Survival came with a price

Your write-up on page 39 in the Dec. 16 issue (Endangered no more: Threatened airports survived 2005) could lead one to believe that all’s well that ends well. The Flying Y Airport in Livingston, Mont., did survive and that is good. Problem is that this came with a price.  It took over $50,000 in legal fees out of Mr. Hodgkinson’s resources just to hang on. This was a real struggle for an 80-year-old World War II veteran. Maybe that’s why this airport is listed in the same issue on page 29 in your classified ads under Real Estate.

Steve Koontz
Livingston, Mont.

Editor’s Note: Duane Hodgkinson, who has owned and operated the airport since 1987, confirmed the airport is up for sale, but said he’s not selling it because of the lawsuit or the expenses incurred fighting the lawsuit. The 80-year-old, who has been flying since World War II, told us that he “just wanted to do something different.”

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