A new T-hangar is being built at the Logan County Airport. According
to Gene Rohlfs, 138 tons of rock has been brought in for part of the
construction process. Rohlfs also said that most of the paperwork
concerning the project has been finished, and that weather
permitting, concrete would be poured as part of the construction.
Next year will bring a new set of lights at the Logan County Airport
as a Transportation Improvement Program System project. The
committee looked at two possible types of lighting: PLASI, an
acronym for Pulse Light Approach Slope Indicator, and PAPI, an
acronym for Precision Approach Path Indicator. The lights in
question would be used to replace the lights along the runways at
Prior to the meeting, Rohlfs contacted an engineer to determine
prices for both systems as well as possible advantages to one over
the other. The engineer recommended to the committee that they look
into purchasing a new PAPI system. The advantages to such a system
include a cheaper price, easier installation and a lack of moving
parts, which makes for easier maintenance of the system after
As for pricing, an abbreviated PAPI system would cost somewhere
between $20,000 and $25,000. This is cheaper than the PLASI system,
although it was not said how much that system would be.
Guest Curt Fox mentioned that Lincoln is the only place he knows
of in the area that currently uses a PLASI system, and he recommends
that the committee follow the engineer's advice.
The committee members agreed that the advantages of a PAPI system
make the decision an easy one. All that is left to decide is whether
or not to purchase an abbreviated or a full system, and which
manufacturer to buy from.
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Rohlfs also provided the list of TIPS projects for 2014, 2015,
2016 and 2018. "They skipped 2017," he said.
Possible projects to be scheduled during those years include an
upgrade to the fuel farm and repairs to the runway. Speaking of the
runway, Bob Farmer reported that he had learned lightning has been
striking the runway, which has caused a series of pock marks to
appear on the runway.
Other possible projects for the future include a possible upgrade
to the drainage system, and, depending on the new hangar's status at
the time, a second new hangar could be built.
All committeemen were present: Gene Rohlfs, Rick Aylesworth,
Terry Carlton, Chuck Ruben and Kevin Bateman, as well as board
chairman Bob Farmer.
Curt Fox and Sam Evans were present as guests.
[By DEREK HURLEY]