EAA Fighting Construction Projects
EAA is broadcasting an alert to members to help stop a massive radio tower project in Florida and is hoping to ground out an electrical line project that threatens a runway project in Alabama. A 1,554-foot (AGL) radio tower is planned for central Florida on a heavily used VFR flight corridor and the power lines would be built right at the end of a proposed runway at Wetumpka Municipal Airport. The radio tower would be an addition to an antenna farm that already sports a 1,369-foot tower. EAA claims the taller tower would be an additional hazard to VFR traffic in the narrow (four-nm) north-south VFR corridor and noted it's less than 10 nm from Ocala-Taylor Airport (OCF), a busy GA and corporate facility. The Alabama power line project would cancel construction of a longer runway at Wetumpka to handle jet and turboprop aircraft. Politicians and the public are behind the runway project, which is seen as a necessary economic development tool for the area.