Pair of Jamestown pilots land at every North Dakota airportJAMESTOWN, N.D. (AP) — Two Jamestown pilots have joined a select group by landing in every North Dakota airport.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. (AP) — Two Jamestown pilots have joined a select group by landing in every North Dakota airport.
Dale Seckerson and Jay Dugan recently completed the top tier of the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission's passport program by flying into all 89 airports.
Seckerson, 61, and Dugan, 35, say the program started out as a friendly competition between the two lifelong aviators. They flew to about half the airports in Dugan's plane and half separately, the Jamestown Sun reported.
The pilots said the program helped them see places they hadn't been to before and some that they'd like to visit again.
"Williston, I hadn't been up in that area," Seckerson said of the city in the heart of the North Dakota oil patch. "You can see all the oil activities going on . I thought, 'My God, they've got vehicles running all over.'"
The high-water mark for the pilots in one day was 18 airports.
Dugan said the Arthur airport was one of his favorites because planes are required to approach the grass runway between two trees.
"It's really cool. I enjoyed that runway, it was a lot of fun," he said.
State Aeronautics Commission officials said only about 10 people have made all 89 airports through the passport program.