The future is looking good for Aurora, Oregon’s potential growth and jobs.
The Oregon Department of Aviation recently recommended moving forward with the extension of the Aurora State Airport’s runway. While more work remains, the flight path for this local economic boost seems clear. Read more here!
County records confirm a property sale earlier this year of venerable and valuable Aurora, Oregon acreage. Formerly owned by local charity Beyond the Reef Theological Center, the property is located just east of the Aurora State Airport at 22515 Airport Road NE, Aurora, Oregon.
A public records search indicates the sale involved two adjacent lots of 11.42 acres and 5.12 acres, closing in May, 2015. The selling price was $2,150,000 with the purchaser named as TLM Holdings, LLC. Ted Millar is named as a manager. Public records also indicate Ted Millar is involved with locally owned Southend Air Park and Westwood Development.
State corporation documents show the earliest registry date for the organization named Beyond the Reef Theological Center as February, 1977. Since that date, their Aurora location was used as a meeting place for the faith-based organization, which included housing and a worship center, Missionary Memorial Church.
With completion scheduled for Spring, 2015, construction continues on the Aurora, Oregon State Airport control tower.
Airport safety supporters deem the upgrade vital, since the Aurora State Airport is considered the third busiest in Oregon.
The new Aurora control tower will provide air traffic controllers with greatly improved views of take offs, taxiing and landings. In addition to enhanced safety, the new control tower could provide a financial boost to greater Aurora, Oregon with what some suggest could pave the way for more economic growth.
The Aurora, Oregon State Airport control tower will be 70 feet high with a workspace of approximately 5,600 square feet. Centrex Construction of Tigard is the general contractor.
Construction of Aurora State Airport’s air traffic control tower continues, as workers perform exterior work in beautiful weather.
Aurora has Oregon’s fourth busiest airport. Construction of the Aurora State Airport control tower is estimated at 3.3 million dollars, with completion expected around January, 2015.
Interesting History The airport was built by the United States Army Air Forces in 1943 when it was known as the ‘Aurora Flight Strip.’ It was an outlying supporting airfield to Portland’s Army Air Base for military aircraft on training flights. The future Aurora Airport was then closed after World War II, and turned over for state government use by the War Assets Administration (WAA).
Tower Background The new Aurora State Airport tower has been on and off the facility’s master plan since 1978. Given the airport’s mixed traffic use of corporate jets, air-ambulance, recreation flyers, plus fixed wing and helicopter training operations, combined with a no radar service below 2,500 feet, aviation professionals consider the new tower critical to air safety.
The Oregon Department of Aviation arranged funding for the tower with state lottery dollars, along with FAA and other state funds.
Columbia Helicopters based in Aurora, Oregon recently acquired five former army helicopters through a General Services Administration auction. As each craft enters the Columbia Helicopters maintenance facility, technician teams will conduct extensive inspections, including airframes, systems and components to make them airworthy.
As former military aircraft, the helicopters will be operated under restricted Federal Aviation Administration guidelines. This means they will not be used for passenger transport, but for support tasks like aerial firefighting, construction, and functions related to the oil and gas industry. No specific projects have been announced for the recently acquired helicopters, including use for timber transport.
Founded in 1957, Columbia Helicopters is one of Aurora, Oregon’s largest employers. Columbia Helicopters have been featured in Hollywood movies, including Under Siege, Demolition Man, King Kong Lives, Starman and Runaway Train.