The Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport terminal has been renamed for Robert Heck, who modernize the airport to where it is today. But joining Heck for nearly three decades has been Joe Brauer, who is retiring this month as Airport Manager.

Ken Krall chatted with Brauer about the airport and it's future in Rhinelander...

Ken Krall with Joe Brauer.


A man who spent 43 years leading the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport has retired from the Commission and has been honored by the Rhinelander City Council.

Robert Heck was the leader of the cause for the Rhinelander airport. He spoke at Monday's council meeting in announcing his retirement as Chairman of the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport Commission.

He says the Commission and airport leaders have had an impact...

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There appears to be fewer problems involving air quality in the basement offices at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport.

Air quality became an issue a few years back when UW-Extension staff reported they were made uncomfortable by the exhaust from airplanes arriving and going at the airport. The diesel exhaust from the jets was getting sucked into the ventilation system. In March, work was completed on an upgraded ventilation system that was said to cut the amount of fumes in the basement offices.

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Another of the proposed cutbacks called for by President Trump is for what's called Essential Air Service at certain airports. That program was penciled in for elimination.

The Essential Air Service program was put into place to guarantee small communities that were served before airline deregulation maintain a minimal level of scheduled air service. The federal Department of Transportation is mandated to provide eligible communities with access to the national system.

The number of travelers flying out of the Rhinelander-Oneida County airport is holding steady as the nation continues the recovery from a severe recession.

Airport Director Joe Brauer says it's been a good year. He says they probably had the same amount of passengers coming through the airport. He says they're restricted because they have just two flights per day and have 100 seats. He says one month they might be down a couple passengers, the next month they are up a couple passengers..

A word of caution as you head to the airport this Thanksgiving holiday: arrive early.

Thanksgiving traditionally is one of the busiest travel times of the year. At the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport, Director Joe Brauer says there will be more people at the airport so arrive an hour and 15 minutes before your departure time. He also says don't assume you can get on...

The Rhinelander Oneida County Airport is leading the state in the percentage of passengers using a special program to get checked before boarding a flight.

Travelers may leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and their  compliant liquids and gels bag in a carry-on in select screening lanes.

The  program allows U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to receive a “Known Traveler Number” and  have the opportunity to utilize lanes at select security checkpoints when flying on 11 participating carriers including Delta Air Lines.

More of us are flying from the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport.

Airport Director Joe Brauer says the switch to the Delta-connect airline SkyWest has improved the number of passengers flying out of Rhinelander...


"...through the first ten months of the year we're running about a 53 percent load factor. We started out slow in the first quarter. We had a very strong summer where (the number of passengers) were running in the high eighties..."