Airport gets upgrades

Vincent said some neighbors presume that the runway extension means bigger aircraft and increased traffic at the state airport.

"Not true," he said. "The extension will displace the southern threshold and improve landing safety margins and enable pilots to make a higher approach thereby lessening aircraft engine noise. It will be a good improvement for everyone. The pilots will feel safer and the neighborhood will be quieter."

Vincent said the airport has been receiving a little less traffic in recent months due to the recession. But overall, the facility remains popular with small charter business operators and private and recreational pilots. J&M Aviation's commercial and private aircraft painting service has also seen an increase in business.

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