After hearing a report on airport rules and regulations deemed “nothing major” from Hans Lutjens, representing the safety committee, the board moved on to discussing the airport’s recently purchased localizer.
“Our localizer was about 22 years old,” said Chairman Bob Hite. “Within two years any part’s now reconditioned and within two years it won’t even be available. So we avoid the rush to buy a new one.”
In addition to obsolescence, nature spurred the board to purchase a localizer, which sends out radio signals directing aircraft to the airport. Lightning struck the old localizer more than a month ago, frying it through the power line, and the airport has been operating without one ever since.
The new localizer cost $107,000, Hite said, and he expected to have it sometime January 2014, as there is a four month lead time.
In addition to the localizer, the board discussed other safety issues in the form of purchasing a sign marking the north end of the runway, cutting down trees on the property and the possibility of cutting additional amounts of grass next to the runway.
Lutjens said the last issue was one he heard during the safety committee’s meeting. Ultralight pilots, he explained, were concerned about the high grass next to the runway, as it could overturn their lighter aircraft if they were to go off the tarmac. Hite suggested additional sections of the grass could be cut on a regular schedule, such as every third mowing. No motion was made on the suggestion.
In other business, the board approved Dan Porta as the authority’s grant administrator. The board also approved minutes from its previous meetings.