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Tindall takes flight at airport
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Riley Tindall is a recent graduate of MTSU who majored in aviation management with a concentration in airport management. Tindall is ready to take flight as Warren County Memorial Airport’s new manager. - photo by Taylor Moore

Warren County Memorial Airport has landed a new manager. Riley Tindall has taken the position as airport manager as one of his first jobs since graduating college.

Tindall graduated from MTSU in May 2020 with a degree in aviation management. When asked about starting, he said he is “ready to hit it strong.”

Tindall is originally from Phoenix, Arizona. He moved to Murfreesboro around five years ago to attend MTSU’s aviation program. Though Tindall has flown a plane, his excitement comes more from being on the ground and managing the airport. He took an interest in aviation after his grandfather was a project manager working on a Falcon 50 with a TFE731 engine. His grandfather worked for Honeywell, an aerospace company, and Tindall credits that as the spark that got him interested in aviation.

His grandfather may have helped on a plane’s engine, but Tindall’s goal was not with maintenance either. “It’s always been management for me,” Tindall said. “I want to manage because I like seeing the opportunity for growth.” 

Plans are in the works, but nothing big is set in stone for future projects at the airport. The runway is getting an upgrade to help with jet traffic, and the airport will be getting new lights for night flights.

Not only is he looking to improve the airport, Tindall said, “I’m excited to see what opportunities there are to improve the county.” So far, Tindall said he is enjoying Warren County. “I am loving the natural beauty and the rivers.” 

That is also one of his favorite parts of the airport as he says the surrounding landscape is beautiful. Tindall has already gotten a start at the airport, and his goal is to continue the improvement that the airport has seen.