set for April 27
Much of the discussion among Cleveland Municipal Airport Authority members on Friday revolved around tidying up loose ends and working on minor discrepancies at Cleveland Regional Jetport.
One topic of discussion was the Instrument Approach Procedures scheduled for FAA publication on June 27.
Board member LeRoy Rymer Jr. said the airport opened less than three months ago and no one should expect it to be perfect at this stage.
“Frankly, I am amazed we are getting our instrument certification as quick as we are,” Rymer said. “Usually it takes a year and a half to two years to do this.”
He commended PDC Consultants for surveying the runway for the approach after the first pouring of concrete.
“I think we’re ahead of schedule. We get these little things from people and stuff like that and I tell them this is still a startup business,” he said.
“So far it has gone very, very well. I’m proud of where we are at this stage of the game.”
Fidler reported $5,700 in fuel sales on April 6 and an increase in the number of flight students.
In the first three months, the airport has sold 1,331 gallons of aviation gasoline and about 3,500 gallons of jet fuel, which equals about $21,000 of products sold in the first quarter of operation.
Fixed-base operator Taylor Newman said sales and traffic should increase as pilots discover the airport and what services are available.
An open house on April 27 is scheduled. It will include airplane rides for $15 each.
Airport Authority Chair Lynn DeVault said she was surprised no one has complained about the rainwater runoff from the storm on Wednesday.
She expressed concern that the drainage ditch where the sewer line was laid is deep enough.
“It’s not unusual to have that much runoff during construction. I was just concerned and trying to observe if the ditch seemed deep enough or not deep enough to a lay person like me,” she said.
Fidler reported the ditch is not deep enough because the dirt was simply pulled in over the sewer line with a backhoe.