West Michigan Airport Authority Board and rep from Ottawa County (back row, far left)

The West Michigan Regional Airport has been selected by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Office of Aeronautics as the 2016 Michigan “Airport Sponsor of the Year” in the General Aviation Airport category. This award was recently presented at the 26th annual Michigan Airport Conference in East Lansing. Photo above: MDOT rep (left), Russ Sylte, Board Chair (middle) and Tim Klunder, former Board Chair (right).

This award was presented to recognize sustained excellence in service to the aviation community through the development of numerous airport improvement and infrastructure preservation projects. In particular, the West Michigan Airport Authority was selected in recognition of the outstanding local efforts involved in the recent completion of the new state-of-the-art Airport Business Center and Aircraft Apron projects.

“The West Michigan Airport Authority is extremely honored to receive this award from MDOT which recognizes excellence in the development of our airport for the economic benefit of West Michigan,” said Russ Sylte, Airport Authority Board Chairperson. “This project is a great example of our community, private and public, working together with the state and federal governments to make this possible.”

The Airport Sponsor of the Year Award was established by MDOT to honor innovative developments that serve as models for airports around the state. “West Michigan Regional Airport secured the award for the creation of cutting-edge innovation to improve the value of their airport to the community,” said Mike Trout, Director of the MDOT Office of Aeronautics.