The Airport Advisory Commission had a joint meeting with the council prior to the regularly scheduled meeting to provide an update on goings on at the Warren ‘Bud’ Woods Municipal Airport. While the council had passed a measure last year to allow for an aeronautical campground at the airport, the council was informed by AAC Chair Ken More that the borough had made a last-minute deal to put a hangar on that land instead, to the surprise of many council members.
More detailed the increased traffic at the airport, noting that in the last decade, employment numbers have bustled from under 150 to about 350 during the seasonal Division of Forestry activities at the Palmer airport. Palmer benefits from pilots shopping for fuel at Palmer due to small discounts and the increased amount of fuel sold to Forestry planes during the height of fire season.
“It’s hard to put a thumb on what kind of fire season we’re going to have, but all indications do point that we’re going to have more problems rather than fewer,” said More.
More said that 168 aircraft are now based at the Palmer airport and annual operations have grown from $28,670 in 2007 to an estimated $38,000 last year.