Thursday, March 10, 2016

’We’re trying to make this airport work’: Norwalk-Huron County Airport (5A1), Ohio

Harry Brady
The Huron County Airport Authority board and its supporters continue to work toward improving the facility.

At Monday’s meeting, the board members decided to address a hangar lighting issue.

Harry Brady, board president, said by replacing the former old-style, $100 bulbs, with new $25 bulbs, the airport can save about $4,000 per year on its electric bills.

“We’re trying to make this airport work,” Brady said.

Another airport goal is transparency of records.

Brady said the facility website contains all financial data, meeting notices and minutes.

In other business, the board approved the purchase of 4,000 gallons of 100LL fuel and 1,000 gallons of Jet-A fuel.

“The tanks are good to go,” Brady said. “They are checking the filters today (Tuesday).”

Until recently, Brady had been reluctant for the airport to re-enter the Jet-A fuel business after the facility had to scrap 3,000 gallons.

“We don’t want to scrap anymore fuel,” he said.

Brady said a local helicopter pilot has promised to begin buying the Jet-A at the airport when it returns. Brady said the board will also contact a local cropduster about returning to the airport with the addition of Jet-A fuel.

“I’m good with Jet-A if we can sell it and make a profit,” he said.

Brady said the airport is now competitive with fuel prices after establishing a price adjustment program, which is the average price of local airports.

“We’ve been adjusting the price on a regular basis and we’ve picked up another tenant,” he said. “We’ve also moved the building (house) to the maintenance hangar.”

In February, the airport sold about 113 gallons of fuel for a total of $597.

The board approved the payment of $14,538 of invoices.

The airport board will next meet at 5 p.m. April 11 at the airport.

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