Monday, October 22, 2007
Former Vallejoan takes controls as Napa
County Airport manager
By DAN JUDGE
The Vallejo (CA) Times-Herald
NAPA – Former Vallejo resident Martin Pehl’s career has taken flight with his recent appointment as head of the Napa County Airport. As airport manager, the 38-year-old Pehl is responsible for operations and maintenance of the 830-acre facility that is home base for 254 aircraft and several businesses including Bridgeford Flying Services and the Japan Airlines pilot training center. His list of projects also includes updating the airport’s master plan, which covers projects spanning the next 20 years, and investigating the possibility of purchasing Angwin Airport from Pacific Union College. A 1987 graduate of Vallejo High School, Pehl did a stint in the U.S. Navy before attending Solano Community College and San Jose State University where he earned a degree in aviation science.
A pilot himself, Pehl said he became interested in airport management while studying at San Jose.
“It struck me as something where you get to do a lot of different things,” he said. “There is always something new you have to deal with and learn about.”
He worked for the Ventura County Department of Airports before taking a job as assistant airport manager for two San Louis Obispo County airports.
Pehl was hired as assistant manager for the Napa County Airport in November 2006. When former airport manager Wanda Kennedy retired in December, he was named acting manager before being permanently named to the post.
Pehl said his main goal is to make sure the airport remains a vital part of the community.
“I would like to do my part in ensuring the airport meets the needs of the community and we present an image that reflects the Napa Valley,” he said.
Pehl lives in Vacaville with his wife, Anna, and 4-year-old daughter, Emily.