September 22, 2008
AOPA Airport Support Network (ASN) Volunteer Tim Skinner at Lafayette Regional in Louisiana has learned from the state aviation department that all airports are open. However, some airports in Louisiana are using generator power to operate the lights.
Status reports on the Texas airports that were hit by Hurricane Ike continue to come in from ASN volunteers. We will update the list as we gather more information.
Houston Executive (TME) in Houston: No aircraft damage. Serving as a staging point for relief efforts.
West Houston (IWS) in Houston: Serving as a staging ground for Civil Air Patrol efforts.
Lone Star Executive (CXO) in Houston: Minor damage to air traffic control tower. Airport is open and serving as a staging area for utility companies and other recovery authorities. A lot of helicopter traffic.
Brazoria County (LBX) in Angleton/Lake Jackson: Airport is operating using generators. Damage to about 16 to 20 hangars.
Liberty Municipal (T78) in Liberty: Widespread damage to hangars and based aircraft.
Scholes International at Galveston (GLS) in Galveston: Air traffic control tower, runway, and taxiways appear to be OK. Terminal building was flooded and is in bad shape; most of the hangars were destroyed or are in disrepair; the lighting system is out; and no fuel on the field.
Athens Municipal (F44) in Athens: No damage from Hurricane Ike.
Dan Jones International (T51) in Houston: Operational, no damage to the airport or aircraft.
Stinson Municipal (SSF) in San Antonio: 500 displaced pets (dogs, cats, etc.) are temporarily being housed in a hangar at the airport.
San Antonio International (SAT) in San Antonio: Airlines parked their aircraft at the airport.
Coulter Field (CFD) in Bryan: Unscathed, minimal damage off airport property.
Easterwood Field (CLL) in College Station: No damage.
RWJ Airpark (54T) in Baytown: The FBO was heavily damaged, and there is no power in the area. Airplanes in hangars on the field were not damaged, with the exception of one.
Sunrise Beach (2KL) in Sunrise Beach Village: No damage.
Collaboration between the German government, academia, and airplane manufacturers may make future aircraft cabins more protective of pilots and passengers. The Safety Box team plans to apply auto racing technology to general aviation.
A father and his 14-year-old son were helping another pilot ferry a newly purchased aircraft from California to their home field in Virginia. The three made an overnight stop in Albuquerque before flying on to Illinois for fuel. But shortly after they parked the aircraft in Marion, Ill., they were approached by as many as 18 uniformed and non-uniformed law enforcement officers who came running toward the airplane.
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