Sunday, January 27, 2019

Reading Regional Airport (KRDG) raises landing fees: The board also reorganized and got a briefing on its priorities for the year

Bern Township, Pennsylvania - The Reading Regional Airport Authority approved an increase in its landing fees Tuesday, raising them to $1.50 per 1,000 pounds of maximum takeoff weight, up from 83 cents. Raising landing fees came up in October, during a discussion of a looming fiscal crisis driven by the authority's debt.

Terry Sroka, airport manager, also identified priorities for this year, which included: continuing the taxiway "C" extension; the $2.4 million repair of the west and north aprons, currently in the design phase; repair of the terminal apron and parking lot, with a $552,750 state grant funding the latter; and the need to acquire airfield maintenance equipment.

The authority also reorganized, reinstating its leadership team: Michael Setley as chairman; Randall Swan, vice chairman; Edwin Stock, solicitor; and Herbein + Co. Inc., auditor. Meetings will continue to be on the third Tuesday of each month at 9 a.m.

In other business:

The airport hosted a seminar on drones in its terminal on January 24th to educate owners of unmanned aircraft systems on federal regulations regarding their use near an airport. It addressed safety tips and answer common questions.

The session was held because the Federal Aviation Administration requires licenses to fly drones and few owners know enough about the regulations. Although a few pilots have reported seeing drones near the airport, the authority offered the seminar to be proactive before an incident occurs, Sroka said.

The Mid Atlantic Air Museum has asked for 10 acres for overflow parking on airport grounds during its World War II Weekend, scheduled for the weekend of June 7-9. Event parking is shifting to the nearby fairgrounds this year, with 10 acres inside the fence near the old GPU building serving as overflow, Russ Strine, the museum's president, said in a phone interview.

Sroka said he is working with the FAA on runway approach and taxiway clearances with this in mind. The new parking area must be fenced and staffed with security. The museum also will have to increase its liability insurance, Sroka said.

Roxanne McMurtry of Herbein reported that the authority had "a very successful audit," receiving the highest rating given. There were no findings or issues in the audit. There are not many variances in expenses and the airport runs close to its budget, but it is facing a loss of $1.9 million.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.readingeagle.com

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