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Josh Zylks hired as airport manager for Cantrell Field

Posted: May 21, 2014 - 7:11pm

Conway Mayor Tab Townsell has announced the hiring of Josh Zylks as manager of Conway’s new airport, Cantrell Field. Zylks will come on board in early June in anticipation of the opening of the airport in mid-August. He is currently airport manager at South Arkansas Regional Airport in El Dorado, following an internship at Monroe Regional Airport in Monroe, La.

Zylks said he was interested in applying for the Cantrell Field airport manager position because opening a new airport is a rare opportunity in the aviation industry.

“In general aviation there aren’t many opportunities to build a brand new airport,” Zylks said. “The team that the city has in place has a good vision to make the airport the premier aviation destination of Central Arkansas, and I’m excited to come on board and make that vision a reality.”

Zylks has a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management from Louisiana Tech University, and a Masters of Business Administration from Louisiana Tech. Zylks is a native of El Dorado, and was valedictorian of his graduating class. He was an Eagle Scout with Boy Scouts of America, and is a member of the Aviation Management Society, and the National Aviation Honor Society, Eta Mu Sigma.

Zylks said he is most looking forward to “opening a brand new facility that I think our customers will be pleased with and providing service that they will look forward coming back to.”

As in El Dorado, Zylks will be responsible for all aspects of airport management, including compliance with all Federal and State regulations. He will manage city owned FBO operations, lineman duties, tenant relations and leases, finance and budget, airport maintenance and fueling operations. Additional responsibilities will include working with the Federal Aviation Administration and the Arkansas Department of Aeronautics as well as marketing and public relations associated with the airport.

The South Arkansas Regional Airport in El Dorado offered scheduled commercial airline service via SeaPort Airlines in addition to general aviation and corporate flight departments.

“With a sole focus on general aviation [at Cantrell Field],” Zylks said, “we’ll have more opportunities to serve customers on an individual basis.”

Like all things new, Zylks said, everything will be a challenge, but the biggest challenge will be completing the transition from the old airport to the new airport.

“Some of the challenges will be similar, but the biggest challenge will be getting all of the pieces of the new facility completed and open on time,” he said. “I’m looking forward to getting our name out there and showing people what we have to offer as seamlessly as we can.”

Zylks was selected from sixty-six applicants for the manager’s position. The Conway Airport Advisory Committee chose ten finalists for telephone interviews. Zylks was among the top finalists and was interviewed by Mayor Townsell. He was offered the position on May 15 and accepted shortly thereafter.

The new Cantrell Field is scheduled to be completed in mid-August, and will feature a 100 foot wide 5,500 foot runway with full length taxiway. A 6,300 square foot terminal building is currently under construction, and work on T-hangars, community hangars and corporate hangars will begin soon. The airport will be protected by a state of the art security and gating system. (Staff writer Michelle Corbet can be reached by email at michelle.corbet@thecabin.net or by phone at 505-1215. Send us your news at www.thecabin.net/submit)

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Elmer Fudd
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Elmer Fudd 05/23/14 - 12:20 pm
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Rumor

has it some of the private hangar owners to be are upset at the thought they can not store what they wish in the facilities they build and own. If they should decide not to locate at the new airport and opt for another location what would that do for the viability of the Conway location one would wonder?

Igor Rabinowitz
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Igor Rabinowitz 05/23/14 - 01:15 pm
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^ Not much

If they go somewhere else, they go. One nice thing about the airport biz is if someone doesn't want (the space) somebody else will be along in a minute.

This happens when airports get bigger, more corporate: People who were used to looser rules get offended, but so it goes.

Elmer Fudd
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Elmer Fudd 05/23/14 - 02:31 pm
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Igor

how do you like living in a dream world. How many corporate planes based elsewhere would move into Conway and spend that kind of money? They would have to come from elsewhere as I know of few here now. If you do get on the stick and get them to move in. Good luck.

Igor Rabinowitz
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Igor Rabinowitz 05/23/14 - 02:50 pm
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Internets

Report rumor > end with a question

Response, does not agree with implied conclusion

ATTACK ATTACK ATTACK - LAUNCH THE AD HOMINEM!

Elmer Fudd
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Elmer Fudd 05/23/14 - 03:11 pm
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Your so

obvious. Stir up crap is all you want to do. I put out what I heard from a reliable source so as to get some thinking going and what I get is some High School drama. Grow up.

Igor Rabinowitz
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Igor Rabinowitz 05/23/14 - 03:26 pm
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Rinse, repeat

AD HOMINEM! FLY MY LITTLE MONKEYS! FLY FREE! ATTACK WITH YOUR MONKEY AD HOMINEM!

IF YOU GET TIRED YOU CAN RENT A HANGAR AT THE AIRPORT!

Elmer Fudd
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Elmer Fudd 05/23/14 - 07:27 pm
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Drugs

are bad for you

Igor Rabinowitz
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Igor Rabinowitz 05/23/14 - 09:34 pm
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Rinse, repeat

WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS, CONTINUE TO ATTACK THE PERSON YOU DON'T AGREE WITH. THEN IT'S NOT THEIR POINT, BUT THEM. THE IDEA IS THEY ARE BAD, THEREFORE WHAT THEY SAY IS BAD.

BECAUSE IDEAS ARE PEOPLE! LIKE SOYLENT GREEN!

HERE YOU CAN IMPLY A FAILING, BECAUSE NEVER, EVER, REFER TO THE POINT MADE, THAT WOULD REQUIRE THINKING, AND THINKING HAS WORD THINGS. BETTER TO JUST ATTACK THE PERSON.

INTERNETS! LOL!

ucantbserious
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ucantbserious 05/23/14 - 10:03 pm
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Teehee

I love you both.

BTW, I heard a rumor that the runway is going to have a rounabout at every intersection.

Elmer Fudd
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Elmer Fudd 05/24/14 - 10:49 am
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With

a 135k tree and 35k fountain in each.

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