Cape Air which services seven flights from Billings to rural Eastern Montana is adding a new model of commuter airplane to replace the airline’s aging fleet of Cessnas. The short-haul Tecnam P2012 airplane is meant for the type of quick commuter flights Cape Air offers. The Essential Air Service routes are designed to connect rural communities to larger hubs and are heavily subsidized by the federal government. The nine passenger and two crew airplanes were designed for Cape Air by Tecnam and built in their facility in Italy.
The month of March resulted in a below-average USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service Water Specialist Lucas Lukiewicz explains what this snow-water equivalence means for spring precipitation.