Three questions from Texas reader

Ray Brown, or Fredericksburg, Texas wrote with a few questions, followed by my answers:

Q1. How does an airpark protect it’s airspace? The traffic pattern from intrusions such as towers or power lines.

A1. There are a few ways an airpark can protect – or at least attempt to protect – its airspace. One way is an air avigation easement. Basically, this is an agreement between the airport and the neighboring property owners stating such things as height of protrusions, ie, antennas or buildings. If this is done prior to or during the construction stage it is usually easier to obtain for minimal effort or finances. It might be more difficult after the airport is open and operating, but certainly not impossible. Another way to achieve some level of protection is by public action from the public entity (city, county, port, state) that governs the zoning for the area.

Q2. Where is a good source for runway maintenance items; striping, blowers, etc.

A2. A good source for maintenance equipment and ideas is available from Airport Improvement. Paul Bowers operates this website and he has been involved in airport maintenance publishing for years.

Q3. Do you ever visit HOA meeting and give insights into the various issues in running an airpark?

A3. I have visited HOA meetings or airport/airpark management groups to discuss specific projects or problems. Usually I require a fee of $250 per day plus expenses. With today’s internet technology, the same can probably be done using an internet hookup with a Skype connection that allows both visual and audio for both sides. no cost to either side unless we spend an inordinate amount of time on the situation.