Atlantic Airport Manager says business is good & Hangars are in demand


March 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Business is good at the Atlantic Municipal Airport. Airport General Manager Barry Reid said at Wednesday night’s City Council meeting, that fuel sales over the past year amounted to 49,600 gallons, which is 17,300 gallons more than 2010, but not as much as in 2009, during which 63,000 gallons were sold. The City realized a profit from the sale of aviation fuel over the past year, amounting to $13,000. He says that’s because crop dusters were able to get out more often and spray the fields.

Reid said also that all of the hangars at the airport are full, and there is a waiting list of at aircraft owners and operators hoping to shelter their planes. He says 28 planes are based out of the Atlantic Airport. Of those 28 planes, 18 are owned by 15 separate businesses. If the City decides to erect additional hangars, he says  it could apply for a grant from the State, which would pay 80-percent of the cost. The City would have to pick up the remaining 20-percent. And, pending a Federal grant approval, it’s hoped work can begin soon on the taxiway grading.

Reid said this will be a busy year out at the airport, for public events. There is the annual “Flight Breakfast” this summer, the “Fly Iowa” Aviation Promotion Group will be in Atlantic September 15th – details will be available as the event draws near on the group’s website – but, Reid says there will be a 90-minute airshow, sky divers and stunt pilots.  And, just like last year, there will be a circus held on the airport grounds. Additional details on those events are forthcoming.

In other business, the Atlantic City Council Wednesday: Approved amendments to the Fiscal Year 2012 Budget; Passed a resolution authorizing bids for improvements to the Street Maintenance Building; Approved the purchase of an asphalt paving machine from Puckett Equipment, Incorporated for $44,365; and, approved resolutions establishing fund balance policies that protect the Volunteer Fire Department’s funds, and amended a section of the City’s Personnel Policy pertaining to its health insurance plan.