It's been called Grant County's onramp – a state-of-the-art aviation facility high on the mesa above the City of John Day.

The joint-use Grant County Regional Airport and U.S. Forest Service airbase was completed in 2010. It was designed not only for energy-efficiency, but also to complement the colors and textures of the natural environment. A third-story observation deck allows visitors to enjoy expansive views of the surrounding mountains while watching air traffic come and go.

Conference rooms, with the latest technology, have proven popular spots for local, state and federal agencies to hold meetings. Private parties, receptions and special events also may be scheduled there, with kitchen facilities at the ready for catering needs.

The airport serves both local pilots and visiting travelers, offering Jet A and Avgas refueling, private hangars and other amenities

including a convenient courtesy car. A pilot lounge offers a cozy respite for visitors taking a break on longer flights.

In recent years, the airport has expanded its two runways, and a GPS instrument approach system and automated weather system (AWOS) offer pilots safe and convenient access.

Activity at the airport goes into high gear in the summer, as the Forest Service uses its base to train helitack firefighters and manage firefighting operations.

The airport is adjacent to the John Day Industrial Park, designated as an enterprise zone, with incentives for business development that creates jobs. The park is home to nationally noted archery supply business Winner’s Choice and to Mark Moulton Construction and Cabinets.

Industrial Park information: Sally Bartlett, Grant County Economic Development, 541-575-1555; Peggy Gray, John Day city manager, 541-575-0028. Airport information: Patick Bentz, airport manager, 541-575-1151, or airport@grantcounty-or.gov

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