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Twenty-foot white letters painted near taxiway thanks to the Ninety-Nines, an organization of women pilots.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Fresh airmarkings will make it easier for pilots to locate the Scappoose AirparkLook for some freshly painted airmarkings at Scappoose Industrial Airpark.

Thanks to 20 volunteers from the Columbia Cascade Chapter of the Ninety-Nines, the name SCAPPOOSE will be featured in 20-foot white letters on the west side ramp near Taxiway B.

The painting was done Oct. 31, and now pilots will be able to clearly see markings as they fly over the airport.

According to a news release, members of the Ninety-Nines have enjoyed a long tradition of painting airport names and other identifiers on airfields. The tradition goes back to the 1930s.

The Ninety-Nines is an international organization of women pilots that promotes the advancement of aviation through education, scholarships and support.

The airmarking at Scappoose is the first one the Columbia Cascade chapter has done in several years.

Airmarking is valuable for pilots since these markings help them know they are at the proper airport.

The news release said Craig Allison, Port of Columbia County operations manager, approached the Ninety-Nines a few years back at the suggestion of the Port's Scappoose Industrial Airpark Advisory Committee.

According to Allison, the Port has had some significant construction projects at the airpark over the last few years that needed to be completed before moving forward with the airmarking.

Money for the airmarking does not come from the federal government anymore, so the nonprofit organization must secure financial support from airports or other civic groups. Paint for the project was provided by the Port of Columbia County.

The Port of Columbia County takes in 51 miles along the Columbia River and U.S. Highway 30.

More information can be found at portofcolumbiacounty.org. Learn more about the Ninety-Nines at ninety-nines.org.


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