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February’s departure of Gary Cyr left the Springfield-Branson National Airport without a Director of Aviation for several months. However, on Thursday afternoon that lengthy interview process officially came to an end with the introduction of a new director. KSMU’s Justin Lux was on-hand and has the story.
The Springfield-Branson National Airport introduced Brian Weiler as the new Director of Aviation. Weiler was previously with the Missouri Department of Transportation since 1997, serving in several capacities, including his most recent position as Multimodal Director.
Weiler explains that his experiences from his positions at MoDOT will serve him well at the airport, as he not only worked with communities across the state, but also all forms of transportation.
“In the last nine years I’ve not only worked on aviation, but I’ve also had the opportunity to work in other transportation modes. Rail, freight development, all types of those things. So I think it gives me a larger perspective,” he says.
Before coming to MoDOT, Weiler served in the Marine Corps as an air traffic controller from 1984 until 1987. He has also been an adjunct instructor at the University of Central Missouri and holds a private pilot’s license.
In the end, chairman Jim Enyart says he and the other members of the airport’s board of directors could not ignore Weiler’s proven track record.
“Because of his communication skills and his experience, his experience with airports and with transportation in general, we couldn’t get anyone better,” says Enyart.
While Weiler is eager to put his stamp on the airport, he admits he’s inheriting a pretty well-run operation as is.
“We’ve got a great staff, there’s nothing that’s broke here. This is a change in leadership. Yes, there’s going to be some additional focus in some areas, but hopefully there won’t be a skip of beat with that,” explains Weiler.
Weiler said he hopes to tie together some loose ends with MoDOT and his home life before beginning in official capacity on August 1st.
For KSMU News, I’m Justin Lux.