Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Norfolk Regional Airport (KOFK), Nebraska: Aiming for more hangars

More hangars for aircraft are being planned at the Norfolk Regional Airport.

The Norfolk Airport Authority recently voted to proceed with preliminary paperwork to add eight T-hangars. They’re to be part of the budget for 2015.

It’s proposed because the hangar space at the airport is full, said airport manager Terri Wachter, who in December was elected chairperson of the Nebraska Aeronautics Commission.

“We have 46 private aircraft here, and we have 36 T-hangars and three individual privately-owned hangars,’’ Wachter said. “Aviation is growing, and we are not prepared to accommodate that.’’

The Nebraska Aeronautics Commission has voted to forward Norfolk’s request and data sheet to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Estimated cost is just over $1 million. The FAA provides funds for projects as they become available. An interest-free loan through the state and some local funds would be involved as well, Wachter said.

Construction of a taxi lane is included in the project so there would be access to all the hangar doors of the building.

In other action, board members voted to allow the City of Norfolk to construct a sewage lift station, collection lines and main on the south airport property. It would be for the city’s extension of sewer service to properties south of the Elkhorn River along Highway 81.

Another wind farm?

The Norfolk Airport Authority is being advised of a plan for a 147-turbine wind farm about 17 miles northwest of the airport.

  An application reviewed by the FAA has determined the 427-foot-tall turbines wouldn’t pose a hazard to air navigation given the distance from the airport.

The wind farm would be located north of Tilden and Oakdale in the area of a new high-voltage line being planned by the Nebraska Public Power District between Hoskins and Neligh.

The project is proposed by Invenergy of Chicago, which already is building the 118-turbine Prairie Breeze wind farm about 30 miles southwest of Norfolk.

In November, the airport authority concurred with another FAA determination that an array of 23 turbines, planned about 16 miles southwest of the Norfolk airport, also wouldn’t impact air navigation.

Source:   http://norfolkdailynews.com

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