'Tri-Cities Executive Terminal' is unveiled at Dinwiddie Airport

An overview of Dinwiddie Airport
An overview of Dinwiddie Airport

DINWIDDIE — The terminal at Dinwiddie Airport has gotten a new name.

Last month, the Dinwiddie Airport and Industrial Authority voted to rebrand the airport's fixed-base operator [FBO] as "Tri-Cities Executive Terminal." The airport's website said the change was made to reflect the regional audience that the facility, which has roots as far back as World War II, now serves.

"The primary purpose for the name change is to let our surrounding neighbors know that we do not just serve Dinwiddie," the authority wrote on its website and Facebook page. "Our service area includes Petersburg, Hopewell, and Colonial Heights."

In the airport industry, an FBO is the general operator of the facility, providing all of the necessary services, including hangaring, aircraft maintenance and flight instruction.

The new name is the only change planned for the 6,600-square foot, almost 20-year-old terminal, the authority said. All amenities currently in place will remain, including car-rental delivery to the airport.

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The new name caps a slew of changes that have been done in recent years to the aiport, located just southwest of Petersburg near U.S. routes 1 and 460, and Interstate 85. Recent improvements include:

  • updates to the gate-opening system;

  • paving and resealing of the taxiways and ramps;

  • changes to the airport's "fuel farm" that now can provide 24-hour fuel service to larger general-aviation jets; and

  • grading and resurfacing of the service road to the gates and hangars.

The airport's master plan calls for future extension of its main runway and re-lighting all of the facility's ramps and runways.

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