It's official....the runway will be closing on Monday, April 27th at 0600. The projected closure schedule runs until Thursday, July 9th, weather permitting.
The good news is that we have found a temporary home for N734MX and N8299E at the Lake Cumberland Regional Airport in Somerset. They will be housed in hangars A1 and A2. We will have combination locks on the hangars. Russ Maynard has requested that his students wanting to solo call him so he knows you're flying and he will give you the combination. The Somerset folks have their terminal closed to most foot traffic due to the current virus situation. To access the aircraft, they have requested that we park in their lot and use the walk through gate to get to the hangars. Attached is an overhead picture with our hangars marked. It's a little bit of a stroll, but not too bad.
Fuel will be available from the Somerset airport by calling the office at 606-679-7908. Their business hours are from 0700-1800 M-F and 0800-1800 weekends. If you think you are going to fly after they close, please call ahead and have the aircraft fueled during their normal hours. Our standard wet rental rates and fuel reimbursement procedures apply, meaning that nobody should be paying for fuel out of their pocket at Somerset. Aircraft and engine maintenance logs, oil, and window cleaner will be kept in the hangars at Somerset.
Nobody will have to pay Somerset airport for their aircraft rental. We will periodically be going over to Somerset to check flight logs and do billing. We would prefer that folks use our 10 Hour Block Time prepay arrangement (provides a 10% discount on pre-tax rental rate if you pay with a check in advance, $954 for N734MX and $1097.10 for 8299E with all tax included), but we can invoice at the end of the month or you can call the office with your credit card number to pay as you go as well.
Please report any and all maintenance concerns that affect safety of flight to the airport staff as soon as they arise or are noticed. A business card with the airport office number and my cellphone number is in the front of each aircraft blue flight log. A maintenance squawk sheet for minor faults is also in each flight log. Please provide as much detail as possible (ie. COMM1 will not transmit but does receive on the ground, works normally in the air) as well as your name so we know who to call if we have more questions.
Please take the time to cancel your flights on the online scheduler or call the airport office to have the staff do it for you.
Thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation,
Check back here for more news and updates as the airport continues to expand it's horizons