News Briefs April 1, 2014

Published: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 03:07 PM.

RAM awarded airport contract

On March 18, commissioners voted unanimously to award RAM Construction the contract, at a cost of $82,479, to do improvements at the Apalachicola Regional Airport hangar now occupied by Randy Randolph. RAM was the only company to bid on the work. The grant funds to pay for this project expire on June 30.


Apalachicola runways unsuitable for Air Force

At a presentation on March 10, US Air Force Civil Engineer Dick Smith told the Airport Advisory Committee the runways at Cleve Randolph Field at the Apalachicola Regional Airport are not sufficiently thick to support increased use by the Air Force. It had been assumed in Air Force documents that the concrete in the runways was eight to 10 inches thick in all areas where planes would land or taxi.

With that assumption, the Air Force was considering designating the Apalachicola airport as a Forward Area Refueling Point (FARP) for various training exercises and missions. After the Air Force Civil Engineer Center did some 95 core samples around the airport, it was determined that the actual concrete thickness was between four and seven inches, considered not adequate to support the type of planes the Air Frce was considering using so the airport will not be part of any expansion of FARP training missions.

The airport will continue to be used for training by special forces. The concrete will support all of the types of private aircraft that currently use the airport so there will be no restriction on private aircraft.

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