Leesburg Executive Airport Manager Scott Coffman is the best in the state.
The state Department of Aviation announced at its annual conference last week that Coffman had been named Airport Manager of the Year.
Coffman was nominated for the award by both the Town of Leesburg staff and the town’s Airport Commission. In the nomination, Coffman’s work on several noteworthy airport projects, including the establishment of the innovative remote flight control tower, moving the U.S. Customs clearing facility to construction, and bringing other new technologies to the airport, were all cited. Coffman has also been behind the update of the Airport Master Plan, in addition to managing the day-to-day operations of the airport.
“Through Scott’s leadership and vision, Leesburg Executive Airport is on the cutting edge of operational models for general aviation airports, not just in Virginia, but in the entire country,” the nomination form reads.
Both Airport Commission Chairman Dennis Boykin and ProJet Aviation General Manager Julie O’Brien also wrote letters in support of Coffman.
Boykin spoke about how large Coffman’s responsibilities are in managing the 397-acre property and single-runway facility with only two supporting staff members. Leesburg Airport handles more than 250 aircraft based at the airport and 116,000 operations per year, plus manages significant air traffic, airspace, and national security challenges because of the airport’s proximity to Washington, DC, Boykin noted.
“In the estimation of the Town of Leesburg, no other airport manager has been asked to do more, with less, for more people, in less time, for projects with nationwide ramifications, like Scott Coffman has been asked to do,” Boykin wrote.
Coffman has served as the town’s airport manager since 2012, following managerial positions at Macon Downtown Airport and Middle Georgia Regional Airport, and Orlando Sanford International Airport.