By Paolo Cisneros at The Sheridan Press
SHERIDAN — A group of Sheridan and Johnson County residents looking to improve the quality and reliability of air travel in northeastern Wyoming met Friday to begin crafting bylaws and discussing ways to make flying in and out of the Sheridan County Airport a more
attractive option for travelers.
The Critical Air Service Team is a private group of citizens working to develop solutions to the problems that plague the local airline industry. The group is chaired by local real estate broker Bruce Garber of Century 21 BHJ Realty and vice-chaired by Best Western General
Manager Kyle Murray. Other members come from the hospitality industry, the energy industry, city and county government and other fields.
In recent years, the Sheridan County Airport has seen business levels drop as more and more travelers choose to fly out of other regional airports. By formally organizing CAST through bylaws the group expects to have greater access to officials at the Wyoming Department of Transportation’s Aeronautics Division — a benefit members hope will lead to more productive conversations about specific problems and how they might be fixed.
Forward Sheridan Executive Director Jay Stender said the group’s diverse membership is key in allowing for truly comprehensive discussions. “The people who are participating are there because they want to be and they have a vested interest,” he said. Stender said group members hope to complete the bylaws by Nov. 1.