Coming in for a landing – the part of flying that many anxious passengers don’t like. That’s why folks at the Presque Isle airport were thrilled to get some money that they say will be used to enhance safety for planes both approaching and leaving the runway.
Scott Wardwell, Airport Director, says, “the scope of work is we’re adding a couple of wind direction indicators or wind socks and also clearing some approaches.”
The money comes from a 217-thousand dollar grant from the FAA airport improvement program. They’ll be removing a bunch of fully grown trees on land the airport acquired ten years ago – and Wardwell says the addition of two more wind socks will give pilots better visibility of the wind direction.
“Visual cues when you’re landing especially can be very handy to have because that wind can change almost instantaneously,” he says.
Wardwell says the FAA especially wanted these changes made because of the long length of the airport’s runway. He’s already hired all local contractors.
“I’m pleased to say the contractors are all from the Central Aroostook area so we get some economic benefit as well from the money.”
He expects work to begin in the next 3-4 weeks.