Name an airport threat, and Hilton Head Airport has probably faced it — or is facing it now. Within the past couple of years, issues involving runway extension for increased safety and better airline access, treetop removal, general aviation landing fees, mandatory VFR flight paths, and hangar rental have hovered around the airport. That's why AOPA Vice President of Airports Bill Dunn traveled to Hilton Head last weekend to meet with local and state officials and attend the Airport Appreciation Day. He spoke with Beaufort County Councilman Stu Rodman, the county aviation board chairman Dave Ames, and state Rep. Richard Chalk about the importance of protecting the airport and keeping it affordable for general aviation pilots to be based at and fly into the airport. Hilton Head Airport Support Network volunteer Patty Blackmon also attended the Airport Appreciation Day and displayed AOPA information about GA airports to help community residents understand the benefits of the facility.
June 29, 2007