Some of you may remember that old Frank Sinatra hit, “Fly me to the moon and let me dance among the stars...let me see what Spring is like on Jupiter or Mars.” Manned space travel was only a fantasy when Frank crooned that tune in the late 50's, but who then would have dreamed that today you can fly to anywhere in the world from Lake Anna and from our very own airport.
The new owner of the Lake Anna Airport, Hank Rempe, has authored a master business plan for Mile High Charters, LLC, home based at Lake Anna Airport, that will make his dream for us who live and work at Lake Anna a reality. His master plan calls for more hangers, an aviation fueling station and a passenger terminal.
Implicit in Hank's plan is a vision for Lake Anna as a major resort, residential, recreation and business destination, requiring a stand up, first class general aviation facility. Aspen has her slopes and celebrities. We have a beautiful lake, our own celebrities and...Bumpass.
My recent interview with Hank was embarrassing. I discovered there is so much more going on at the Lake Anna Airport than I ever imagined. Hank described as routine operations, daily flights in and out, military ops, spooky government ops, and general aviation capabilities I never imagined existed at our “sleepy” little airport. Sleepy it is not.
Hank was also very gracious not to be offended by my ignorance of the reality of a growing aviation enterprise.
For example, in my last column about the airport, I cited “7W4” as the official alpha-numeric designation of the Lake Anna Airport, when in fact the designation has been upgraded to “K7W4.” The “K” is a big deal, at least to me, in that it identifies our airport as an Automated Weather Observation Station or AWOS. That means that pilots flying in the area know by the “K” that they can acquire current and precise weather conditions at the Lake Anna Airport.
I also learned that our airport has lights on the runway for night landings. Not only that, but because the lights don't remain on all night, an approaching pilot only has to press his radio transmission button 5 times and the lights come on. Now that's just cool. I mean really cool. Makes me proud.
Next month I want to introduce you to Hank Rempe, owner of the Lake Anna Airport. Hank is an incredibly interesting guy with an amazing career in commercial and general aviation. Hank is currently the Manager of the Hanover County Municipal Airport and has an extensive background in aviation management, operations, maintenance, manufacturing and piloting and he's looking for property at Lake Anna. Hank's story as an aviation expert is compelling...I know it will capture your interest.