July 2, 2008
AOPA ePublishing staff
Pilots in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, are fighting for the future of their airport and they’ve enlisted help from AOPA.
The pilots and AOPA are objecting to plans to build a housing development about one mile from the Coeur d’Alene airport, an incompatible land use that’s likely to create future problems for the airport and residents of the planned Hayden Canyon subdivision.
AOPA Airport Support Network volunteer Greg Gfeller and Coeur d’Alene Airport Association President Frank O’Connell have worked together and rallied area pilots to oppose the development.
In the meantime, AOPA has weighed in with a letter to the mayor of Hayden, warning that allowing residential development so close to the airport would violate the county’s federal grant assurances, which specify the importance of protecting the airport from incompatible land uses. The letter also points out that with 174 based aircraft and some 123,000 annual operations, the airport is a vital transportation asset for the region.
MVP Aero is developing a $189,000 light sport amphibious seaplane that doubles as a camper and is expected to fly in 18 months, with deliveries in 2017.
The FAA will miss a deadline to reform aircraft certification by two years, the agency told the House Aviation Subcommittee during a July 23 hearing.
AOPA is testing whether aircraft ownership can be more affordable than many people believe with the development of “Reimagined Aircraft.”
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