Running an airport is pretty easy … as long as nothing ever changes of course.
But today, an airport is a product of its environment, both locally and nationally, but also economically and politically … essentially everything and anything that’s happening both on and off the airport itself. Aircraft capabilities and requirements are constantly changing. The type of services that might have been valuable a few decades ago such as maintenance on radial engines or fabric covered airplanes is long gone and with them the need for the buildings those businesses once used. Even T-hangar requirements evolve now to a point where the options for electricity and running water are often expected.
The Town of Addison has spent much of the last year thinking about how the airport fits into the community. They’ve looked at how it functioned a few years ago and how it might need to function in the future. The recent Solicitation for Proposals for the property on Jimmy Doolittle Drive is just the tip of the iceberg however. Because updating an airport is expensive in both time and resources, no airport sponsor ( the Town of Addison) wants to make a mistake. Hence, the Town’s recent efforts to develop a strategic plan as a guiding document for the Airport Director and their team about what direction – or directions – they can expect the airport to move.
Addison Airport Radio’s Pete Combs spent some time recently with Town Mayor Pro Tempore Blake Clemens and City Council member Neil Resnick about the development of the airport’s strategic plan. Click the link below to listen to his report:
Believe it or not, we didn’t all make it to the ribbon cutting last week. They didn’t even save me a piece of cake for goodness sake.
It was quite a bit of fun though because we used aerobatic pilot Jan Colmer’s Extra 300 for the official chopping of the ceremonial cloth. Most fun – at least for him – was that our own Mayor pro Tempore, Blake Clemens rode front seat on the Extra at 15 feet off the runway. I’d say he looks like he had a pretty good time. Why not spend about a minute and a half here to watch the fun last Monday.
ADS ribbon cutting (click to view the video). BTW, should we ring YOU the next time we need a volunteer passenger?