|Pierre FSS (PIR), South Dakota.
Continental Express ATR42 and Mesaba Metro on ramp at
in 1990. FSS is located on the second floor of the terminal where
long row of narrow
windows is visible. ATM office was on second floor to
right (where the larger square
window is located).
Pierre, South Dakota FSS (PIR) 1972
The Pierre FSS (PIR) was located on the second floor of the
Pierre Municipal Airport terminal building. Both, air traffic and
airways facilities personnel occupied the quarters. Pierre Municipal
Airport is located four miles northeast of the City of Pierre, the
capitol of South Dakota. The airport had two runways, 13/31 and 7/25,
both 150' wide and 6900' long, with a VOR Approach to 7 and 25. North
Central Airlines and Western Airlines served Pierre utilizing Douglas
DC-9's, Boeing 737's and Convair 580's.
1972, Pierre FSS was staffed with seven specialist, four who had less
than three years experience. They were Harold Bolyard, Roy Stanek, Pat
O'Connor, Blaine Olson, Baxter Sowell, Wilbert "Will" Showers and Bill
Parker (#3734). The Facility Chief was Jack Mitchell (#3736). Pierre
had a large flight service area, covering over 20,000 square miles,
including 45 airports, four remote VOR's, one radio beacon, one RCAG,
direction finder (DF) and weather observations. Pierre was well
represented by FAA, hosting the FSS, Airways Facility Sector Office,
Airways Facility Unit and an Airports District Office. The South Dakota
Aeronautics Commission was also located in Pierre, They operated a
Beechcraft Twin Bonanza (BE50) and a Piper Navajo (PA31).
Information from the FAA Rocky Mountain
Intercom, dated 26 May 1972
Submitted by William "Bill" G. Parker
#3734, Nov. 25, 2007