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Funding Sought for Texas Airport Crosswind Runway

July 17, 2014 - Fort Worth Meacham International Airport’s aviation advisory board meets Thursday night (tonight) in Texas to discuss the current status of funding and operational impact of the crosswind runway, 9/27. Airport management is soliciting funding to ensure the runway’s continued operation but has been unsuccessful in its efforts to secure any grant funding and would like to work with EAA members to convince the FAA and Texas Department of Transportation that the crosswind runway is worth saving.

“Crosswind runways are a large draw for any airport and provide an obvious and undeniable safety benefit to pilots and their passengers,” said Jack Pelton, EAA chairman of the board. “If Meacham is unsuccessful in securing funding for Runway 9/27, the closure of that crosswind runway would have an outsized, negative effect on general aviation pilots, because their smaller aircraft are more susceptible to the negative effects of gusting crosswinds than commercial operators in large aircraft.”

The advisory board will meet on Thursday, July 17, at 4 p.m. at TCC Corporate Training Center at AllianceTexas, located at 13600 Heritage Parkway, Suite 100, in Fort Worth. Meacham Airport management encourages EAA members to attend and speak on behalf of the GA community that utilizes the crosswind runway.

 Interested members unable to attend the meeting are encouraged to send written comments to Jeff Kloska, airport manager, by e-mail or U.S. mail directed to Jeff at KFTW; 4201 North Main St.; Fort Worth, Texas 76106.

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