It’s been more than 14 years since the city of North Bend caused a ballot measure to form the taxpayer supported Coos County Airport District; thirteen years since the municipalities of Lakeside, Myrtle Point and Powers sued to stop the effort.
On 22 April 2014, The World published an article of promises from the airport manager regarding a new airport hangar that was being constructed thanks to grant money from the Oregon Lottery - to be maintained by the taxpayers. On 9 June, my Letter to the Editor commenting on the airport manager’s promises was published by The World. Both are available at theworldlink.com. Bottom line, my comments can be summarized in the words of famous WWII General Anthony McAuliffe - “Nuts!”.
Taxpaying airport owners were promised that the hangar and office building “may be able to attract” the overnight needs of commercial aircraft serving North Bend; “is designed to” house 737 size aircraft; “could also end up housing” a large corporate entity with many aircraft like an air ambulance company; and, attracting the right lessee “could infuse up to $100,000 into the local economy” annually.
With extensive canard, empennage and propulsion system modifications, pigs “may” and “could” fly. Taxpaying airport owners of Lakeside, Myrtle Point, Powers and other communities would probably appreciate a follow up article by The World with content covering real world prospects for leasing the hanger; of hangar income to date; of leasing the vacant airport business center properties; on use of the airport owned business park that, after more than 12 years, remains bare land; of what the airport is doing to lease vacant properties other than hanging signs and sitting by the phone waiting for a prospective lessee to call. Perhaps The World article will tell us where the 56 aircraft reported annually as being permanently housed at the local airport may be found; and include a summary of the airport reported average of 50 daily aircraft departures and landings; and will address any planned runways extension required to safely accommodate 737 size aircraft. Current FAA information is summarized at www.airnav.com/airport/KOTH.