Reduce, reuse, recycle… hangars in this case

The great state of California reduced the number of general aviation airports in 2014 by at least one. Specifically, Rialto Municipal (L67) was shut down on Sept. 18 to make way for a 1,439-acre residential and business center. (I know, but don’t get me started…)

From the ashes of L67, nearby Flabob Airport (RIR) will reuse Rialto’s hangars. Flabob is just 8 nm on a heading of 169° from L67… as the homebuilt flies.

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Exit ramps, profit, and Yourtown USA

It is well known in most circles that airlines travel on highways in the sky. Admittedly, most folks don’t know those highways are called airways, but the name is logical, whether the general public knows it or not.

However, few have made the obvious connection between the highway in the sky concept, and the airport in their town. Perhaps this is because aircraft, unlike automobiles, can choose to use the highway or go off-road (VFR) at will. And unlike automobile users, there are massive numbers of pilots flying off-road (VFR) every day, from coast to coast.

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General aviation soaring at MacArthur Airport

General aviation at Long Island’s MacArthur Airport is soaring. For the first nine months of 2012, MacArthur saw a 33% increase in flights by GA planes based at the airport compared with the same period in 2011, according to a report from Newsday. General aviation flights by planes not based at MacArthur jumped 15.5% in the same time frame.

Compatible use

Recently my wife, kids, Mom and I all flew to Des Moines, Iowa, for the wedding of one of my cousins. While in Des Moines, we drove east to Newton to see where my Mom grew up. On our way in, I drove past the town so we could visit the Newton Municipal Airport (TNU). I remember flying in with Dad and Mom years ago as a kid and wanted to see it…30 years later.

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Twenty-three WA airports to leverage nearly $1 million

ARLINGTON, Wash. – Washington state grants of nearly $1 million will fund 29 different airport projects, 86 percent of which will improve pavement. State grants, combined with local matching contributions ($2.7+ million), enabled WSDOT’s aviation division to leverage about $32 million in federal grants for federally-funded airports. Of the state’s 137 public-use airports, 66 are eligible for federal funds. The remaining 71 rely solely on state and local funds.

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New leadership for Greenville Airport Commission

Harold Carey, Jr. has been elected chairman and Jonathon Giles has been elected vice chairman of the Greenville Airport Commission (GAC), owner and operator of the Greenville Downtown Airport (GMU), the busiest general aviation airport in South Carolina. The airport is home to more than 25 aviation-related businesses creating 453 jobs that annually contribute more than $35.2 million to the local economy.



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Do something

We donated a gift subscription to the Friends of Oceano Airport (FOA) for their May 12 Oceano Airport Celebration silent auction. In today’s mail I received a thank you letter from FOA organizers, Mitch Latting and Jolie Lucas. From the letter, “we’ve gathered funds which will help us continue to promote and protect this ‘little slice of paradise’ California beach airport, L52.” With funds from the auction and other fundraisers, FOA has plans to…  [Read more…]