Russellville-County Airport still growing
by Chris Cooper Managing Editor
The Russellville-Logan County Airport is one of the community’s biggest assets, sitting in a field just off of Hwy. 100. The airport has been a part of Logan County for years and years, connecting local businesses to the outside world, and bringing in economic development to the county. The airport also acts as an important training facility for the military, and supplies local flying enthusiasts with a state-of-the-art facility.
The airport, built in 1966, has continued to grow throughout the years. In 2008, the airport expanded from 68 acres to 84 acres. In 2009, a brand new $760,000 terminal building was constructed with all of the amenities to make a pilots stay comfortable, also offering a meeting room and office space. In that same year, the board approved the installation of above-ground and self-serve Jet A and AV-gas tanks, and also made improvements to a parking apron extension. In 2011, they added LED runway lights, GPS approach, and PAPI lights at the end of the runway.
Some new and exciting growth will soon be seen in less than two years with plans for extending the runway, which is currently 4,000 feet. This is expected to begin in 2015. The extension will allow larger planes to take off and land at the airport.
RB Hirsh, manager of the Russellville-Logan County Airport came to Tuesday’s Logan County Fiscal Court meeting to give magistrates an update on the airport. He said many local businesses were utilizing the airport reporting that companies such as Venture Plastics, Amtech, Griffin Industries (now Darling Company), H&H Sheet Metal and Knight Electric, were all flying in and out of the airport. This shows needs are being met for industry in the community.
Hirsh added that although one of Logan County’s largest industries, Logan Aluminum, uses the large meeting room at the airport, it does not utilize the airstrip due to the size of the aircraft it requires for business. Hopefully by expanding the runway this will change as well.
By growing the airport, said Hirsh, it will bring about additional economic development for Logan County businesses.
Hirsh talked about recent events held at the airport which include: Airport Day and a city/county training day. Along with local businesses, there are many others who are utilizing the airport as well including the Russellville High School, who now has implemented an aviation program, a local EAA group, a paint shop, and the United States Army, who completes military training there.
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