One way to save GA airports... find a billionaire

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  1. AlleyCat67

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    Not sure if the link below will work without a subscription, but the upshot is that Eric Schmidt, former Google CEO, recently bought my home airport (20N / Kingston NY). He owns a 200 acre estate across the bridge & I suppose he wants rapid helicopter access. According to the town supervisor: "His people just came to the town and said, what are the problems and how do we fix them?" said Quigley. "So I'd call it a welcome development."

    So there you go. Need to fix up your dilapidated apron and fuel farm? Just get a billionaire to move in down the street. Of course in a year he may decide he likes Hilton Head or St. Tropez better, and then we're out of luck again!

    https://kingstonwire.com/news/2021/07/16/billionaire-buys-local-airport/795gpv
     
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    Works great if you have Gulfstream. May not be much help for the piston crowd. Our local fbo is owned by a billionaire. They have a nice building and great service. Avgas is $6+ and the t- hangars (owned by the airport who only cares about the 4 RJ's that come in daily) are falling down. Based piston aircraft are a vestigial tail of the 1950's.

    The piston maintenence is still pretty good because they make decent money taking care of the 141 planes. I mean, somebody has to train those corporate pilots...
     
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    He went to the wrong people to ask that question..
     
  4. AlleyCat67

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    We are lucky in that the runway is too short for jets. But yeah, I could see him moving all our little pistons to the back forty to make room for more helicopters.
     
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    I shouldn't be so negative. I've been to a lot of wonderful airports that wouldn't exist but for large businesses and the ultra rich who pay the bills. I know my 25 gallons of avgas doesn't amount to much in the budget of an airport. Hopefully he makes improvements for the benefit of all users.
     
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    I fly into 20N monthly(ish).
    I would pay cash money to see someone try to put a jet in there. I'll bring my own chair.
    There are already a number of flight/noise restrictions on the airport.
    I can't wait to hear the uproar when he starts going in and out with heavy helicopters.
     
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    It’s good to be rich.


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    I've heard it said, "You can't mess wid money!"
     
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    Those heavy helicopters do make an uproar...
     
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    I thought this thread was going to be a variant of:

    Q- How can you become a millionaire in aviation?

    A - Start as a billionaire.
     
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    Does local zoning prohibit landings on those 200 acres?
     
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    Not any longer. :)



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  13. AlleyCat67

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    Very likely. But I’ve also heard of a famous actor who bought a spread about 20 miles south of here. He wanted a heliport, but the town vetoed it. So he just did it anyway. Problem solved
     
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    I enjoy 20N and haven't been there since pre-covid. Time for a return trip.

    I kinda wonder if that is what happened to Pine Island, NC (7NC2); except that they took it private and no one else can land there anymore. I'm not saying that's what happened.
     
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    I read that he's a pilot so probably won't have the big toy there
     
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    VVS in PA. Owner of 84 Lumber and Nemacolin Woodlands "donated" a bunch to the airport authority for runway work, etc. and got the airport named after him for his donations.