Housing developments just don't make good runway approach lighting systems. But the Hermosa Ranch development proposal would plunk 32 houses along Wickenburg Municipal Airport's extended runway centerline and less than a mile from the end of the runway. AOPA has written Wickenburg Mayor Ron Badowski to oppose the development's proposed location. Building houses in that area would pose a hazard to pilots and residents on the ground, create noise complaints, and threaten the airport's $8.4 million in federal investments for improvements. AOPA also reminded the city that the FAA has expressed its concern about the proposal.
March 23, 2007