Airports in the news
Airports in the news
Lately, news about airports has crossed my path. I found them to be interesting and thought that you may, as well.
The Albert Whitted Airport is an historic one located in St. Petersburg FL on Tampa Bay. It is not large and was in danger of being closed by the FAA, until some of the local people formed the Albert Whitted Airport Preservation Society and became involved.
Historical airfields compete for existence usually because they had been built in the country but subsequent population growth encompassed many of the formerly rural fields, making their locations problematic. One can no longer go to Roosevelt Field in Garden City NY to see where Charles Lindbergh began his record setting solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean for this reason. Thankfully, the 126 foot (38.2m) long fresco of aviation history, by Congressional Gold Medal recipient Aline Hofheimer, was relocated before the terminal’s destruction. This mural can now be seen at Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology, adjacent to La Guardia Airport on Long Island NY (which also has a large mural in Terminal “A” (the historic Marine Air Terminal built for flying boats back in the day).
There is a saying that goes something like, “Build a mile of road and you have a mile of road. Build a half mile of runway and you have a portal to the world.” But that is not always the case. Here is an article from The Infrastructurist about some of the underutilized airports in the world. It makes for a study in economics. The airports are:
- Ciudad Real — near Madrid, Spain (somewhat)
- Yangyang International — South Korea
- Hengchun Airport — Taiwan
- King Fahd International Airport — Saudi Arabia
- Pittsburgh International Airport
- Lambert–St. Louis International Airport
One final but small observation: Palm Beach International Airport is one of the few that I know of which has a public viewing area to watch aircraft coming and going. It is not a perfect spot but it is a good one, especially with an easterly wind. I once saw a pilot of a small twin engine aircraft swoop in under the flight path of a departing airliner to drop into a landing on the runway of the departing airliner. A horrible decision on the part of the small aircraft pilot — akin to a driver making a right from the left hand lane at a stop light, selfishly taking advantage of everyone else complying with the rules of the road and placing them unnecessarily at risk. But he made a low altitude (less than a five story building height) sharp left turn to smoothly land on the runway. The pilot is probably a good one to have in a combat zone though not in a civil environment. Sadly, the days of the viewing area have ended, though, since two buildings are being erected which will obliterate the view.