Airport investigates additional hangars |

Airport investigates additional hangars

It has been eight years since the Truckee Tahoe Airport District built hangars for small aircraft, but with conceptual approval by the Town Council, plans to acquire new property for small aircraft hangars will continue.

In their meeting Sept. 21 Town Council approved conceptual plans for the Truckee Tahoe Airport District (TTAD) to investigate building hangars on 22 acres of property designated for Planned Community 3 (PC-3) in the General Plan.

The conceptual plan will provide for the construction of 179,000 square feet of hangar space in 18 buildings and a 10,000 square foot warehouse. The proposed development is northwest of the existing airport facilities and about 1,300 feet away from Highway 267, according to Town reports.

“We haven’t acquired the property, and we haven’t continued with extensive plans to do so because we didn’t know how the Town would react to the concept,” Interim General Manager for the TTAD Phred Stoner said. “If we are able to acquire the property, and the Town continues to approve of the development, we will continue with plans.”

The Town heard opposition to the plan from residents who cited increased air traffic and noise problems.

“There is a saying, ‘If you build it, they will come,'” airport board candidate Parvin Darabi said. “More hangars would cause more airport traffic and noise.”

Incumbent board member Bob Marshall said there is currently a four-year waiting list for hangar space at the airport.

“Right now planes have to be kept on the tarmac, exposed to the elements,” he said.

“The hangars won’t promote growth because the airplanes are already here,” Neil Eskind, attorney for the TTAD, said. “The construction of Safeway did not increase the demand for supplies, it was constructed because limited supplies created the demand.”

Eskind added that engine block heaters, which can be used in hangars, will reduce air pollution because pilots won’t have to let their planes warm up as long during winter.

“When you’re 5,000 feet above the ground, you really care about the quality and performance of that engine,” Marshall said.

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