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July 28, 2010
By AOPA ePublishing staff
Owners of Cook Airfield, Inc., in Derby, Kan., got the go-ahead July 21 to lengthen the airport’s runway by 1,000 feet. The airport owners requested that the county vacate a road south of the airport in order to expand.
During the July 21 hearing by the Sedgwick County Board of County Commissioners, 15 residents spoke in favor of the expansion, while 11 spoke against it. Ultimately, the board voted 3 to 2 to approve the runway extension.
This should encourage more aviation service providers to base at the airport and bring more business to the area. AOPA had written to the board, expressing its support for the growing general aviation airport.
Only 10 percent of the aircraft excise taxes that Washington aircraft owners pay go to the Washington State Division of Aeronautics, while the other 90 percent go into the general fund. AOPA is advocating for legislation that would direct 100 percent of the tax to aviation use.
A Seattle pilot on a ferry flight from California to Maui deployed his airframe parachute near Hawaii and was videotaped by the Coast Guard.
Piper’s latest edition of the Meridian pressurized turboprop features updated avionics and six seats in club configuration for $2.26 million.
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