Flight Blog

Feb 19 2020 Statement on the Passing of Dr. Robert Spence BY sgf-adminTAGS


The Springfield airport community extends condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Robert Spence.

He served on the airport’s governing board twice: first from 2005 to 2010, then from 2017, until his passing.

Our airport owes him much. His servant leadership helped the airport meet some of its biggest challenges, including the construction of the midfield passenger terminal during the Great Recession.

The airport broke ground for the $117 million terminal during Dr. Spence’s first board term. During construction he served as chairman of the board’s technical committee, then as chairman of the board.

Building projects always require changes to plans and spending during construction. The job of the technical committee was to oversee the changes — a tough job during the best of times, but especially so during a recession. With economic anxiety and uncertainty hanging in the air, Dr. Spence kept a level head.

His presence often calmed frayed nerves; his clarity of thought could silence the loudest room. He was kind, honest, and thoughtful. Yet, when appropriate, he could speak forcefully to an architect or contractor about complex construction issues, while still maintaining civility and respect.

Whether from a pulpit, a governing board, or the highest university office, he gave all of us his wisdom, decency, and friendship. He served us honorably, without fanfare or vanity. In doing so, he became part of the mortar which binds our community together.

2006: Dr. Robert Spence, first person on the right, at the ground breaking ceremony for the airport's midfield terminal.


Feb 10 2020 Don’t Lose It! BY sgf-adminTAGS



With everything to keep track of while traveling, like luggage, tickets and possibly companions, it’s easy to lose something at a security checkpoint. According to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the following items are the most commonly misplaced at security checkpoints:


1. Eyeglasses. Prescription, reading, sunglass – you name it, they’re all at the top of the list. To avoid this, keep non-essential glasses in a carrying case in your carry-on. 

2. Phone. One of the most important parts of your life is also one of the most apt to be left behind! Be sure to check for it before leaving the checkpoint.

3. Belts. Rather than placing a belt directly on the conveyor belt, try wrapping it in a circle and placing it in the same bowl with your phone, keys, etc. 

4. Speaking of which, keys are also likely to be missed. You can place them in your carry-on bag for scanning (same thing with your wallet). 

5. Jewelry. Your safest bet is to pack jewelry in a carry-on bag, then remove it once past security. 

6. Outerwear. If possible, consider packing your coat into checked luggage and removing it at the destination baggage claim. 

7. Laptops. Be sure to have a business or identification card attached to your computer and if your computer bag feels light, stop and check for your laptop before leaving the area. 


The experts at the Springfield Airport say the best way to avoid losing items is to build extra time into your schedule. The primary reason these items are forgotten is because people are rushing to catch a flight. No need to rush! Arrive three hours early, take your time getting through security, then relax and kick back in the gate area, where you’ll find plenty of charging stations, workstations, and free Wi-Fi!



Jan 27 2020 Travel Guide: Atlanta Adventures BY sgf-adminTAGS



There’s a lot to do when visiting Atlanta, one of 12 non-stop destinations from the Springfield-Branson Airport. Architecture, entertainment and food are abundant downtown. But, if you’re looking for something out of the ordinary, consider these ideas:


Cascade Springs Nature Preserve. Just seven miles from downtown, this two-mile hike includes beautiful springs and moss-covered trees. The perfect balance to the hustle and bustle of downtown. 


Experience thought-provoking street art thanks to Living Walls Atlanta. In an effort to create healthy and sustainable urban spaces, the organization facilitates creation of more than 100 public murals in the area. Find a map of all locations on the Living Walls website. 


Ever dreamt of being an extra for a movie? Atlanta may be your chance. The city offers generous incentives to the movie industry and there’s often filming going on somewhere in the city. The Georgia Department of Economic Development provides a list of casting companies looking for extras in the area. 


Whether it’s business or pleasure, the Springfield-Branson Airport is your connection to the world of travel!