By Stuart Hirsch
The Herald Bulletin
ANDERSON, Ind. —
A better economy helped boost the number of flight operations and fuel sales at Anderson Municipal Airport in 2012 over 2011, according to Manager John Coon.
There were 15,100 takeoffs and landings in 2012, compared to 13,913 in 2011, an increase of 9 percent,
During the same period, fuel sales posted a modest increase of 1 percent, even though two jet aircraft permanently based at the airport had 60 percent fewer operations, he added.
May was the busiest month with 1,715 flight operations in 2012, versus 1,228 in 2011.
Coon said he thought most of the increased activity was related to events at Anderson Speedway.
In addition to more flight operations, Coon said all 66 of the airport’s general aviation hangars are currently leased, and he wants to develop plans to build more.
Airport staff completed the installation of new lights on the north-south runway (18-36).
This year, he hopes work on a new airfield electrical vault will be completed at a cost of $430,000. A generator was installed as part of that project, Coon said, which will allow the airport to remain operational even if there is a power outage.
He also hopes to begin planning a project to repave the airport’s main 5,400-foot runway. Coon said the plan is to design the work this year, put it out to competitive bid and begin paving next year, and complete the work in 2015.
One disappointment last year was that providing alternative parking and a shuttle service to Anderson University during the Indianapolis Colts training camp in July and August didn’t generate any additional air traffic.
Coon said he plans to offer the same service this year, and hopes that the team’s unexpectedly good performance this season will translate to more excitement and additional air traffic this summer.
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