Sunday, December 28, 2014

Spitfire Aerodrome (7N7), Pedricktown, New Jersey: Oldmans Township discusses feasibility and improvement of public access airport

OLDMANS TWP. — The township committee is looking into the utilization of the small local airport in Oldmans, officials said Friday.

The Spitfire Aerodrome is a public municipal airport located on Airport Lane in the area of Interstate 295 in Oldmans Township and has caught the eye of a company interested in preserving the site.

Mark L. Stout Consulting, LLC. reached out to the township committee and expressed an interest in looking at a feasibility study to see if the airport is underutilized, according to Committeeman Cordy Taylor.

"They approached us to as if we would be willing to do a feasibility study — we are in the process of looking at what we can do to preserve or improve the airport. It is the only public use airport in Salem County," Taylor said Friday.

Representatives from Mark L. Stout Consulting were present at the last township committee meeting and gave a presentation on the potential of the small airport.

With this airport, Stout said he believes that there can be additional funding in the future specific to local aviation airports.

"If properly approached in the town, in collaboration with the county with a plan and purpose, we think funding can flow from preserving and improving this airport over time," Stout said at the last meeting.

While no action has been taken on the matter, Taylor said that officials are simply talking about the potential future of the airport.

Also, specific funding or costs were not provided.

"We can't leave any stone unturned. This kind of thing could possibly generate more employment, but you gotta do the ground work, we can't just go into this without looking at it," Salem County Freeholder Ben Laury said, who serves on the Public Safety and Transportation committee.

The next township committee meeting will be held at the municipal complex on Wednesday, Jan. 7 at 7 p.m.

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