County gets some good news on airport operations

NORTH NORWICH – Things are looking up at the Lt. Warren Eaton Airport as Chenango County lawmakers learned recently that two small business entrepreneurs are interested in renting t-hangar space.

Part-time Chenango County Airport Administrator Donald W. MacIntosh told members of the Planning & Economic Development Committee last week that he had begun negotiations with a jet mechanic and an airplane interior upholsterer who would share the hangar.

Also, MacIntosh said progress has been made to install a self-service credit card reader at the airport. The machine would enable pilots to fuel their own planes, thereby generating income for the county as well as eliminating liability insurance that would be necessary if a county employee were to do the fueling.

MacIntosh said having a mechanic on site and the self-fueling capability “should boost interest” in the airport.

The county would pay $20,000 for the card reader with interest from the airport’s approximately $500,000 trust fund. MacIntosh said fuel sales after the first year should cover the cost after two years.

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