published Friday, May 18th, 2012

Cleveland, Tenn., airport gets RZR identifier from FAA

Conceptual digital image by Rardin & Carroll Architects of the terminal being built at the new airport in Cleveland, Tenn.
Conceptual digital image by Rardin & Carroll Architects of the terminal being built at the new airport in Cleveland, Tenn.
Photo by Contributed Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. -- The Cleveland Regional Jetport now has its three-letter identifier from the Federal Aviation Administration.

The soon-to-be-completed airport is RZR.

Lynn DeVault, Cleveland Municipal Airport Authority chairwoman, said Thursday that it didn't take long for authority members to get creative and turn its advertising potential into RaZoR.

And that step led to the next one, a "sharp" slogan: "Cleveland Regional Jetport, The Cutting Edge of General Aviation."

The airport authority already was aware of the RZR possibility. It was one of several possibilities on a list from the FAA last month.

The three-letter identifiers are unique; no two letters can be the same between two airports within 200 miles of each another, DeVault said.

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"These are easy to remember and RaZoR sounds great," DeVault said.

Meanwhile, the final phases of runway development have begun and fundraising for the terminal building is in full swing, said Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland.

"The airport authority has worked so hard from the very start and hasn't overlooked any of the details," Rowland said.

Cleveland's old airport, Hardwick Field, carries the identifier HDI, the mayor said.

The jetport is in the Tasso area of north Cleveland.

Also on Thursday, the airport authority was announced as a winner of a Transportation Development Foundation Globe Award.

Established in 1998 by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, the awards spotlight examples of environmentally friendly transportation construction across the United States.

about Randall Higgins...

Randall Higgins covers news in Cleveland, Tenn., for the Times Free Press. He started work with the Chattanooga Times in 1977 and joined the staff of the Chattanooga Times Free Press when the Free Press and Times merged in 1999. Randall has covered Southeast Tennessee, Northwest Georgia and Alabama. He now covers Cleveland and Bradley County and the neighboring region. Randall is a Cleveland native. He has bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Technological University. His awards ...

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