Wednesday, April 30, 2008

FAA poring over airport sites

Which are ‘aeronautically’ acceptable?

Express Staff Writer

Technicians in a variety of airport expertise at the Federal Aviation Administration are poring over possible sites to replace Friedman Memorial Airport to determine which ones are "aeronautically" acceptable.

The official managing the FAA's Environmental Impact Statement study, Cayla Morgan, said Tuesday that she has conferred with EIS consultant Landrum & Brown on its initial examination of sites before submitting the data to other FAA experts for more intense technical review.

By "aeronautically" acceptable, Morgan said that means potential sites would comply with requirements spelled out for inclusion in the air traffic control system, among other things.

"We're circulating them (proposed sites) so everyone can look at them from every angle in their field of expertise and then we'll know which are aeronautically acceptable," Morgan explained.

A final public statement on acceptable sites will come in late June, she said. An earlier report that the work would be publicized in April was a misunderstanding: she said the mid-April date was for meetings between the FAA and Landrum & Brown officials.

Meanwhile, she said the city of Fairfield still had not submitted any supporting information on its March announcement it would seek to become a sponsor or cosponsor of a new airport.

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