FFKid- Ok, yes, it is true the lot serves all of those other locations, but it is still a very small amount of cars present on a typical day. For regional jet 121 ops at BKL, it would be plenty adequate except for football Sundays or other busy days. In that situation, pax would be like everyone else in downtown and have to work hard to find a parking spot. Arguably the bigger issue at hand would be A) getting Coex to give up their exclusive operational rights to the airport, and B) updating the lower levels of the terminal to accomodate modern and secure 121 operations.
Riddle- The LOC BC 6L
no longer exists. There is now a full ILS 24R (DA of 856 (273 AGL) with 1 NM
viz, LOC 24R gets you down to 1160 with 3/4 NM
viz. A standard 3 degree glideslope was finally installed after the CPP plant removed 5 smokestacks that would have encroached into the signal path. Reason for the higher than standard viz requirements on the full ILS is because of a remaining tall smokestack that is just to the left of the localizer course....if you want to go all the way down to 856, you had better have the stack in sight and be right on the localizer. In terms of obstructions in the area, yes, there are plenty of cranes and shipmasts to be aware of, but these would only become an issue if an aircraft knowingly went below what would be considered a normal glidepath to the runway threshhold.
Regarding noise, it is usually not too much of a factor because the standard IFR divergent departure from the airport is a turn to 350, climb to 2000, putting you over Lake Erie. It is only in rare instances where aircraft get assigned fly runway heading (and therefore possibly encroach on noise sensitive areas such as Bratenahl). The reason for the divergent departure procedure is because we are directly under the final approach path for CLE
Rwy 24s. Aircraft inbound to CLE
when conducting visual approaches are instructed to cross downtown no lower than 3000....the BKL departures are at 2000, this provides the standard 1000' vertical separation for within a terminal environment.
Regarding runway strength, again, it's not an issue. The airport regularly receives assorted sports charters in aircraft ranging in size up to the 757-200, and on a daily basis receives everything from a BBJ
to a Cub.