A million dollars here, a million dollars there…

The issue of airport funding is always entertaining. Not because it’s of no great importance to the aviation community, but for exactly the opposite reason. It isn’t important to those who dole out the dollars. And that’s almost entertaining enough to make a responsible citizen cry. Ironic, isn’t it?

ABC News produced a report for television that sheds light on this exact oddity of discretionary spending. It focuses on the Johnstown Cambria County Airport in western Pennsylvania. The video is approximately two and a half minutes long, certainly not long enough to tell all sides of what is clearly a very complex story of a community that would otherwise be almost completely cut off from the rest of the world, and an airport that needs massive subsidies to be a viable entity in aviation.

As you watch this video, I wonder if you, like me, took note of the fact that this airport is located only three miles from a town with a population of approximately 25,000 people, yet it is funded as it if is located in the heart of a bustling megalopolis. Pittsburgh is a mind-numbing 70 miles away. Clearly the commute would be impractical for any reasonable traveler – or would it? [Read more…]