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Furlough Fix Might Affect Airport Improvements

Thu May 02, 2013 4:32 pm

It is good that the air traffic control staffing has been corrected. I don't think anyone in our forum would dispute that. But we may have a "rob Peter to pay Paul" situation as a result. Don't get me wrong I am 100% glad that air traffic flow can be properly managed again by adequate staffing. It is good for the workers and for the general flying public. Most of us are probably not aware that other things may result however. TVC could be affected. This is probably just one of many examples to come.

Courtesy: Traverse City Record Eagle

Airport Could Lose Millions Meant For Runway Expansion

"Transportation department officials have not yet announced how they will use the flexibility provided in the legislation, but Klein said cuts to airport improvement funds are expected to provide a portion of the funding."

"The legislation puts at risk funding for $5 million to lengthen of Cherry Capital’s main runway. The project would allow commercial jets that use the airport to carry full passenger loads in the summer. The warmer, lighter air of summer provides less lift for the jets so they need more runway, and airlines currently compensate by carrying up to 14 fewer passengers."

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RE: Furlough Fix Might Affect Airport Improvements

Thu May 02, 2013 4:50 pm

Based on the decades it takes to get approval, purchase property, clear NIMBY, secure funding, I would say its a small price to pay for the good of the rest of the travelling public.

When times are tough and you have to cut spending, robbing Peter to pay Paul is standard practise.
This is a relatively small sum but if there are hundreds more like it the cost adds up. The airport is not shut down just limited at certains times of the year.

Maybe the silver lining we should be looking for in this is if a way is found to speed up the approval process for aviation project, that alone could save millions.
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RE: Furlough Fix Might Affect Airport Improvements

Mon May 06, 2013 2:14 pm

Apparently in the interest of getting the runway project done TVC has decided to dip into its financial reserves to pay for it. In the Editorial written by the Traverse City Record Eagle they explain how runway length has affected their air service and how it relates to the high fares fliers are complaining about at TVC.

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Editorial: Cherry Capital Wise To Use Reserves For Project

"But in a bit of fiscal bravery not often seen on the local level, the airport commission recently awarded a $2.95 million paving contract for the extension project, despite the uncertainty of federal funding. Airport manager Kevin Klein said this is the last phase of the project and the airport commission can dip into its $4 million reserve fund if it loses federal money.

That’s a wise and proactive decision. Even if the work chews up the reserve fund and there are no assurances the feds will repay it, this is an investment Cherry Capital must make."

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