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Easton Airport Plans For Runway Expansion

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Easton Airport (Photo:WBOC) Easton Airport (Photo:WBOC)

EASTON, Md.-  The old Black and Decker factory on the Easton bypass is home to a few businesses now, but one day will be torn down to make room for a runway extension at the Easton airport.

Airport Manager Mike Henry says the current runway is too short for some of the planes that are designed to use it.

"The FAA has had us look at our purpose and need, and that is to provide the aircraft that are based here the length of runway that is necessary for safe operation.  Being able to accelerate to their rotation speed, and then stop and have enough runway remaining so they can stop and not run off the end of the runway," said Henry.

A recent economic study shows that the airport brings in $42 million per year, $2 million worth of state and local taxes, and to top it all off, 483 jobs.

The extension to the runway is not to attract larger planes.

"The answer is no, our airport is designed and built to handle aircraft up to 100,000 pounds, and the new extension isn't going to change that," said Henry

The plan calls for the demolition of the Black and Decker building, which will be converted into a green space with signal lighting.  Although a few homes come close, none will ultimately be affected by the yellow safety zone.  As for a time line on this ambitious project...

"My best guess is somewhere in the time frame of five to ten years, and if I had to put any money on it, I would say it would be closer to seven to ten years," said Henr.

As for noise concerns, planes will still have to obey noise abatement rules, that means no flying over downtown, even if the runway stretches a little bit farther in that direction.

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