Bringing more people out to the airport

A group of pilots are raising money to build a public observation area at Jack Barstow Municipal Airport (KIKW) in Midland, Mich., in hopes that the Midland Community Aviation Discovery Area will help more people feel welcome at the general aviation airport. According to a report from the Midland Daily News, the park-like setting would include an airplane body, tables, a shaded area and display boards that focus on aviation themes, the physics of flight, the airport’s layout, aviation communication, airport history and aviation facts. A website is expected to be created to supplement the information.

Quadruple rent hike proposed at Hawaii’s Kalaeloa Airport

Tenants at the Kalaeloa Airport (PHJR) said they’re being driven out by soaring rents and heavy-handed management policies. According to a report at HawaiiNewsNow, the state is proposing a quadruple increase in rents at the general aviation airport, which is the state’s No. 2 airport. The story quotes GA pilot Tony Ferrara: “They don’t want general aviation. They are not here to make general aviation thrive. They are not assisting general aviation in any sense of the word.”

New terminal and hangars in works for KBKL

Burke Lakefront Airport (KBKL), the top airfield for business aviation in the Cleveland, Ohio, area, is getting a new terminal. According to a report at Cleveland.com, Landmark Aviation expects to break ground in the spring on the 8,000-square-foot terminal for general aviation aircraft. The $6 million to $7 million project also will add 20,000 square feet of hangar space, doubling Landmark’s hangar capacity at Burke.