Lancaster, SC Airport
Kent Ashton Discusses Problems at Lancaster, SC Airport:
Good luck with your mission. I have dealt with the Airport Compliance bunch extensively and they're non-flying idiots but I will monitor your site.
A few years ago, the manager of the Lancaster, SC airport (KLKR) told me he was interested in developing homes north of the airport with through-the-fence-access to the airport but the FAA's compliance specialist in Atlanta told him it wouldn't fly.
Now the interesting thing is that KLKR is one of those sleepy little airports with grass growing in the runway cracks. Anything that would boost traffic at KLKR would be advantageous for KLKR, the Lancaster community, and aviation in general. Just a few miles north, the Del Webb Company is developing a large retirement community along the Catawba river. Don't you think some retirees (I am one) would like to have a home next to an airport with low, low South Carolina taxes? I would.
The land around KLKR is wide open; perfect for something like through- the-fence homes and only the stupidity of the FAA prevents it. Take a look: http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=34.722904%2C-80.854590&spn=0.0232,0.0232
Here's the Del Webb community: http://www.pulte.com/delwebb/communities/sc/ft-mill-indian-land/sun-city-carolina-lakes/index.aspx
For example, one of the most active general aviation airports in our area is a privately owned, public use airport community at Lake Norman Airpark with, yes, intensive through-the-fence access (no fence!). Towns like Lancaster could develop the same thing were it not for the stupidity of the FAA.
Don't get me started ;-)