Airport plan brings few benefits to the whole community
In reply to the “Letter to the Editor” of Feb. 8, “What are the obstacles to airport plan?” we offer the following comments and observations.
As a preface we will make it clear that to the best of our knowledge no one has or is suggesting that Grove Field be closed. We have a very nice recreational airport that serves our community well and it is our hope that we keep it that way . Its current size and commitment is consistent with its rural residential location and the needs of our community.
As an aside, Pearson Airport off Highway 14 in Vancouver has unused capacity and is of such a size that it can accommodate a much broader community of aircraft than Grove Field could ever accommodate after spending $10 million of federal money that is being offered. Also we see no reason for South West Washington’s displaced aircraft to find it necessary to move out of state as indicated in the above referenced editorial. Pearson would love to have them.
Rotating the current runway, as suggested, will put it in a direct alignment with the adjacent mobile home park to the east there-by creating more of a safety problem with no plan it sight to purchase the mobile home park and shut it down. The FAA has stated that it does not have the money to buy the park and furthermore it seems to be an acceptable hazard to the operation of Grove Field in the “eyes” of the Federal Aviation Administration.
Shifting the runway and making it longer will then locate the western end in a direction that will have a more disadvantageous environmental/noise impact on the plans the City of Camas has for developing high end residential and compatible commercial operations on land currently referred to as the “Johnston Dairy”. Also it is our understanding that of the 80 or so aircraft currently based at Grove Field only 40 are certified “flyable” which leads us to wonder why we would support a project that might just have a disadvantageous impact on a pristine residential area.