Middletown, NY Airport

Small airports: Giving us help benefits everyone

By Thomas Frank, USA TODAY
Posted 12/31/2009

Charles Brodie bought a tiny airport in Middletown, N.Y., with a dream: He would build luxury homes next door with individual airplane hangars that connect to the runway.

When the project faltered in the early 1990s, his unlikely savior was the Federal Aviation Administration.

The FAA declared that Brodie's Randall Airport, with a 2,811-foot runway used only by small airplanes and gliders, was an essential piece of the nation's airport network. That made Randall eligible for taxpayer funds, which generally cannot go to airports owned by private businesses.

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