Frederick Municipal Airport has a new manager. Christopher Lawler of Frederick has been hired to fill the position, replacing Kevin Daugherty, who left in August to manage the Tampa Bay Regional Airport in Hernando County, Florida.
"My primary focus will be on ensuring top safety, service and economic growth at the airport in conjunction with our partners at the Federal Aviation Administration and the Maryland Aviation Administration," says Lawler, in a statement.
Lawler is a professional pilot, who was recently employed by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, which has its headquarters at Frederick Municipal Airport, according to a news release from the city. He holds a BS degree in Professional Aeronautics, and an MBA in Aviation. Both were awarded to him from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, which has administrative offices in Daytona Beach, Florida.
"Frederick Municipal Airport is the primary general aviation reliever airport for Baltimore-Washington International, and we've got over 110,000 annual aircraft operations there. So it's a very busy airport and it's an important job," says Richard Griffin, the Director of Economic Development, which oversees the airport staff.
He says Lawler will be taking over the airport during a time of challenge. There plans in the works to extend the runway to 6,000 feet. "We have to remove some existing buildings; we need to grade the area; and we need to eventually get that runway out to 6,000 feet in order to be able to accommodate a full number of corporate jets and their passengers and their fuel and their gear," says Griffin.
Along with that, Griffin says, the city plans to build more hangars at the airport to corporate and private aircraft, when funding permits. "We now have about 300 companies a year using that airport and its services," he says. "We'd like to position Frederick Airport as the preferred executive reliever airport for the Washington DC area."