Airport Director Named Aviation Council President

October 20, 2017

PITTSTON TWP. — Carl Beardsley, director of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport, was named president of the Aviation Council of Pennsylvania.

The nonprofit trade association represents Pennsylvania’s airports, fixed-base operators, flight schools, business aircraft operators, manufacturers and suppliers, air charter operators and other aviation organizations.

The board of directors of the Aviation Council of Pennsylvania announced the appointment saying Beardsley, a veteran aviation leader, will strengthen the voice for Pennsylvania’s $23.8 billion industry.

“I’m really excited about it. I think it’s going to be great not only to be a part of the association, but it’s also going to be great for AVP and my involvement in Harrisburg,” Beardsley said at an airport board meeting Thursday. “There are so many incredible people who are involved in the association from airports across Pennsylvania and it’s just a wonderful honor for me to be able to interact with them and be president.”

Beardsley also announced the Aviation Council will hold its three-day conference next September at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport.

“About 150 to 200 people will come into the community and stay at the hotels,” he said.

Beardsley holds a bachelor of science degree in aviation management from Daniel Webster College in New Hampshire and is a licensed pilot.

He previously served as commissioner of aviation for the Greater Binghamton Airport before serving as executive director of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport, the fifth largest airport in Pennsylvania measured by passenger boarding.

At Thursday’s meeting, Beardsley reported the number of passengers boarding planes at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport in September was the second highest on record.

The number of passengers increased 12.3 percent to 20,526 from 18,276 in September 2016.

“We continue to see very, very strong growth,” Beardsley said. “More than 20,000 passengers went through AVP to get to the destinations they need to go to. That’s very notable because it’s for September and September is a historically very slow month not only for this airport but airports across the country. To have a solid month like we had in September is extremely positive.”

In other business, Beardsley and the board honored airport employee Bobby Zielinski for 30 years of service.

Chris Purcell of Back Mountain Regional Fire and EMS, who attended the meeting, was honored for the company’s donation of equipment, which could be used if there ever was an airplane crash or a fire at the airport. The equipment included backboards and other medical supplies.

Purcell said Back Mountain Regional Fire and EMS was fortunate to acquire the equipment and it was more than his company could use in the area they serve, so officials decided to donate it to the airport.

“The very generous donation made will help strengthen our aircraft rescue and firefighting team here at the airport,” Beardsley said.

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