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Up, Up & Away!

by John Vogt - October 28, 2014

There is so much to do here in Tioga County, with wonderful places to stay and dine. You can visit the Dean Center for the Performing Arts, catch a train ride with Tioga Central Railroad and experience Pennsylvania’s most scenic railroad excursion, enjoy the Endless Mountain Music Festival, delight in autumn foliage, hunt, fish, star gaze, watch our famous Laurel Festival Parade, catch a play performed by Hamilton Gibson, have a blast at Dickens of a Christmas, go rafting, delight in the Wine and Art Tour, spectate in the forest at the Susquehanna Trail Performance Rally, hike, fish, play at the Tioga County Fair, go horseback riding at Tioga Trail Rides, snowboard at Ski Sawmill Family Resort and so much more. But did you know that we also have an amazing airport and that you can learn to fly here?

Today on Wellsboro Home Page, correspondent Victoria Pearson takes her first flying lesson with Wellsboro Johnston Airport Manager Craig Musser. The Wellsboro-Johnston Airport is located 6 miles southwest of downtown Wellsboro. It is available for use by business and private aircraft. Formerly a state-run airport, the Wellsboro-Johnston Airport was purchased by the Grand Canyon Airport Authority and is now managed by Craig A. Musser.

The airport is located in the heart of the Marcellus Shale region and provides a gateway to the private business traveler who needs easy access to the area without the additional hour-long drive from the Elmira or Williamsport airports.

There are big plans for airport expansion and continued improvements coming to the Wellsboro-Johnston Airport in the near future. Recently the airpot introduced the A.W.O.S system or (Automated Weather Observation System.) The A.W.O.S gives the airport accurate weather data helping aircrafts on approach. Before the system was installed, aircraft were dependent on weather from Elmira and Williamsport. This is helpful, seeing that our weather in Tioga county may be different. This allows instrument pilots to descend to a lower altitude and land more easily. Another benefit of this technology is the information it provides medical life flights. Pilots can analyze the data provided by the observation system, enabling better landings. The Wellsboro-Johnston airport is constantly enhancing their ability to serve our community with the latest technology.

The Wellsboro-Johnston airport is a fantastic place to learn how to fly. For more information on the cost and requirements of taking flying lessons, please call Craig Musser at (570) 419-0517.

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