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Reminder: Paine Field Airport remains a no-drone zone


EVERETT—Paine Field Airport is reminding Snohomish County residents that it is illegal to fly a drone within five miles of the airfield without first obtaining permission from both the Federal Aviation Administration and the airport. With the rapid advancement of technology, the availability of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly known as drones, has significantly […]

Hero flight crew thwarted pilot attempting to crash plane

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PORTLAND, Oregon, October 23, 2023—An off-duty airplane pilot onboard Alaska Airlines flight 2059, leaving Everett’s Seattle Paine Field International Airport (PAE) for San Francisco, is facing 167 charges after attempting to disrupt the plane’s engines Sunday evening forcing an emergency landing in Portland. The off-duty pilot, identified as 44-year-old Joseph D. Emerson, was taken into […]

Snohomish County delegates optimistic after returning from Paris Air Show

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PARIS, France, August 2, 2023—Terry Ryan, Aerospace Economic Development Director for Snohomish County, returned from the Paris Air Show last month where he joined a team of Snohomish County delegates set on forming connections, strengthening relationships, and supporting the many Snohomish County-based aerospace companies who were featured. The Paris Air Show, which took place June […]

Paine Field changes name to Seattle Paine Field International Airport

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EVERETT, Wash., July 18, 2023—Paine Field Snohomish County Airport announced it is formally changing its name to “Seattle Paine Field International Airport” today, July 18, in order to market the airport’s international reach. By adding “Seattle” to the airport’s name it hopes to reach a broader range of tourists, investors, and travelers while reinforcing its […]

Don’t be alarmed! Paine Field Airport to conduct fire drills

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Each year, Paine Field Fire conducts a live fire training to meet its Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 139 Airport Certification. This FAA requirement ensures that Paine Field personnel uses its ARFF apparatus proficiently during a live fire drill. In the past few years, the airport sent its firefighters to other cities to receive the […]

Joshua Marcy appointed Director of Paine Field Airport

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EVERETT, Wash., April 13, 2023—After completing a nationwide search, Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers today announced the appointment of Joshua Marcy as the permanent Director for Paine Field Airport. Marcy has served as the Interim Director since the departure of Arif Ghouse in February. The appointment requires Snohomish County Council confirmation. With over 20 years […]

Josh Marcy appointed as Interim Director for Paine Field Airport

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EVERETT, Wash., February 3, 2023 – Today, Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers announced the appointment of Josh Marcy as Interim Director for Paine Field Airport, replacing Arif Ghouse who has been Director for over eight years. Arif has accepted a job as Chief Operating Officer at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The interim appointment will be effective February […]

Boungjaktha appointed as County’s Executive Director of Economic Development


SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash., September 23, 2022—Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers announced the appointment of Neepaporn “A” Boungjaktha as Executive Director for Economic Development yesterday. Ms. Boungjaktha was most recently a Senior Executive Management Analyst, responsible for tourism and trade in the Executive Office. As Executive Director, she will oversee all of Snohomish County’s economic development […]

Public invited to review Paine Field Airport Master Plan draft

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EVERETT, Wash., June 1, 2022 – Airport planners have completed draft concepts and alternatives for the Paine Field Airport Master Plan. Snohomish County invites the public to visit our online open house from June 1 to 30, to get an update on what the team has been working on, to learn more about the master […]

Paine Field Snohomish County Airport’s emergency drill an “absolute success”

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EVERETT, Wash., May 12, 2022 – Today at 10 a.m., Paine Field Snohomish County Airport conducted its full-scale, triannual emergency Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) drill. The exercise simulated a plane accident scenario and involved multiple agencies, from airport staff to the FBI.  Paine Field Airport conducts drills throughout the year, including quarterly fire department tabletop […]

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