The University of North Carolina (UNC) is in the process of creating a new airport authority—the first step in building a new airport in Orange County—and AOPA has offered its active support.
AOPA has worked diligently for years to preserve the embattled Horace Williams Airport in Chapel Hill, N.C., or develop a replacement airport in Orange County. Recently, the state legislature granted the University of North Carolina system the right to create an airport authority, a necessary first step in developing a replacement airport, should Horace Williams ultimately be closed.
At a recent meeting with state aviation and UNC officials, AOPA Vice President of Regional Affairs Greg Pecoraro offered the association’s assistance.
“Having an airport in or near Chapel Hill is vital to the state’s air transportation system, and we are pleased to see the process moving forward,” Pecoraro said. “AOPA has been actively involved in this issue for many years. While we continue to encourage UNC to preserve Horace Williams, we want area residents to understand the importance and value of a keeping a general aviation airport in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area.”