Saturday, May 19, 2007

A New Airport?

To hell with moving in next to the airport and complaining about the noise. What if the airport moves in next to you?

Looks like they're talking about relocating the
Mckinleyville Airport. The question I have is, where would you move it to?

18 Comments:

At 11:21 AM, Blogger Carol said...

And just where would they put a new airport that doesn't have fog, residences, or mountains? Rohnerville airport would be too small and noisy.

 
At 11:33 AM, Blogger Fred said...

I don't know. Maybe somewhere in Mendocino County? :-)

 
At 12:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fortuna?

 
At 1:32 PM, Blogger Fred said...

I suppose, but Fortuna already kinda has the Rohnerville airport.

 
At 4:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Put it on Arcata Bay. Make it a seaplane port.

 
At 5:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Carol and Fred,

Rohnerville airport's runway is actually not too small; it has been the base of operations for the CDF water tankers to fight fires over the years. I remember riding my ten speed over to watch the old converted world war two bombers land and take off during fire fighting season.

I do believe there is enough property to further expand the runways as well. As far as putting in a terminal, I dont think that would be too huge of a problem, but access from highway 101 would certainly need to be vastly improved.

 
At 6:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fortuna seems like a logical option. McKinleyville is a disaster, as anyone who flies frequently knows. Our area needs more reliable, expanded air service and will not get it in McKinleyville.

 
At 9:18 PM, Blogger Carol said...

I use to own property near Rohnerville Airport and those CDF water tankers went right over my house. Noisy and they fly low. Drake Hill Rd. would have to be developed, which would mean having to tear down some residences to straighten out the road down on the end near 101. Starvation Flats in Alton? (You might have winter flooding) Also, the fog can get thick up the Eel River and Van Duzen River. What about the City of Eureka airport on Samoa? (Again, I think the fog would be an issue.)

 
At 11:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is actually a very good spot just north east of the current airport location. Off the A line is a spot that local pilots have pointed out for some time. It is a sweet spot,as they say. If you want the down low on it, I'd suggest contacting Charles Wilson in Orick . He is the most up to date on it, I would think.

 
At 1:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Having talked to the previous airport managers, I was told that McKinleyville is far enough from the hills and has a vacant flight path that other areas don't have and has even purchased property north of the airport for expansion. Heard it was the only spot FAA approved for passenger service.

Planning Commission seems to be intent on changing things that would be included in the new plan - like the comment that we need more expensive houses as where are our doctors going to live. Now the airport. There is an airport committee that meets and wonder what they would think about this.

 
At 2:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We need to bring back Blimps. A full services blimp could utilize the latest in spectral radar imagery, negating the effects of the fog. It could land at any decent facility. Plus the blimps could have restaurants, bars and massage parlors.

 
At 3:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The cpounty should team up with the city of Arcata to relocate the ariport and Endeavor to the same location. Doing that will guarantee lots of grant money for studies, consultants, and trips and nothing actually being accomplished since both uses will be NIMBYed away.

 
At 9:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why not use the freeway? It's already built, and you could just stop traffic for a short while during takeoffs and landings.

 
At 1:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually- when local gov'ts have issues they DONT wantt to face-
(Meth epidemic, crime, gangs, etc.) Airports and skateparks always come up. Dont buy it folks. Our airport is just fine.

 
At 3:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The suggestion for a move is such an ignorant one that I don't know where to start. First, find me 800 to 1,000 flat acres. The airport is 800 acres. Second find me such a place with out hills that would allow a 3% glide slope for landing. The runway length would have to be 7,000 feet. BTW, the Rohnerville runway is about a half mile too short for passenger traffic and the airport is less that a quarter of the size of Arcata. There is not enough land to get the full sized runway there in line with the prevailing winds. The actual number of flight delays due to our weather is small. And so on and so on... It's really sad when the paper won't actually talk to someone who knows what they are talking about before they print something like that.

 
At 4:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

3:35 you need to read 11:51's post. As I recall Mr.Wilson and other pilots pointed this location out.

 
At 8:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

... and who has the millions to pay for it? And who would allow it to be developed? Be real, given how much controversy there is over trying to get a small subdivision done in this County, do you really think that this could be built?

No, I don't think the current site is the best. I'd also would like to be able to fly just by flapping my arms...

 
At 6:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are many airports that aren't perfect. I think ours is okay most of the time. It has a very low incident rate and there is room to expand if needed.

Also, what the heck? Doctors who are thinking of moving here want cheaper houses, Dude! I have one to tell and a new one can't afforf it! Our housing is too expensive for people coming from certain areas, like the south, central US (midwest), Texas, etc.

But guess what? It's not the housing that is the problem with doctors and professional health care people. It's St. Joseph's Hospital and their idiotic ways of treating talented professionals! Bring back General Hospital! Or, let's all support Mad River Hospital- I hear they are really stepping up to the plate and people are heading that direction when they can.

 

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