And while Ky Ford also supports the terminal expansion, he attended the open house for a different reason — to see what other growth was being proposed for the flight line.
Ford and his family live on nearby Iowa Street and are concerned about the noise coming from another tenant at the airport, the Wood Group Pratt and Whitney Test Cell, located on Colorado Avenue. The company tests aircraft engines.
Ford said the company frequently runs loud engines for sustained periods of time, and his family finds it disturbing.
Out of curiosity, he purchased a decibel meter, which he said registered the noise at about 100 decibels, which he said is well over the acceptable limits for the FAA and OSHA.
While he can hear the passenger aircraft take off, he said, the noise is not very loud and is quickly finished. But he fears for what may later be housed along the eastern perimeter of the flight line and its impact on the houses nearby.
Bruce Huffman, an aviation business consultant from Upper Jay, was pleased with what the Master Plan hopes to achieve.
“I think it’s a very, very rational and reasonable approach to keep the airport viable,” he said.
In reviewing the documents, he noticed that 99 percent of the project would be funded with state and federal funds, with modest local contributions.
“If they (county) don’t pursue this very economical and rational plan, then you’ve denied to community,” Huffman said.
“But the airport’s just one component. Before a business will relocate to the North Country, they are going to expect reasonable infrastructure and an educated workforce.”