Wood County airport plans reviewed
WILLIAMSTOWN -The Wood County Airport Authority on Tuesday reviewed the updated building plans for a new hangar.
“The original plans were for the hangar to be 8,000 square feet and the building plans we were given are for a 10,000-square-foot hangar,” said airport manager Terry Moore. “The bigger, the better and with the size, it will become the premier hangar at the airport.”
In July, the board approved the proposal made by Kenyon Cox, a local pilot and member of the airport’s marketing arm. Cox approached the board as a representative of River Road Inc., a local company and a tenant of the airport with planes stored there.
The hangar will be in the green space next to the airport employee parking lot inside the fence.
“The fence will have to be moved a bit, but with the size of this hangar, it will give the airport great capability in the future,” Moore said.
The building will not only include more than enough space for two sizable aircraft, but also heated floors, an office and restroom.
The hangar will be built by the local company on land rented to it by the airport. The contract has not been signed but will include a lengthy lease of at least 25 years after which time the hangar will belong to the airport.
It is unknown when the work on the new building will begin, but work on another personal hangar is expected to be finished in the coming weeks.
In March, the board allowed Glenn Hale, a tenant, to construct a 7,200-square-feet hangar near the AirEvac facility.
“These are the first new structures since I’ve been here and it is exciting to see the airport grow,” said Moore, who began work at the airport in 2007.
In other business, the commercial service by Silver Airways to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport reported 703 enplanements for August, which continues to be more than the past years for the month, airport officials said.
“It’s a little lower, but still really good,” said board secretary/treasurer Jeff McDougle.
Moore said he finally received the official passenger numbers for 2012, which included commercial and private numbers.
“We did break 8,000 passengers last year,” he said. “I think we are on track to break it again without the 550 expected charter passengers this year.”
Board vice president John Pfalzgraf pointed out that while the growth in people using the local service is nice, 10,000 is still the number the airport is looking for.
“But, again, 10,000 is the magic number,” he said.
Passenger numbers are important because airports that have at least 10,000 enplanements a year receive $1 million in federal Airport Improvement Project funds annually; airports with fewer passengers receive $150,000.
Fuel sales continue to be above average with more than 35,000 gallons of fuel sold at the airport last month.
“I expect it to fall back to the upper 20,000s this fall,” Moore said.
It is unknown why the airport has sold more fuel than expected all year, but Moore said he believes the National Guard is helping.
“We had five large helicopters come through last week on their way to Dayton from Savannah,” Moore said.
Last year the airport sold 309,000 gallons and with the monthly numbers this year, Moore said he expects to break that amount.