Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Willis airport study still incomplete

Actor has plans for new airfield near Soldier Mountain

Express Staff Writer

A study to determine whether a private airport proposed by actor Bruce Willis for Camas County east of Fairfield would interfere with air space activities of other existing or proposed airports has not been completed, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration's northwest regional office in Seattle said Monday.

Willis has proposed building a jet-friendly airport with an 8,500-foot runway, presumably to benefit his ski area on nearby Soldier Mountain. The site is on the eastern edge of Camas County along U.S. Highway 20.

The FAA study, which began after Willis filed an application in June to build the field, was to have taken about 90 days. An FAA spokesman said it might be completed in another month.

One concern is whether approach and takeoff operations at Willis' airport would interfere with aircraft operating in and out of the proposed replacement airport for Friedman Memorial in an area designated as site 10-A east of state Highway 75 in southern Blaine County below Timmerman Hills, well east and south of the Willis site.

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