Martha’s Vineyard Airport Commission names interim manager

The Airport Master Plan will look at development over the next 20 years. – File photo by Nelson Sigelman

The Martha’s Vineyard Airport has a new, temporary manager. Rod Dinger, former airport director of a Northern California airport in Redding, will begin work next week.

The airport manager’s role has fluctuated in the past months following the resignation of airport manager Sean Flynn in December, and the resignation of former assistant airport manager and acting airport manager Deborah Potter, effective March 18.

Ms. Potter submitted her resignation letter in early February, requiring the airport commission to quickly hire an interim manager until a full-time manager is hired in May.

Mr. Dinger will assume the interim manager role on March 7. The temporary contract stipulates that he will be paid $11,000 a month, with housing and a car provided.

Mr. Dinger has more than 20 years of experience in the airport business. In his former position he managed the Redding Municipal Airport and general aviation at Benton Airpark, in addition to other responsibilities such as building maintenance and information technology. Mr. Dinger retired in December 2015.

“He has really spent many years in the airport management world, Part 139 area, managing airports significantly bigger than the Vineyard,” acting airport commission chairman Bob Rosenbaum said Tuesday. He said there was a lot of “common overlap” between Mr. Dinger’s experience in Redding and the Martha’s Vineyard position.

Only one other candidate applied, and that person did not have the necessary certifications according the the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Mr. Rosenbaum said. The FAA and Massachusetts Department of Transportation were “very supportive” of Mr. Dinger’s hiring, he said.

“Rod Dinger is a well-known individual,” Mr. Rosenbaum said. “He had all of the necessary qualifications and certifications, and was willing and interested and available to come.”

Mr. Dinger will work at the Island’s airport until at least the end of May.

Meanwhile, a search committee is working on hiring a full-time airport manager, a process that has been ongoing since Mr. Flynn’s resignation. Mr. Rosenbaum said they are hoping to name the new manager by Memorial Day weekend.