How the site was chosen was entirely dependent on the timeframe in which the airfield was established. Back in the 1920s and 1930s you literally just bought enough cleared land and put up buildings and facilities. State and federal regulations were relatively lax at that time. Locations such as farms were obviously well suited to airfield usage. Often the airport was created by a private aviator or aviation minded civic leader.
The airport at CHA
is named after John Lovell-manager of the Hotel Patton. Lovell realized that commercial aviation would become very important and convinced the City of Chattanooga to purchase a large amount of farmland for the purpose of opening a commercial airport. That was done in the late 1920s. The current airport at CHA
occupies only half of the property owned by the Chattanooga Airport Authority. Plans for the airport's expansion include a large jet maintenance center on the west side of the field and a parallel 10,000 foot runway. No land acquisition is planned, as the remaining undeveloped airport property can accomodate the expansion. All they need is a tenant for the maintenance facility and FAA funding for the runway.
"When a man runs on railroads over half of his lifetime he is fit for nothing else-and at times he don't know that."