MEMBER ALERT: AOPA will be closing at 1:45 p.m. Eastern on Dec. 6 and will reopen at 8:30 a.m. Eastern on Dec. 9.
February 9, 2007
The master plan update process at Hilton Head Airport in South Carolina has sparked fierce controversy in the area. Some fear the revision would call for extending the 4,300-foot-runway, which airport opponents say would bring in more jet traffic and create more noise issues. Others want an expansion in order to keep the current air carrier service. The most extreme opponents want to close the airport. AOPA plans to make sure that doesn't happen. "Hilton Head is obligated by more than $16 million in Airport Improvement Program grants to keep the airport open," said AOPA Vice President of Airports Bill Dunn. "The FAA has told us that they are not interested in any repayment of grants or allowing the airport to be closed." Some of the funding was used to buy airport land, which means the facility must remain open permanently. AOPA is working with Hilton Head Airport Support Network volunteer Patty Blackmon and the FAA. AOPA Southeastern Regional Representative Bob Minter will be meeting with state and federal officials this week in South Carolina to discuss the issue and express AOPA's opposition to any talk of closing the vital community airport.
February 9, 2007
Airport Master Plan,
Pilots have formed a user group and launched a petition drive to save Runway 5/23 at Joplin Regional Airport in Joplin, Mo.
AOPA is urging Santa Rosa County officials who operate Peter Prince Field in Milton, Fla., to revise proposed rules to eliminate potential conflicts.
The new owners of a privately owned, public-use airport in an enviable New Jersey location have big plans, and vacant hangars.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.