Traverse City Record-Eagle

Latest News - Mobile

March 20, 2014

Airport interested in vacant Charter building

TRAVERSE CITY — New airport equipment changes will increase the space where pilots can make landing decisions such as whether to descend onto the runway or circle overhead.

Airports are supposed to keep that area, an imaginary trapezoidal space around the runway called the Runway Protection Zone, clear to keep people safe.

Cherry Capital Airport’s RPZ is expanding as the Federal Aviation Administration installs new equipment. Airport officials could buy the vacant Charter Communications building, located across the runway on South Airport Road, which falls within the expanded zone.

“We have to keep it clear for aircraft to approach into and out of the airport,” said airport Director Kevin Klein.

The Northwestern Regional Airport Commission authorized an engineering firm to approach Charter about purchasing the building. If the airport buys the building, it would be torn down, Klein said.

Klein said airport officials only plan to purchase other buildings in that area as they go up for sale. A handful of buildings next to the Charter building fall in the zone, Klein said.

“We’re not looking to boot anybody out,” Klein said.

New airport equipment guides pilots to land using satellite technology. Previously, pilots were more dependent on visuals to land.

The zone will shift if the airport can’t clear the area.

“If we don’t keep that area clear those decision points are at higher altitudes,” Klein said.

Text Only

Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Associated Press Video
Big Weekend For Atlanta Braves In Cooperstown - @TheBuzzeronFox Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth Bradley Cooper Explains His Voice in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot