At Romeo State Airport: $70,000 for design work for terminal area site preparation: $56,000 federal, $12,250 local and $1,750 state; $492,500 for construction of a new entrance road and site preparation for a new terminal building: $394,000 federal, $86,187 state and $12,313 state and local.
Federal and state funding for “luxuries” like layout plans. Roads, building, design work, etc., should take a back seat for cement tie-downs and taxi streets for average income pilots. Improvements shouldn’t be made just for the big shots in the hangars.
Romeo Airport was purchased in 1998 for $5 million by the state of Michigan because of the loss of three good airports in the same area. It doesn’t have one airplane parked on a tie-down on 270 acres. Why don’t FARs cover tie-downs?