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Maintenance hangar heads to airport
ORANGE COUNTY - By Justin Hinton, KFDM News
A new maintenance hangar for Southeast Texas Air Rescue is heading to the Orange County Airport.
The airport supervisor says the idea originated two years ago, but within the past month, it has picked up speed.
Mainly it's just getting the engineering on paper where we like it design wise and cost estimates, Franklin Walters the airport supervisor said.
Plans call for an 80 x 80 foot building that would be used solely as a maintenance hangar. Walters says a grant has funded the $400,000 project.
The current hangar for Southeast Texas Air Rescue is located in Silsbee. Walters says theyve outgrown it and approached him about a new space.
He also says the new location will be a designated heliport, which has added benefits for pilots.
The heliport which is lit up and has everything that is required by the FAA, it benefits them to make sure the guys stay safe, he said. The more benefit we have of a nice airport that people can fly in, then that helps us out in the long run, because if the airport's not adequate enough for them, they're going to fly somewhere else.
Finding the location was one of the most difficult parts of the project.
The airport location is the third place theyve discussed. County workers also considered the empty lot next to the hangar for mosquito control.
They eventually opted to choose another location after concern arose from having several hangars in one location.
The second location would require more expenses for electricity, so they opted to go with the airport location which has an added benefit for the county.
Having to change the location of the hangar, Walters said. We've had to push it back a few weeks, but we might be able to catch that back up again sometime along the way with something that could be easy.
Walters says the plan is to begin constructing the hangar in June 2014 and finish up a few months later.
The more benefit we have of a nice airport that people can fly in, then that helps us out in the long run, because if the airport's not adequate enough for them, they're going to fly somewhere else, he said.