Mt. Vernon Register-News

December 14, 2013

Airport seeks new equipment


---- — MT. VERNON — Recent snow has shown a need for new snow removal equipment at the airport.

Chris Collins, airport manger, brought attention to the issue, stating airport crews have been experiencing problems dealing with the out-of-date equipment.

The airport currently owns a 1978 Ford diesel with a 10 foot blade on the front, which in the past sufficed for what the airport needed.

"Although our snow fleet is aging it has, in the past, been adequate for the two to four inches we usually see," Collins said.

Collins and the crew have been looking for a comparable snow plow which can be attached to the unit now used. Collins reported he found a truck 20 years newer than the existing one, priced about $30,000.

"We could have really used it last week," Collins said. "The crew started clearing the snow off the runway at 4 a.m. and didn't finish until 11 a.m."

Collins asked for the board to approve consulting with Ford Square about the plow. The board granted approval for the research of the plow, but not the purchase.

The Airport Board further discussed the plans of the expansion for the Avionics Lab.

Rich Carney, president of SRT Aviation, updated the board on the plans. He proposed using space already inside the SRT building. The lab would need to be 8x16 feet, Carney said. He indicated the lab could be built at the back of the hanger around the pre-existing window, and said there is a need to use natural light for inspection of avionic electronics.

"The natural light is critical for inspection of electronics," Carney said.

A rough estimate was presented to the board of $4,500 for the lab. A few modifications will be needed to enclose the area for lab use, under Carney's proposal.

In other business, the board:

n Heard requests for change orders for Innovation Park; and

n Discussed revitalization of taxiways E and B.