which will be known as the Rotary Aviation Zone, will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. June 3 at the airport, 1202 26th Ave. NW in Gig Harbor.

The zone features an ADA-accessible observation tower with a front-row view of the runway, a viewing shelter and tables. Future plans include adding educational displays about aviation and the airport, additional lighting, and potentially a small mounted airplane.

“People of all ages and abilities can visit this new area to watch planes fly in and out and learn more about aviation,” said Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy. “Tacoma Narrows Airport has so much to offer pilots, businesses and visitors, and this new amenity should inspire even more interest in aviation in Pierce County.”

The zone is a joint effort between The Rotary Club of Gig Harbor, The Friends of Tacoma Narrows Airport, and Pierce County. Funding was provided by all three organizations, while the concept and volunteer work to build the zone was handled by The Rotary Club of Gig Harbor and The Friends of Tacoma Narrows Airport.

“We love to build projects like this,” said Dick Vanberg, The Rotary Club of Gig Harbor president. “The community will use it. It involves the different skills of several members. We like to work together as it builds our friendships. And our Rotary name will be seen by so many people.”

The Rotary Club of Gig Harbor contributed approximately $25,000 toward the structures, while The Friends of Tacoma Narrows Airport contributed nearly $5,000 to the site. Pierce County contributed approximately $18,000 to pay for materials.

"I've lived near the airport for almost 25 years and loved coming over to watch planes with my kids and now grandkids,” said Roger Gruener, The Friends of Tacoma Narrows Airport vice president. “After I became a community member (not a pilot) of the Tacoma Narrows Airport Advisory Commission, I felt we needed a better area to make that viewing easier. So I started The Friends group with our first goal of building this type of structure. I'm so thankful to The Rotary Club of Gig Harbor for funding most of it, because otherwise, it would still a dream. I value this airport as a very important asset in our community.”

The observation tower and viewing shelter were designed by Jim Castino, principal at Castino Architecture, while Oliver Magnuson and Randy Barcalow served as construction managers. Brett Marlo DeSantis of Brett Marlo Designs served as the site designer.

The roofs of the observation tower and shelter were provided by Spencer Aircraft, Wayne’s Roofing, and Scott & From Co. Inc. Tacoma Narrows Aviation provided the fencing around the site.

About the ceremony
Speakers at the event include Executive McCarthy, County Councilmember Derek Young (District 7), Vanberg, Gruener, and Deb Wallace, Pierce County Public Works and Utilities’ airport and ferry administrator. Attendees should park in the airport parking lot near the control tower. The zone is located next to tower.

About Tacoma Narrows Airport
Tacoma Narrows Airport is a regional airport that is used for small business jet travel and general aviation. The airport serves businesses, recreational flying, flight instruction, medical services, the media, the military, and law enforcement. There are approximately 62,400 operations at the airport each year.

Pierce County also owns Pierce County Airport-Thun Field in Puyallup.

Deb Wallace, Public Works and Utilities airport and ferry administrator
(253) 798-7109 desk
(360) 909-8198 cell

Anne Radford, Public Works and Utilities public information officer
(253) 798-2464
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Posted on: September 11, 2014

Recommendation to expand runway protection zone removed from airport master plan update

Tacoma Narrows Airport

Pierce County Public Works and Utilities staff leading the development of Tacoma Narrows Airport’s master plan update will not recommend an expansion of the runway protection zone at the airport.

The expansion of the zone, which would be required if th...

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Posted on: June 2, 2014

Preferred development alternative for Tacoma Narrows Airport to be presented June 11

Pierce County residents are invited to learn about the preferred development alternative for Tacoma Narrows Airport at an open house June 11 in Gig Harbor.

This is the fifth public meeting that has been held as part of an extensive airport master plan...

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