The threat to Hartford Brainard Airport appears to have been greatly exaggerated. Earlier this year there were press reports about a plan to redevelop land along the Connecticut River, including an improved trash-to-energy generating system. The project reportedly would have affected the airport. AOPA contacted city officials, including a personal visit between AOPA President Phil Boyer and Hartford Mayor Eddie A. Perez. The mayor affirmed that Brainard is important to the city and, in a recent letter to Boyer, said, "I believe that Brainard Airport should be a part of any future economic development planning for the South Meadows. Today, the airport serves a number of important business and recreational purposes. Looking to the future, an improved Brainard would be a terrific asset and possible catalyst for the growth of economic activity in this important business district."
June 9, 2006