Yeager’s hilltop removal project continues

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — An obstruction removal project is in the works for the Yeager Airport in Charleston after the Federal Aviation Administration considered a hilltop from the end of the airport’s main runway to be a pilot-navigation problem.

One million cubic yards of earth is being removed from the top of the hill. The hill is being lowered to ease FAA restrictions on flights departing from Yeager Airport.

Rick Atkinson, the Yeager Airport director, said the project would be great for the operation of the airport.

Yeagar is looking to do an updated runway protection zone plan for an area that extends 2,000 feet from the end of the main runway in a trapezoid.

Atkinson said this study will explain the alternatives for properties the FAA may need to clear.

“If you’re out in Kansas, there isn’t anything under the approach for 10,000 feet, but when you have different terrain a plane can’t land down in that valley and be safe,” said Atkinson.

The FAA will determine if the properties can be presumably used or if they need to clear them. If residents in the area are asked to move, Atkinson said those people will not be financially affected.

“If you do own property you may want to get it bought because the government pays relocation expenses,” said Atkinson.

Atkinson said the project is a long process that will take up to nearly five more years.

More News

CAMC operates in crises mode like all other hospitals in W.Va.
CEO Dave Ramsey says the impact Covid is having on the community is directly reflected in the impact its having on the hospital staff.
January 27, 2022 - 3:28 pm
Nucor chief highlights West Virginia mill project during call with investors
Chief says West Virginia mill will have some of the highest capabilities and one of the lowest carbon footprints of any facility in the world.
January 27, 2022 - 2:42 pm
Murder trial begins in Beckley
Davide Hudson is accused of killing Amber Meadows at a hotel located on Harper Road.
January 27, 2022 - 2:26 pm
WVU makes coronavirus protocol adjustments
Mask policy extended through Feb. 25.
January 27, 2022 - 2:19 pm

Your Comments