Questions Raised About Remote Alaskan Airport | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 08.31.15

Airborne 09.01.15

Airborne 09.02.15

Airborne 09.03.15

Airborne 09.04.15

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Airborne 08.31.15

Airborne 09.01.15

Airborne 09.02.15

Airborne 09.03.15

Airborne 09.04.15

EAA/ANN AirVenture Innovation Preview

AIP-#1 Vimeo

AIP-#2 Vimeo

AIP-Part 1 YouTube

AIP-Part 2 YouTube

Sun, Oct 02, 2011

Questions Raised About Remote Alaskan Airport

Some Calling The $77 Million Project 'The Airport For No One'

An airport planned for a remote island between the Bearing Sea and the Pacific Ocean is being ridiculed by some as an "airport for no one," because it will be accessible only by helicopters or hovercraft.

Alaska DOT Map Showing Hovercraft Route

The $77 million project is planned for the isolated community of Akutan located near the end of the Aleutian Island chain, but the runway is not on the same island as the village. It will be separated from the people it serves by six miles of open water that is often described as "turbulent."

The cost of the planned airport is about $64 million, according to a report in the Alaska Dispatch, but the total cost of the project, which includes a hovercraft shuttle for passengers and airport workers adds $13 million, bringing the total price tag to $77 million. But officials are not sure that the hovercraft solution is practical, meaning that the airport would be accessible only by helicopter.

The runway would accommodate airplanes up to 40 passengers. Currently, the only access to Akutan is through a seaplane base, but the only aircraft that has been consistently reliable in terms of range and ability to handle the rough conditions is the Grumman Goose, which is becoming scarce and difficult to maintain. Peninsula Airways, the primary carrier into Akutan, says they won't be able to sustain the aircraft for much longer.

The primary employer in the region is a fish processing plant which has a seasonal workforce of as many as a thousand. The airport would help those workers get close, but not all the way to their jobs. The permanent population is about 100, according to CNN.

Peninsula Airways is currently the beneficiary of about $700,000 in subsidies through the Essential Air Service program. Company vice president Brian Carricaburu says that could be substantially reduced by using larger aircraft at the new airport.

FMI: http://dot.alaska.gov

Advertisement

More News

Parsing The Model Aircraft Advisory Circular

Attorney Jonathan Rupprecht Finds Several Issues With The FAA's New AC On August 10, 2014 FAA accidentally canceled AC 91-57, which had been around for a little more than 34 years.>[...]

Rockwell Collins Debuts Pro Line Fusion For Commercial Helicopters

Avionics On Display At The China Helicopter Exposition Following integration into 20 aircraft ranging from business jets to military flight decks, Rockwell Collins will unveil Pro >[...]

Airborne 09.03.15: Falcon 9 Delayed, UAV 'Favor' Fined, Impounded In The UK

Also: Rob Holland's Gold, API: Innovative Aviation Content, Master Instructors, Wallops' New Launch Command Ctr, Webb Space Telescope, Satellite Broadband Network, Another FAA Fine>[...]

AeroSports Update: Cubs Vs Champs

In The Lee Bottom Flying Field Event Contest, Piper Cubs Win The First Round Of The Champs Vs Cubs Challenge Lee Bottom Flying Field, an airport favored by grassroots aviators, wil>[...]

AD: Vulcanair S.p.A. Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2015-18-01 PRODUCT: Vulcanair S.p.A. Model P.68R airplanes.>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2015 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC