May 20, 2010
By 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.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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