BY LEANN DILBECK –
Mena Airport Manager Will Robbins has resigned to accept another position in Louisiana. Robbins is a tenured pilot and flying has always remained his passion. “My wife, Laura, and I are moving to the New Orleans area where she will take a job with the USDA and I will be flying a SAAB 340 for Corporate Flight Management.”
Mena Airport Commission Chair Phillip Wilson said the Commission was saddened to accept Will’s resignation. “However, we know that this move is in his best interest and all the Commissioners are happy for him. Under Will’s leadership, the airport now has a stability and vision for its future that it once did not have. Will was able to work closely with airport owner operators and the Commission. His ability to work both sides of the aisle was critical in forming trustworthy relationships and partnerships. Will is leaving the airport in great shape.”
Robbins said it was a difficult decision because of his love for the area and the local airport. “I have enjoyed working with an excellent Airport Commission and helpful airport businesses. I feel we have made great progress in the last 3 years and that the airport is moving in the right
direction for a bright future. I appreciate this Airport Commission’s attitude and willingness to do all they could to make the airport grow and help our community.”
The Commission will meet on February 8 for its regularly scheduled monthly meeting to begin the search for a new airport manager.