ITD pilots spend Tuesday connecting dots, passengers
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The King Air provides a first-class flying experience on a budget. The aircraft is perfect for travel in and out of state – its speed makes for efficient travel time, and its size allows you to fly into cities or remote airports where larger planes cannot land. The comfortable pressurized cabin accommodates up to 10 passengers, with seating arrangements that can be adjusted for in-flight meetings or individual workstations.
King Air features
• Seating for up to 10 passengers
• Conduct business in flight
• Comfortable, pressurized cabin
• Space for 400 lbs. of cargo
King Air advantages
• Maximum scheduling flexibility
• A smart buy for group travel – significant time and cost savings over car travel (saves on hotel, meal and mileage expenses)
• Save time – bypass check-in lines and airport checkpoints
• Access to more than 40 airports around Idaho
• Ability to work in flight
• Free, secured parking
Six cities, 13 takeoffs and landings, 1,911 miles, 19 passengers and five pilots.
ITD’s Division of Aeronautics spent Tuesday connecting the dots – and passengers with their destinations – in perhaps one of the busiest days ever for the state’s twin-engine turboprop King Air. Between its initial 7:42 a.m. departure and its final arrival in Boise at 10:36 p.m. the plane and pilots touched down in Coeur d’Alene, McCall, Lewiston, Spokane and Pullman, Wash.
Passengers almost could see themselves coming while going.
“We used up five pilots and tons of gas, but managed to get everyone where they wanted to go, on time,” said JV DeThomas, administrator of the Aeronautics Division.
He and fellow pilots Gene Bannister, Frank Lester, Mike Pape and Mike Haplin provided air service for a diverse clientele. The group included Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and his Chief of Staff Jason Kreizenbeck and transportation board members Darrell Manning, Bruce Sweeney and Jim Coleman. ITD administrators Scott Stokes, Tom Cole and Randy Kyrias also took advantage of service to northern Idaho and Washington.
The Division of Aeronautics encourages state employees to use its planes to reach destinations not served by commercial flights or at times when commercial flights are not available.
Anyone interested in booking one of the planes for state business or checking on the flight schedule and available seats, can go to the Aeronautics Division’s online program at: http://itd.idaho.gov/aero/flight_ops/Schedule.htm or contact flight scheduler Tammy Schoen at 334-8776.
Follow the trail:
Boise (7:42 a.m.) to Coeur d’Alene
Coeur d’Alene to McCall
McCall to Boise
Boise to Lewiston
Lewiston to Spokane
Spokane to McCall
McCall to Boise
Boise to Pullman, Wash.
Pullman to Spokane, Wash.
Spokane to Lewiston
Lewiston to Boise
Boise to Pullman
Pullman to Boise (10:36 p.m.)