The “egregious behavior” of the city of Danbury, Conn., in failing to cut trees on the approach for Runway 26 at Danbury Municipal Airport (DXR) is a “blatant attempt to shut down the airport by reducing its functionality,” alleges the National Air Transportation Association. For years, the FAA has said it will displace the threshold 1,000 feet farther down the currently 4,422-foot-long runway if the trees are not cut.
Danbury Municipal Airport
NBAA said Tweed-New Haven Airport (HVN), Conn., is struggling financially and the local board of aldermen has asked the FAA what the consequences would be if the airport closed. The FAA responded that the ramifications would be considerable.
The FAA and the state of Connecticut were willing to pay 97 percent of the $4.5 million price tag to have trees removed from around Danbury Municipal Airport (DXR), but Danbury politicians were unwilling to come up with the remaining $110,000. But a January 7 accident changed the city council’s mind. A 24-year-old flight instructor had taken off from the airport when the engine of his 1975 Piper Warrior began to lose power.
The sentence from a Westchester County, N.Y. judge is “time served” (about nine months) for the drunk young man who took a Cessna 172 for a joyride last June from Danbury Airport, in Connecticut, landing at Westchester County Airport at 4:30 a.m. Philippe Patricio, 21, still faces airport security charges in Danbury.