Traverse City Record-Eagle

November 1, 2013

Visibility restrictions lifted early at Cherry Capital

BY ANNE STANTON astanton@record-eagle.com
Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — TRAVERSE CITY — Inbound travel to Cherry Capital Airport no longer will be hampered by tighter visibility restrictions that went into place after an extended runway was completed in early October.

“It is great news. We are happy,” said Kevin Klein, airport director.

The approval came Wednesday evening, a couple of weeks earlier than Klein anticipated.

With normal operations resumed, aircraft may now land with a 200-foot cloud ceiling and one-half mile of visibility.

The airport has been running under tighter restrictions of a 900-foot ceiling and two miles of visibility since the extended runway was built. Federal Aviation Administration officials were slated to restore a portion of the instrument landing system for the runway and publish the new procedures, but action stalled when the government partially shut down on Oct. 1.

The FAA was pressured to continue the needed work by Cherry Capital Airport officials, Congressional leaders, the airport’s three airlines, and the U.S. Coast Guard Commander Sean Cross, Klein said.

“It’s through everyone’s efforts that we were able to get this done,” Klein said. “Commander Cross continued to work this issue and the pressure on the FAA really paid off.”

The FAA effectively issued a notice of the instrument landing procedures to airmen and will officially publish them on Dec. 12, Klein said.