Debate: Is Foothills airport plus or minus for taxpayers?

Jul 29, 2012 Full story: Hickory Daily Record

Even with the June 5 FBI raid and questions about funding for Foothills Regional Airport, officials say the public benefits from owning the airport.

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Boone, NC

#1 Jul 29, 2012
Funny. The FAA spokeswoman quoted in the article doesn't actually know that those numbers are real - in fact, they aren't. She got the numbers from the annual report to the FAA filed by the airport, in which the number of operations and based aircraft are inflated. Even so, the FAA, in its 2012 national assessment of all airports in the country, downgraded Foothills Regional from a "regional" airport to a "local" airport due at least in part to the decline in airplanes based there, the decline in aviation operations (take-off and landings), and the decline in importance of the airport to the overall value, economy, and robustness of the community. Burke county has TWO airports (Foothills and Hickory). Hickory is still considered by the FAA to be a "regional" airport. Perhaps closing Foothills and increasing support for Hickory is the proper thing to do in these economic times, especially since the Foothills Regioanl Airport Authority evidently doesn't really know how to run an airport.

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