Two general aviation airports will continue to serve north-central Arizona, thanks to a successful campaign by the Arizona Pilots Association and AOPA. Responding to widespread support for the airports in the Prescott-Flagstaff area, the Yavapi County Board of Supervisors last week voted unanimously to reject a proposal to close Sedona and Cottonwood airports and build a regional airport at an undetermined location.
APA President Arvin Schultz presented the case for preserving the two airports. His arguments were supported by many others at the board meeting, including Al Comello, president of the Sedona Airport Supporters Association, Yavapi County Attorney David Hunt, and AOPA Airport Support Network volunteer David Swarthout.
Of Arizona's 17,500 pilots, nearly 56 percent are AOPA members.