AOPA is working to ensure a Houston, Texas, general aviation airport stays open. In a meeting with key officials of Fort Bend County and the city of Arcola, Texas, AOPA Vice President of Regional Affairs Bill Dunn pledged the association's support in converting privately owned, public-use Houston-Southwest Airport (AXH) to a publicly sponsored airport. Acquisition by the county would allow the airport to receive federal airport improvement funding from the FAA. The airport has over 150 based general aviation aircraft.
"Fort Bend clearly has a forward-looking vision and understands that general aviation can be a tremendous economic generator for the county," said Dunn. "AOPA will assist in your effort preserve this vital GA airport," Dunn told Judge James Adolphus, head of the county commission.
The Houston area is still reeling from last year's closure of Houston Gulf Airport in League City. That privately owned airport was lost to development.
Photo: (From left) AXH President James Griffith, Jr.; Mayor Roy Jackson, Arcola; Bill Dunn; Fort Bend County Judge James Adolphus; Jerry Hooper, AOPA regional representative.