Topics: Airport

CHATHAM — President Joe Biden will be spending Thanksgiving and this weekend on Nantucket, and as part of the security preparations, the FAA has grounded all drones, even toy ones, until the presidential visit is concluded. Chatham Municipal Airport Manager Tim Howard issued a reminder Monday about the federal temporary flight restriction, which is in effect in a 30-mile ring around the Nantucket Airport. That...

Biden Visit Prompts Drone Restrictions

By: Staff Reports

CHATHAM — President Joe Biden will be spending Thanksgiving and this weekend on Nantucket, and as part of the security preparations, the FAA has grounded all drones, even toy ones, until the presidential visit is concluded. Chatham Municipal Airport Manager Tim Howard issued a reminder Monday about the federal temporary flight restriction, which is in effect in a 30-mile ring around the Nantucket Airport. That...

Plane Wreckage Found, But Pilot Yet To Be Located

By: Ryan Bray

Wreckage of a plane that was reported missing early last week has been located, but there is still little information about the man who was piloting the aircraft. State police divers, accompanied by Chatham and Harwich harbormaster personnel, located wreckage from the 1979 Piper Dakota aircraft early in the afternoon Nov. 4 about two miles east of Nauset Beach, Chatham Harbormaster Stuart Smith said. Four days...

Wreckage Of Missing Plane Located

By: Ryan Bray

Wreckage of a plane missing since Sunday has been located, according to Chatham Harbormaster Stuart Smith. State police divers, accompanied by Chatham and Harwich harbormaster personnel, spent the morning and part of the afternoon searching an area about a mile and a half off Nauset. They returned to the Chatham Fish Pier about 2:45 p.m. The wreckage was found about two miles east of Nauset Beach, Smith sai...

Officials in Chatham, Harwich and Orleans spent almost two days assisting the Coast Guard in its search for a small plane that was reported missing late Sunday night. But what happened to the vessel and its pilot was still unknown as of late Tuesday. The Coast Guard suspended its search Tuesday for 67-year-old Roger Mills, who was reported missing by a friend after the plane he was operating failed to land as ...

CHATHAM – Should the select board also serve as the airport commission? That's a question that the charter review committee is asking as it works its way through a series of suggestions for amendments to the town's home-rule document. Oversight of the airport is a subject that has come up recently before the select board. In an opinion issued in September, Town Counsel Patrick Costello said that according t...

CHATHAM – Fishermen are being given a reprieve on removal of gear from a storage area on the grounds of Chatham Airport, and town officials are examining an alternative location where fishing equipment could be stored. The airport commission was amenable to a delay in the Nov. 19 deadline for removal of items from the area, where just under a dozen fishermen store gear. The exact duration of the delay will be ...

FAA: No Significant Impacts From Airport Plan CHATHAM — The town’s attorney repeated his assertion last week that managing the Chatham Municipal Airport is the job of the airport commission, not the select board. But last week’s lengthy meeting did nothing to lessen the longstanding rift between airport critics and supporters. In separate news, the Federal Aviation Administration last week found that the re...

Tree Work Recommended For 21 Private Parcels CHATHAM — The town may seek easements to trim or remove trees from 21 private parcels around the airport as part of a bid to improve the safety of runway approaches. The finding was included in a draft of the environmental assessment of the airport’s master plan update, recently released by the town. Available on the town’s website, the draft assessment is open...

Flight Program Helps Scouts Earn More Than A Badge

By: Kat Szmit

CHATHAM – In the timeless classic “To Kill a Mockingbird,” the main character, Scout, tells her brother during a conversation, “I think there's just one kind of folks. Folks.” Inspired by that motto, the Rev. Buster Keith Waters made his life's mission helping others. Now he's brought his passions to the Cape, specifically to Chatham Airport, where he's passing on his love of flying, and urging local youth to aim...

CHATHAM — Ahead of the latest round of airport master plan discussion meetings, selectmen are encouraging the airport commission to really listen to citizens’ concerns to rebuild a sense of public trust. It’s also not too late to form a citizens’ advisory committee to improve public participation in the process, selectmen said. On a split vote in January, the airport commission rejected that suggestion and opt...

Public Meetings Set For Airport Plan Update

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

CHATHAM — After it faced criticism for not encouraging enough public participation in its update of the airport master plan, the airport commission has scheduled three special public meetings specifically to focus on parts of the plan.  In addition to the review of specific airport plan chapters during their regular public meetings, the committee is inviting citizens to attend three informal small-group sessio...

CHATHAM – The airport committee has rejected establishing a citizens advisory committee for its ongoing master planning process. Instead, the commission voted 4-1 last Tuesday to continue its chapter-by-chapter review of the master plan and take public comments and questions at its regular meetings. “It behooves us to go through this process as expeditiously as possible,” said commission member Huntley Harr...

CHATHAM — When it comes to shaping the airport master plan, it’s not enough for airport commissioners to accept public comment before forging ahead with their vision; they need to seriously consider public concerns. That was the message from the board of selectmen this week, which said the process for vetting the plan has been flawed from the outset. “I think you guys think you’re inclusive, but it doesn’t ...

Airport Commission Floats Compromise Approach Plan

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — In the wake of vocal opposition to a previous runway approach plan, the airport commission is proposing an alternative that still improves safety but requires fewer private property easements to be taken. Under the adjusted proposal, easements would likely be required for 18 properties where trees would need to be removed or topped to provide adequate clearance for a new straight-in approach pattern....

Residents: Airport Plan Is Costly, Unsafe And Unneeded

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — At 5 p.m. Tuesday, the airport commission convened a special listening session on the divisive airport master plan update. Three-and-a-half hours later, most attendees seemed to be even more strongly opposed to the plan, calling it potentially costly, unsafe and unnecessary. Near the end of the session, board of selectmen Chairman Shareen Davis criticized the commission for staunchly defending the pl...