County Supervisors OK Plan For Long-Range Flights Out Of McClellan-Palomar Airport
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Credit: San Diego County
Part of the update includes extending the existing runway up to 800 feet. The county of San Diego said this would allow airplanes to reach the East Coast, Europe and China without having to refuel.
People living in the area are concerned that a longer runway could mean a lot of noisy planes — but Supervisor Bill Horn, who is also a pilot, said technology is helping fix that.
"Those airplanes are a lot quieter than the old stuff," Horn said. "And that’s just going to improve the noise issue."
A report from county staff said a longer runway would mean airplanes are able to increase elevation sooner after takeoff which could also reduce noise on the ground.
An economic analysis shows that by 2030 the Palomar airport could support more than 4,500 jobs and provide $33 million in state and local tax revenue. The runway extension project is expected to take 13 to 20 years to complete, depending on available funding.
The McClellan-Palomar Airport is located in the city of Carlsbad and owned by the county of San Diego. The existing length of the runway is just shy of 5,000 feet.
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted to approve a new master plan for the McClellan-Palomar Airport that will extend the existing runway.
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