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24 CHAPTER SEVEN NEW BEDFORD REGIONAL AIRPORT--BRIDGEWATER STATE UNIVERSITY AVIATION TRAINING CENTER AIRPORT SPONSOR AND INTERVIEW PARTICIPANTS ure 19). The building was first constructed on vacant land by the local Plumbers Union as a training facility. The property Airport NameNew Bedford Regional Airport had airside access. The structure was a cinder block, one- (EWB) story facility. There were pipefitting, soldering, and weld- ing classrooms; therefore, the facility had a lot of ductwork City, State New Bedford, Massachusetts and an extensive fire suppression system. As local unions merged, training became increasingly regionalized, and use Airport Sponsor City of New Bedford of the New Bedford facility declined. By 2000, the facility was completely abandoned and fell into disrepair. There Person Interviewed Ed DeWitt, Former Airport Manager were legal issues about who owned the building, its access to the airfield, and use as a nonaeronautical facility. THE SITUATION The city of New Bedford ultimately was able to resolve these issues with the Plumbers Union and the FAA. In 2001, The New Bedford Regional Airport was completed in 1942 as Bridgewater State University and a Delta Air Lines Inc. a commercial airport. It was used in World War II by the U.S. subsidiary began operating a flight-training program at the Army Air Corps and returned to civilian control after the war, airport, using other existing facilities and some trailers on at which time the city of New Bedford resumed its responsibil- the airport. With financing from a Redevelopment Authority ities as the sponsor and operator of the airport. Over the years, loan of about $300,000, the Plumbers Union building was EWB has been served by a number of regional airlines, nota- converted into classroom space for the flight-training pro- bly Northeast Airlines (acquired in 2008 by Delta Air Lines), gram. An AIP grant was obtained in 2002 to construct a Air New England, ProvidenceBoston Airlines, and currently ramp for aircraft. by Cape Air, which flies to Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. EWB handles approximately 24,000 passengers annually, but Delta and Bridgewater State were not, however, a perfect it also serves as a general aviation and training facility. match. Delta saw the program as an "advance or get out" pilot-training program for its regional airlines. Bridgewater Development of the Aviation Training Center at EWB has State desired a college-level program with diverse options a long and interesting history of incremental reuse (see Fig- for its students. When Delta emerged from Chapter 11 bank- FIGURE 19 Bridgewater State University Aviation Training Center at New Bedford Regional Airport.