• By Todd Luck
  • Posted Friday, August 13, 2021

Smith Reynolds Airport Director Mark Davidson elected as president of NC Airports Association

Mark Davidson, director of Smith Reynolds Airport, was elected as the new president for the North Carolina Airports Association (NCAA).

Davidson was chosen by his fellow NCAA members as the association’s president for the 2021/2022 fiscal year. He’s been the director of Smith Reynolds Airport since 2010 and has served in various roles on the NCAA Board of Directors. Davidson has overseen numerous changes at the airport, including its transition into a county department, numerous capital improvements and the addition of Forsyth Tech’s Mazie S. Woodruff Aviation Technology Lab, which is scheduled to open this fall.

“I am honored to serve the Association and I’m excited that Winston-Salem will host the next annual meeting in April 2022 for the first time in the Association’s history,” said Davidson. “I look forward to sharing our vibrant downtown, the Innovation Quarter, and Tanglewood Park to more than 400 attendees.”

The NCAA was officially formed in 1986 as a professional development and advocacy organization that promotes airports and aviation in North Carolina. The association facilitates professional development opportunities, advocates with legislators, promotes aviation and aviation careers, provides scholarships and works with the NCDOT to advance state programs.

Smith Reynolds Airport is a county-owned general aviation airport located on North Liberty Street in Winston-Salem. A 2021 NCDOT study found Smith Reynolds created the most jobs and economic impact of the state’s 62 general aviation public airports, which don't offer commercial service, contributing $815 million to the local economy. The airport is used for corporate aircraft, air charter services, general aviation and air cargo. Its tenants include Signature Flight Support, Signature TECHNICAir, Piedmont Flight Training, Piedmont Propulsion Systems and North State Aviation, which does aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO).

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