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FAA wants progress reports from Fayette airport authority

| Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, 5:48 p.m.

As the Fayette County Airport Authority works to resolve deficiencies found by the Federal Aviation Administration, solicitor William Martin agreed Wednesday night to provide progress updates to the agency.

“We need to keep the FAA informed about the progress that we're making to resolve the deficiencies,” Martin said. “The FAA wants us to provide them with specific timelines of the progress we are making.”

Martin and John “Buddy” Neckeraurer, manager of the Joseph A. Hardy Connellsville Airport, discussed the facility's deficiencies with FAA officials during a conference call on Tuesday.

Some of the airport's remaining deficiencies include using the airport for non-aeronautical purposes; providing leases for tenants who use airport hangars; charging fair market value for those leases; and installing fence between the airport's taxiways.

“The whole purpose of the conference call was to go over each deficiency,” Martin said. “The FAA officials were very cooperative. They want to know what's going on. We can't keep kicking the can down the road.”

Martin said he volunteered to send periodic updates to the FAA.

“If the fencing can't be installed because of the weather, we need to tell the FAA that the project has to be delayed,” he said. “I think everything will be fine as long as we keep them informed about what is going on.”

In other business, the authority:

• Directed Martin to draft letters, notifying tenants, Aviation Network and Helicopter Analytics, that past due rent must be paid or the authority will begin legal steps to have them evicted from their hangar space.

• Agreed to hire Shana Kallok of Connellsville as the authority's administrative assistant at a salary of $10.50 an hour for 20 to 30 hours a week, effective Thursday.

Cindy Ekas is a contributing writer.

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