February 12, 2014 Edition

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Lighting work continues at airport


Gloria Wilkerson
Staff Writer

Work continues on runway lighting and the airport has received approval from Universal Asset Management to remove equipment left behind in the building they occupied at the airport.

Commission Chairman Dan Coker told commissioners lightning has again knocked out the regulator controlling runway and taxiway lights, and new parts have been ordered and are on the way.

"Lights on Runway 4-22 have been repaired, and now 18-36 needs repairs completed," Coker said.

He also told the commission that the airport had received permission from UAM to dispose of material and equipment left behind when they moved away. He said Airport Manager Michelle Anthony will get in touch with an auctioneer and sell the items at auction. A tanker truck, airplane parts, landing gears and many other items will be included in the sale.

The airport will soon have cleaner runways, thanks to assistance from the city. The city of Walnut Ridge has agreed to keep a sweeper truck at the airport, where it can be stored inside. The airport will use it on runways and replace the brush as needed, and the city will maintain the machine.

Anthony informed commissioners about an event that will be held at the airport and the Wings of Honor Museum in April.

"The Wings of Honor Museum will hold its 16th annual airfield reunion and celebrate the airport's 72nd birthday April 11-12," Anthony said. "The airport will hold a fly-in, and I would like to furnish a breakfast here at the terminal for our pilots," she said. "The museum will be serving them lunch, and they will do something special for the veterans.

"I would like to see the airport buy a GoPro camera and give it away at a drawing for our pilots - just do a little something special for them."

She added that the Wings of Honor Museum would like to get the community involved in the weekend events, and they are looking for someone to provide music that Saturday afternoon.

If they achieve that goal, Anthony said she would like the commission's permission to provide hot dogs and hamburgers between 4 and 5 o'clock for those attending.

Free airplane rides during the event are another possibility commissioners discussed.

In other business:

  • Chairman Coker informed the commissioners that work on the V & B building's roof will resume not that the weather is better.

  • Anthony told the commission they have several old loans paid off and are doing well with current finances.

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