The longest runway at Padgham Field Airport (35D) in Allegan,
Michigan is 4,300' long, which means it has to earn its keep as a
general aviation facility. That's been hard for many GA airports to
do through the long economic recession. The City of Allegan is
reportedly considering pulling the plug on its long-time FBO
partner, Dodgen Aircraft, which has ceased operations.
Mlive.com reports Dodgen has been through ownership changes
since it began operating the field's FBO in 1994. But City
Manager-Clerk Robert Hillard says Dodgen "recently laid off the
mechanics...at this point they're not providing fuel and they're
not operating the flight school to our knowledge." He adds that the
flight school's training aircraft was recently sold at auction.
On Dodgen's website, operator Jason Blair has posted an
announcement which reads, in part:
"The last two years have been extremely hard in this business.
Effective immediately Dodgen Aircraft is closed. Our bank, Fifth
Third, has called our loans which cover the assets of the company
and we have worked very hard on many options that could have
allowed for a solution; none have worked so far...Fifth Third bank
has taken over the assets and forced us to close the operation.
"I personally have appreciated many of the personal
relationships that have developed in my time as I worked to keep
Dodgen Aircraft operational at the Allegan Airport. I appreciate
the patronage of those of you who have chosen to do business with
us. If there is any way that that we find to change this, we will
let you know.
"We are working diligently to restructure and provide you with
new options at the Allegan Airport. Will keep post as to our