More activity and bigger planes headed for Copiah County Airport

Ongoing efforts to improve the Copiah County Airport at Gallman are beginning to pay off. The Pilatus PC 12 (pictured above) is the first corporate turboprop aircraft to land at the airport, and manager Brent Duncan hopes it is the beginning of more business landings at the facility. The runway has been extended from 3,000 to 4,007 feet to accommodate larger aircraft. A grant is currently being pursued by Copiah County to install facilities for jet fuel, creating another draw for larger planes and crop dusters operating in the area. The lobby of the airport has also been renovated. It offers waiting areas and shower facilities. The plane that landed Monday was here for an inspection of its ceramic coating by Lee Fox, of Fox Detail Service of Winter Garden, Fla., the company that installed the coating. Fox said the arrival of larger aircraft will improve awareness of the airport and with increased awareness will come more traffic. He said this particular plane will return every year for its annual inspection. Duncan said there are plans to extend the old runway at the airport into a full taxiway for planes flying in and out. That upgrade is set for 2022.