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The Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport, and two others statewide, will get more than $12 million in federal grants to pay for improvements.

The U.S. Transportation Department announced the FAA will award almost a billion dollars in airport infrastructure grants. Airport Director Matthew Leitner says many projects will get funding...

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A recent economic impact report finds the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport has a $35 million annual impact on the Northwoods economy.

Airport Director Matthew Leitner describes the study...

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An extra option is available beginning today at the Rhinelander Oneida County Airport.

Airport Director Matthew Leitner details the third daily flight, mid-day, from Delta Airlines...

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The practice is designed so responders are ready in case of the unthinkable.

The Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport was staged Thursday morning to train responders should a crash happen with an airplane.

A simulator, complete with manikins and sound effects, erupts in flames and local crew members and responders from local fire departments and EMS arrive on the scene.

Airport Director Matthew Leitner discusses why the simulation is necessary...

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The Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport has picked up money to help engineer its on-going renovations.

The state Department of Transportation announced $135,000 has been awarded. Airport Dirctor Matthew Leitner details what they received..

"...Some great news from the state. Our engineering grant for the redesign of our secure area, along with our vacuum and foreign object debris vehicle was approved at the state level. We anticipate bids for both of those will be going out in June...."

Leitner says the money will help with the renovations...

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Even more flights are becoming available for passengers at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport, nearly filling out the entire summer with three flights a day.

Airport Director Matthew Leitner says Delta has given the green light for a longer period of summer flights...

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2018 saw a big jump in the number of people flying out of the Rhinelander-Oneida County Aiport with an accompanying increase in revenue.

Airport Director Matthew Leitner says last year was the best year since the Great Recession ended...

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Demand has convinced the air carrier at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport to add on flights this summer. Airport Director Matthew Leitner, says next summer, there will be more flights available.. 

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Though the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport isn't O'Hare in Chicago or Heartsfield in Atlanta, an official says it still is busy this week and you can help speed passage to your flight.

Matthew Leitner is Airport Director in Rhinelander. He says get there in plenty of time.. 

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Air travelers to the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport will continue to fly to Minneapolis-St. Paul via SkyWest Airlines.

Airport Director Matthew Leitner says the federal government cleared the air by making some decisions...

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There's a signed picture of Vince Lombardi. Jim Taylor's jersey is there signed by Packers greats, including Brett Favre. A signed picture of Reggie White. There's even a Super Bowl ring. That and more is permanently on display at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport.

Sports  collectors Bill and Pat Spars wanted to donate a portion of their collection to the Rhinelander airport and made the offer that was accepted by the city and the airport commission. After a remodeling, the display was unveiled Thursday.

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The Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport terminal has been renamed for Robert Heck, who modernize the airport to where it is today. But joining Heck for nearly three decades has been Joe Brauer, who is retiring this month as Airport Manager.

Ken Krall chatted with Brauer about the airport and it's future in Rhinelander...

Ken Krall with Joe Brauer.

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A man who spent 43 years leading the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport has retired from the Commission and has been honored by the Rhinelander City Council.

Robert Heck was the leader of the cause for the Rhinelander airport. He spoke at Monday's council meeting in announcing his retirement as Chairman of the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport Commission.

He says the Commission and airport leaders have had an impact...

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There appears to be fewer problems involving air quality in the basement offices at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport.

Air quality became an issue a few years back when UW-Extension staff reported they were made uncomfortable by the exhaust from airplanes arriving and going at the airport. The diesel exhaust from the jets was getting sucked into the ventilation system. In March, work was completed on an upgraded ventilation system that was said to cut the amount of fumes in the basement offices.

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Another of the proposed cutbacks called for by President Trump is for what's called Essential Air Service at certain airports. That program was penciled in for elimination.

The Essential Air Service program was put into place to guarantee small communities that were served before airline deregulation maintain a minimal level of scheduled air service. The federal Department of Transportation is mandated to provide eligible communities with access to the national system.

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