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LuxAir Aviation completes updates at Marion Airport
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · March 9th, 2017

LuxAir Aviation, LLC at the Marion Airport has recently tapped into those warm, golden rays streaming from the sky, whereby saving natural resources and their bottom line.

We spoke with LuxAir Aviation Director Cole Norton last week about their newly installed rooftop solar panels. He saidthe four LuxAir owners chose to add the 70 panels in hopes of going green-both in energy and in dollars.

At, the energy-producing system is broken down into the following four stages: "1. The sun shines on the solar panels, generating DC electricity. 2. The DC electricity is fed into a solar inverter that converts it to 240V 50Hz AC electricity. 3. The 240V AC electricity is used to power appliances in your home. 4. Surplus electricity is fed back into the main grid."

Non-battery Solar energy works on a feast or famine system, meaning, the solar energy produced by a grid connect system is first used by the consumer, and then any unused energy is sent to a main power grid. The business or home owner gets credit for the excess. At times, when the system does not generate enough energy to sustain the structure's needs, it then draws energy from the utility grid as usual. The in and out flow total is then calculated. This is known as net energy. []

According to, "Energy prices continue to rise, but with solar panels, your monthly costs will only plummet. With state and federal rebates on top of that, you're looking at huge savings every year with a solar energy system."

LuxAir's (13 buildings) Phase One renovations began after June of 2015, when they became involved in managing the airport, Norton said. Included in the updates, besides the solar panels, are a beautiful new FBO building, demolition of an Open T hanger and new pumps for three types of fuel have also been completed. Their overall plan benefits pilots, companies and the community. And these fast-paced updates are being noticed by companies interested in the airport.

One in particular, is the LifeGuard Air Ambulance ( helicopter team who benefits from a pump and facility during their around-the-clock service. The helicopter lands at the Marion Airport almost on a daily basis and its hanger is there for maintenance and protection. They also have a key to enter when LuxAir is not open to the public. This allows each team's pilot and medical personnel to enjoy the comfortable lounge and other amenities when needed, Norton said.

In addition, Norton who has a commercial pilot's license, said recently the FAA visited the Marion Airport to help activate an Air Carrier Certificate. Norton and his office team put together a small library of materials in preparation before the FAA team's arrival. According to, "Air carrier means a person who undertakes directly by lease, or other arrangement, to engage in air transportation."

They are already moving into Phase Two of their facilities transformation, including land preparation for new hangers. "In a few short years, the Marion Airport will continue to be a quaint general aviation airpark but also be a well-equipped, accessible, and modern airport to support the economic development of Marion and the surrounding areas." [LuxAir Aviation]
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