St. Clair, MO, Mayor Sees Path To Airport Closure | 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

Airborne Unlimited-
Monday

Airborne-Unmanned w/AUVSI-
Tuesday

Airborne Unlimited-
Wednesday

AMA Drone Report-
Thursday

Airborne Unlimited-
Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 11.13.17

Airborne-Unmanned 11.14.17

Airborne 11.15.17

AMA Drone Report 11.16.17

Airborne 11.17.17

Airborne-YouTube

Airborne 11.13.17

Airborne-Unmanned 11.14.17

Airborne 11.15.17

AMA Drone Report 11.16.17

Airborne 11.17.17

Tue, Apr 03, 2012

St. Clair, MO, Mayor Sees Path To Airport Closure

Wants To Shutter St. Clair Regional Airport, Meets With FAA Officials In Washington, D.C.

St. Clair, MO, Mayor Ron Blum recently met with FAA officials in Washington, D.C., and returned saying that he has "a clear path for closure" of St. Clair Regional Airport (K39). FAA deputy associate administrator for airports Catherine Lang and others gave Blum four action items that would have to be addressed to move the closure forward.

Blum's reasons for wanting to close the airport are familiar. He says it has been losing money for several years, and the city has plans for development of a retail shopping complex on the site. Blum has been trying to close the airport since 2007.

There is some opposition to the airport closing coming mostly from pilots who actually use the field. They have filed several formal complaints, which Blum dismisses as being "hearsay," according to a report in The Missourian. "They haven't produced any actual documentation" to back up their claims, Blum said.

The steps outlined by the FAA for closing the airport include:

  • Getting a third appraisal done on the 80-acre airport property. This appraisal must be filed on proper FAA forms and follow FAA guidelines.
  • Providing a more complete explanation of what the net benefit to aviation will be by closing the local airport.
  • Providing a history of the facility itself and noting why it has been lagging financially compared to other area airports.
  • Why the city has not had the financial resources to fund the airport.

The matter is complicated by the city's acceptance of federal AIP grants as recently as 2006 for improvements to the facility.

Blum returned from Washington confident he'll be successful in closing the airport to make way for more shopping. He told the paper that the FAA wants to help the city, but they have to provide the proper documentation in the proper form to "be sure everything is on firm footing."

St. Clair is southwest of St. Louis, MO. The nearest airports to K39 are Sullivan Regional (KUUV), about 12 nm southwest of St. Clair, and Washington Regional (KFYG), about 13 nm to the north.

FMI: www.faa.gov, www.stclairmo.com/stclairmo/cityhall.htm

Advertisement

More News

Garmin Pilot Grows Feature Set For iOS And Android Mobile Devices

Multiple Features Added For Both Platforms Garmin has announced the addition of new features for the Garmin Pilot application for Android and iOS mobile devices. Garmin Pilot 6.2 f>[...]

AMA Drone Report 11.16.17: Drone Registration, Drone Journalists Jailed

Also: Terror Advisory, DRL Sim, SureFly Octocopter, Space Needle Drone Pilot, FAI-ASFC World Fly-In Expo A bill that includes a return to civilian drone registration has been inclu>[...]

Airborne-Unmanned 11.14.17: Drone Registration, AT&T's Flying COW, Pilot Charged

Also: Boeing Completes Acquisition, Drones For LAFD, DJI Seeks Transport Canada’s Help, Uber and NASA A defense authorization bill that includes a return to civilian drone re>[...]

Airborne 11.17.17: Cabri G2 Heli-Upgrade, NBAA/KSMO, USAF Pilot Shortage

Also: Electronic Flight Bags, SNC's Dream Chaser, flydubai Buys 225 737 MAX, Scottish Airshow Nixed The FAA has approved Service Bulletin 17-009 for the Guimbal Cabri G2 that allow>[...]

Airborne 11.15.17: XCOR BK, V-22 Osprey Milestone, GAMA 3rd Quarter Stats

Also: UK Airport Cancellation, Gone West: Robert Wagstaff, EASA Certifies Bell 505, USN's 1st MQ-4C Triton This is a heartbreaker, as we were big fans of XCOR Aerospace -- which fi>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2017 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC