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Aviation Board Continues to Move On with Improvements

December 22, 2011
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12/23/11 The Plymouth Aviation Board continues to plan for the future needs of the airport.

During a meeting on December 21, the board heard a report from Mark Shilling of Woolpert Inc., consultants for the board. Shilling reviewed the list of Capitol Improvement Projects (CIP) that will be submitted to the FAA. Among the projects are runway construction, widening of the runway and updating the layout plan.

Board members also heard a report from Airport Manager David Lattimer. Lattimer shared a number of potential areas of concern that need to be addressed.

The Board approved a contract with Ken Keller of Ft. Wayne Helicopters for the lease of office space at the airport for training. City Attorney Nelson Chipman had developed the lease pertaining to 560 feet of space. According to Board President Tom Flynn, the contract is a month-to month contract that stipulates the lease monthly cost will remain the same for a year period.

Lattimer said the hangar wait list remains at seven names. Lattimer said that he recommends the building of an additional T-hangar space. Lattimer also reported on the condition of the roofs of the airport terminal building, Hangar A and Hangar B. Lattimer said a roof inspection was conducted in November by a former roofing contractor and hangar tenant Bill Steinmetz. Lattimer showed pictures of the roofs that showed several areas of concern. Lattimer said, “The roofs on these buildings will need attention during warm weather next summer.”

In October, a surveyor working on behalf of Woolpert spent a week at the airport performing core borings of the runway and taxiways. Ten drillings were taken in the runway and three in the taxiways, according to Lattimer. The borings will be used as preparation for the runway construction in 2014.

Culver Academy has expressed an interest in resuming flight training for their students. In his recommendation, Lattimer said, “Your airport manager recommends we do everything possible to cause that flight training to occur at the Plymouth Municipal Airport.”

Fuel sales for November of this year totaled $9,554.66, up from $5,789.75 last year. October sales were $24,062.31. Flynn said the weather in October was good for flying and that there were a number of activities at Culver Academies that brought extra flights into the airport.

Carol Anders Correspondent

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