The airport at Sewanee has a new hangar. The William K Kershner Hangar was dedicated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, at Sewanee-Franklin County Airport. The new T-hangar will provide space for 10 aircraft, expanding the airport’s capacity by two-thirds to 25 aircraft.
William K Kershner was an avid pilot, experienced flight instructor, and prolific author on flight and flight safety whose books sold over a million copies. A former Navy jet fighter pilot, Kershner came to Sewanee in 1964, four years after the successful publication of his influential The Student Pilot’s Flight Manual. For many years he flew charter flights, instructed, and operated an aerobatic and advanced instruction school, Ace Aerobatic School, while continuing to publish. Kershner logged more than 11,000 air hours before his death in 2007. The public is invited to the dedication of the hangar named for Kershner.
Sewanee-Franklin County Airport supports more than 3,000 flight operations annually. With a 3,700-foot runway capable of handling aircraft from ultralights to small personal jets, the airport's Jackson-Myers Field is a center for instruction and charter flights as well as a destination for private flights.