U.C. Regional Airport Board approves PAPI lights purchase

By | August 20, 2018 7:21 am

The Upper Cumberland Regional Airport Board of Directors met Aug. 14 to discuss purchasing lights for the runway.

Richard Rinks, airport engineer, reported the need to purchase new PAPI (Precision Approach Path Indicator) lights. These lights are situated on either side of a runway and are color-coded to indicate to an incoming aircraft its position as it is relative to the designated glide-scope for the runway.

Rinks stated the lights and boxes that contain them will cost the airport approximately $40,803.94. When asked why the amount was so high, he explained that these particular lights could only be purchased through one company. This particular company is the only one that the FCC has approved.

After discussing if it was within the budget to purchase the lights and determining that it was, the board approved the purchase. It was then discussed that the bidding process for a company to install the lights will be initiated Aug. 20.

Other topics discussed were:

-Pilot Committee report

-Airport manager business

-RC Air and Mackie hangar status

-Lease with Aileron Aviation executed

-Fuel price response from last meeting

-WannaGOFAST event voted down

-Project plans for 2019-2020

-Financial report was approved

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