Airway Pioneer Member
William Parker

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My name is William "Bill" G. Parker. I was born on 6 February 1938 in Pratt County Kansas. In 1956 I graduated from Byers High School in Byers, Kansas. I attended Pratt Junior College from September 1956 until May 1958. In June 1958, my wife, Deanna and I were married. We farmed for 11-1/2 years in Pratt County. In July1969 I was employed as an Air Traffic Control Specialist (ATCS) for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). In December 1994 I retired from the FAA. In January 1995, I was employed by the Pratt Airport Authority, Pratt, Kansas as the Manager for the Pratt Airport and Industrial Park. I retired from that position on December 31, 2005.

I also served in the Kansas National Guard from 1956-1964. From 1958 until 1962 I was Motor Sergeant, SSGT E-6 and from 1962-1964 I was Chief of Detail, SSGT E-6. The unit was Battery C, 161st Field Artillery.

In April 1967 I earned my private pilots license for Single Engine Land,

The following is a summary of my career beginning in 1969 with the FAA.

July 1969-0ctober 1970 - ATCS, GS-2152-7, Kansas City ARTCC October 1970-0ctober 1972 - ATCS, GS-2152-9, Pierre, SD FSS October 19720-May 1974 - ATCS, GS-2152-10, Prescott, AZ FSS May 1974-January 1976 - ATCS, GS-2152-11, Oakland, CA FSS
January 1976-November 1977 - SATCS, GS-2152-11, Prescott, AZ FSS, Supervisor November 1977-May 1979 - SATCS, GS-2152-12, Las Vegas, NY FSS, Supervisor
May 1979-January 1983 - SATCS, GS-2152-13, Phoenix, AZ FSS, Assistant Air Traffic Mgr. January 1983-February 1985 - SATCS, GM-2152-14, Okla. City, OK FSS, Air Traffic Mgr.
Also HUB Manager for Gage, OK FSS; McAlester, OK FSS and Ponca City, OK FSS February 1985-Apri11986 - ATCS, GS-2152-14, Southwest Regional Headquarters, Ft. Worth,
TX, ASW -511 Planning Specialist and Associate Program Manager for AFSS.
April 1986-May 1987 - SATCS, GM-2152-14, San Antonio, TX FSS, Air Traffic Mgr. Also HUB Manager for McAllen, TX FSS, Alice, TX FSS, Austin, TX FSS, Midland, TX FSS and Wink, TX FSS
May 1987-December 1994 - SATCS, GM-2152-15, San Angelo, TS AFSS, Air Traffic Mgr.
Also HUB Manager for McAllen, TX FSS, Alice, TX FSS, San Antonio, TX FSS, Austin, TX FSS, Midland, TX FSS, and Wink, TX FSS until closed 1993.
January 1988-December 1994 - FAA Local Coordinator for all FAA Facilities, San Angelo, TX

January 1995 - December 2005

As the Airport Manager of a general aviation airport and industrial park I was responsible for all phases of the operation, maintenance, marketing and improvements to this complex. The airport is a complex made up of four (4) sections of land divided into air operations, agriculture and commerce. The airside is composed of a 5500' by 100' concrete runway, nav-aids and fixed base operation. The agriculture side is composed of approximately 1500 acres of farm land and a 38,000 head cattle feed operation. The commerce or industrial park is composed of approximately 30+ businesses. I was responsible for acquiring FAA grants and assuring that the airport was within compliance of all federal and state regulations.

A few of the accomplishments during my term are:

-installation of an A was 3 weather system
-reconstruction of a new 5500' by 100' concrete runway -installation of new runway lighting system -installation of new NDB navigation system -implementation of GPS approaches -increased tenant occupancy
-construction of new 15,000 square foot hangar
-construction of new 10,000 square foot business building -improved overall maintenance
-twice hosted the All Women's Air Classic race, once as a stopover (2001 and once as the starting point for the race (2003)
-assisted with the construction and implementation of the "All Veterans Memorial" located on the airport

ORGANIZATIONS:

Pratt, KS Jaycees
Honorary Member Prof Pilots Ass'n, San Antonio, TX San Angleo, TX Rotary
Air Traffic Controllers Association BPOE Lodge, Pratt, KS
Kansas Association of Airports (KAA) KAA Board of Directors
Cunningham, KS Christian Church

1960-1965 1988-1994 1989-1994 1980-1994 1998-2005 1995-2005 1997-2001 Current

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