Bill Provance, local Daedalian, Describes Plans for Int’l Jetport

  Colonel Mario Campos

Colonel Mario Campos (L), Flight Captain, contributed this report on the March 1, meeting last week of the General Nichol’s El Paso Flight 24 of the Daedalian Society. 

The 24th Flight received an excellent briefing from one of its own.  Flight Member Bill Provance, a former USAF C-130 Pilot and current Manager of the Santa Teresa, NM International Jetport gave us an update on the Airport’s current status and on its fast-developing future.


Currently a General Aviation Airport, yet with a runway over 9500 feet in length and 100 feet wide, Bill began by saying that an airport needs three things to make it grow: 1) People, 2) Infrastructure, and 3) Transportation.  Over the previous 10 years, it was recognized that the Airport had the potential to become a major cargo facility and now it’s moving in that direction because all three of those factors now exist:

  1. The people providing the assistance are institutions like the University of El Paso (UTEP), New Mexico State University, and Dona Ana County. 
  2. The infrastructure is aided by El Paso Electric and the city of Las Cruces. 
  3. Transportation is aided by easy access to I-10, a major rail hub adjacent to the airport, and the proximity to the Mexican Border.  Santa Teresa Jetport is also home to the renowned War Eagles Air Museum (WEAM).

With all these pieces in place, a recent $20 Million funding bill approved by the state of New Mexico along with a $72 Million Aviation Investment from Burrell Aviation will make the dreams of making the Airport a cargo hub a reality.

  Bill Provance

Bill (R) showed the 24th Flight plans to increase the current runway 10/21 to 12,000 feet in length, and 150 feet in width, and to further increase the runway’s load capacity by 215K lbs.  He showed on his aerial view displays where the new cargo aviation facilities would be located and where potential warehouse facilities for manufacturing could be placed.  The runway project and initial buildings are scheduled to begin construction in December of 2023, with a projected completion date of June 2025.  He also discussed future plans to construct a crosswind runway (03/21) that could handle traffic as large as the Boeing 747.  Bill felt this could realistically all be accomplished within the next 10 years.   When asked if these changes would add a control tower and controlled airspace, he replied that existing and projected operations probably wouldn’t make these changes happen immediately but, “things could change.”

L to R above: Honored guests, Ulla Rice, Melissa Fisher, and Josianne, the guest of Gerry Wingett at right above.

Bill’s concise presentation excited members of the flight as many of them had either flown privately from Santa Teresa or had worked at, or visited the War Eagles Air Museum.  Flight Members agreed that the potential of Santa Teresa to become a cargo facility had always been there given the facilities that had already grown so rapidly up around it.

L to R above: Col. Alan Fisher, Vierg Hemphill, Pete Brandon, Jerry Dixon, Connie Sullivan, and Julie Pitt.

L to R:: Jerry Dixon, Col. Alan Fisher, Bill Provance, Connie Sullivan, Julie, and Colonel Bob Pitt listen to the talk.

Mr. Provance also pointed out that the FASF’s own long-time member, Trustee, and now Advisor, John Orton,* continues to head up the Jetport’s always-busy Advisory Board.  * (3rd down on Advisor’s Page.)

L to R above: Colonel Mario Campos with the Flight’s reaward for Bill Provance’s informative presentation.


2 thoughts on “Bill Provance, local Daedalian, Describes Plans for Int’l Jetport

  1. klee-pjp88029 – Luna County, NM, 88029 – Just an aging, very independent woman who has never feared expressing her ideas, thoughts, perceptions and questions in life. Oftentimes seen as obnoxious, offensive, and opinionated; especially by those who value being polite and non-confrontational over speaking up and fighting their own battles. (It has been my observations that most of Trump supporters are of this ilk; they admire him because they want him to say and do what they dare not; for that would reveal their true colors.) I learned in high school that life is not an ongoing popularity contest; If you live that way, people only know your false self; never your real persona. I respect all others rights to hold their own beliefs and live their lives the way they long as they/we are bringing no harm to others and consider their actions in relation to Mother Earth and all of her glorious creations. Just please don't expect or make me (via your personal religious belief based legislations) be the same as you and demean my life's journey in the process. Autonomy over my body, mind, and being means as much to me in my life as it does to you and yours. Namaste' klee (pronounced: kay-lee)

    Wow, how exciting. Might even stimulate future infrastructure improvements and commercial developments along Hwy 9 from Santa Teresa to Columbus to below Lordsburg in coming decades.

    1. RIC – Webmaster for FirstAeroSquadronFoundation's (FASF) website. Also the CEO of the 501C(c)(3) aviation history-oriented FASF non-profit, which is dedicated to the Birth Place of American Airpower and Rebirth Place of American Civil Aviation in 1916 & 1917 in Columbus, NM.
      RIC Post author

      Hadn’t thought about that, but no doubt it could have that sort of effect. That kind of major money in the area is bound to have some side effects locally. Good thought . . . time will tell. Thanks for the comment. Feel free to leave your ideas, thoughts or input at any time!


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