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Extended 6,500 ft. runway finished, operational

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LANCASTER, TX – Arb Rylant, airport manager for the City of Lancaster has announced the newly extended 6,500 ft. runway is finished and opened for business at the Lancaster Regional Airport – LNC.

The extended runway is part of the 2006 LNC Master Plan, while the newly revised Master Plan is under technical revue at TxDOT Aviation and the FAA Airports Regional office.

A formal Ribbon Cutting ceremony for the new runway will be in mid-August.

In other LNC news, Arb Rylant who is set to retire announced to his Lancaster Aviation Advisory Board;

Dear AAB member:

I want each of you to know as early as possible that we have selected and made an offer to my replacement.   He accepted yesterday!

Mark Divita currently works for Rockwell Collins on military contracts.  He lives in Dallas and is moving closer to LNC. He is a former USMC officer and aviator with ground combat service in Iraq.   Mark left USMC after 10 years as a Captain.  He owns and flies a PITTS and is building an RV….currently hangared at Grand Prairie….moving to LNC.  He is a Texas A & M graduate, Corps of Cadets, with a civil engineering degree, and comes with a passion for aviation and to learn the airport management field – with all the basics to excel.

Mark will report to LNC as early as middle of August.  I hope to get him to the August AAB meeting.  My last day as a Lancaster employee should be September 30.  I may stay on in a contract/advisory capacity after that for only awhile.  I intend to stay hangared here.

As I checked all of his references, one notable one stood out that made a strong impression upon me….the NCOIC who served under Mark in Iraq, and is now a police officer in Fort Worth, provided the best compliments to him as “the best OIC ever” and “an inspirational leader who takes care of his troops”.   

He is also described as meticulous, well organized and highly intelligent.   He has studied the new airport master plan cover to cover and made himself aware of many of our operational, maintenance and programming challenges already.  He attended some of the master planning sessions as he gained information.  Mark will be out routinely before he starts as we talk about a transition process. I see only exciting and a positive thing happening here with the new team…and that gives me great satisfaction and joy..

Arboth A. (Arb) Rylant, C.M.

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