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May 20, 2010
AOPA ePublishing staff
Sometimes, relocating an airport is a good move. That’s the case for Colville Municipal Airport in Colville, Wash. The airport is boxed in by development, and for years the FAA has refused to invest money in the airport at its current location.
Instead of opting to close the airport, Colville city officials have recognized the value of general aviation to their community and are proposing to relocate the facility to an area where it can thrive. Although city officials are trying to estimate the cost of relocating the airport, the first step would be to select a location.
Selecting a new location for the airport “will result in greater safety for the citizens by enhanced emergency medical and firefighting response, removal of public gathering places from critical safety areas, and a greater ability to attract economic development opportunities not possible with the current airport,” AOPA Manager of Airport Policy John Collins wrote to the city.
AOPA encouraged the city to continue including the community and pilots in the process to address all concerns associated with relocating the airport.
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.