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Pittsburg Commissioners approve airport improvement plan

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Pittsburg city commissioners have approved a 5-year "airport capital improvements plan", and that means possible changes for Atkinson municipal airport.

"What we hope to get accomplished, if we're given favorable funding from f-a-a to make improvements to the airport." says Pittsburg Public Works Director, Bill Beasley.

Beasley presented to city commissioners a 5 year improvement plan for the airport, consisting of high priority projects the airport could make if given the proper funding from federal aviation.

"We actually sent out questionnaires to various users of the airport. We brought in a consultant to assist us in preparing the master plan, and through the development of the master plan we came up with some capital improvements that we felt was necessary to the airport." Beasley says.

The first priority on the list extending runway 16/34 by 600 feet.

Although the airport is not currently fit for commuter planes, with the potential runway expansion...the possibilities are there.

"The jets the we are having are getting larger. And they need a longer runway in order to safely land and take off." Beasley says.

The airport currently takes flights from 8 privately owned jets, but Beasley says with the start of this runway expansion, the potential to grow is there.

"Maybe some jets that couldn't previously land at the airport may be able to land. And there's a good possibility if they land, that we can sell them fuel. So it will be a win win for us if that's the case." Beasley says.

The commission approved the master plan, and it will now be submitted for review by the FAA Once the FAA has the master plan, it will go to congress.. Which either approves or denies airport funding.

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