New Director Hired for Winchester Regional Airport

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 13:15

The Winchester Regional Airport Authority is pleased to announce that a new Executive Director has been hired and will begin on July 9, 2018.

Gene Fisher, Chairman of the Airport Authority, states, “When you have a very dedicated, long-term employee who is retiring, like our current Director, Renny Manuel, it’s tough to fill the position. We had good candidates and believe we have found someone that will be a good fit for our organization and will help guide our airport into the future.”

Nicholas Sabo is the new Executive Director of the Winchester Regional Airport. Previously, Nick served as the Assistant Manager of the Frederick Municipal Airport in Frederick, Maryland, and taught aviation curriculum at the Community College of Baltimore County as an adjunct faculty member.

Nick holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Purdue University and a Master of Aeronautical Science degree from Embry-Riddle University. After completing his undergraduate program, he was commissioned in the US Air Force as an Airfield Operations Officer. During his military career, Nick managed airfield operations at two stateside locations, completed two overseas deployments, and obtained a Control Tower Operator certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration. Nick is a private pilot and is recognized as an Accredited Airport Executive by the American Association of Airport Executives. In his spare time, he enjoys music, travel, and spending time with his wife Mary and son Henry.

Winchester City Manager Eden Freeman is pleased the position is filled. “I look forward to welcoming Mr. Sabo to our community and helping in any way necessary to ensure a smooth transition.”

Frederick County serves as fiscal agent for the Regional Airport. County Administrator Kris Tierney notes, “We are currently working with Renny and Nick to assure a smooth transition and look forward to supporting all airport staff with what is sure to be a bright future. Renny has been a driving force behind the success and development that has taken place at the airport and we sincerely thank her for more than thirty years of service to our community. She will surely be missed.”

Mr. Sabo’s starting salary will be $98,000.

The Winchester Regional Airport Authority owns and manages the Winchester Regional Airport. The Authority is authorized by Chapter 687 of the Acts of the Virginia Assembly in 1987. The member localities include: County of Frederick, City of Winchester, County of Clarke, County of Shenandoah, and County of Warren.

The Airport is operated and maintained with a staff of five (airport director, operations supervisor, account clerk, and two maintenance staff). The Authority also owns and operates Winchester Aviation, the fixed-base operator for the Airport., which has six employees.