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Malaysian flight school eyes Warrenton-Fauquier Airport

Saturday, Dec. 1 | By James Pinsky
The owners of a Malaysian flight school are considering the W arrenton/Fauquier Airport for a new facility. Photo by Randy Litzinger
A Malaysian aviation business delegation visited the Warrenton-Fauquier Airport Nov. 15 to research the possibility of building an aviation education and flight school in Fauquier County.

According to Da vid Darrah, director of the Warrenton-Fauquier Airport, the Malaysians are interested in building a facility to teac h students about a viation airframes, power plants, avionics, and flying.

The delegation included a representative from the Malaysian embassy, along with personnel from Amanah Rakyat (MARA).

MARA is an agency of the Ministry of Rural and Regional Development within the Malaysian government formed to promote, stimulate, facilitate and undertake economic and social development in the federal and particularly in rural areas of Malaysia.

While Fauquier County government officials, including Darrah, cautioned that the Malaysian interest is simply preliminary at this time, key features of both the airport and the county lend themselves to the airport being competitive with other regional locations.

“We have land available at the airport for a hanger and a school house,” said Darrah, a retired Marine Corps pilot who flies his own Cessna 210 airplane.

“The Malaysians favored Fauquier’s location because it offered ‘a lot of wide-open area and is a pleasant place to be,’ much different than Loudoun, Fairfax and Prince William counties.”

Cedar Run Supervisor Lee Sherbeyn attended the delegation’s visit and was cautiously optimistic about the economic possibilities MARA could provide.

“We’d welcome some stuff coming in around the airport,” said Sherbeyn. “It’s already zoned for what they want to do there.”
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