Heber City Airport

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Heber City is welcoming the public to ask questions about the controversial airport expansion. They’re approaching this through a tour and talk. 

The event is to address concerns over the airport expansion. The Federal Aviation Administration requires an update to the masterplan because the airport has more than 500 operations a year and is expected to see growth in the years to come. 

On today's Local News Hour:

( 00:02) Utah Avalanche Forecast Center report.

( 01:09) Mask mandate addressed in last nights Summit County Council meeting as Rick Brough reports.

( 04:56) Summit County Council Member Chris Robinson recaps Wednesday's meeting.

( 22:00) Amy Hunt Chief Academic Officer of the PCSD talks about the achievement gap and how the funds coming from the American Rescue Plan will help address kids who need extra support getting caught up since COVID.

Heber City and the Heber Airport Flightpath team will host a virtual presentation of the airport's master planning process, review data and take input from the public at 6 p.m. on Thursday.

 

Heber City, under Federal Aviation Administration regulations, cannot restrict planes of any size from landing at the municipal airport. Heber City Manager Matt Brower said pilots could land based on their judgment. 

 

On today's Local News Hour:

(02:02) - Utah Avalanche Forecast Center Report

(06:49) - Todd Hauber, Park City School District Business Administrator, talks about the 2021 legislative session and the impacts on school districts. 

(20:27) - Park City Manager Matt Dias has a preview of this week's city council meeting and Mayor Andy Beerman adds to his State of the City address last night.

(38:36 - Heber City Manager Matt Bower and T-O Engineer Jeremy McAlister with more on the Heber City Airport master plan.

Wasatch County Fire

A man died in a gyrocopter crash in Heber City Wednesday afternoon. 

The crash happened around 2pm.  According to a spokesperson for the Utah Highway Patrol, the gyrocopter went down by the side of Highway 189 near 1200 South shortly after taking off from the Heber City airport.

The pilot was the only person in the aircraft. He died in the crash. The Utah Highway Patrol is not releasing his name until his family is notified.

Heber Police Department

A small plane crashed while attempting to land at the Heber City Airport on Sunday.

Heber Airport Museum

The Heber City’s Airport’s popular aviation museum opened for the season last weekend. This year, it’s celebrating an important anniversary from World War II.

The Museum is operated by the Utah Wing of the Commemorative Air Force, an all-volunteer group. Spokeswoman Beth Ann Schneider said the facility is open until October on weekends. However, visits by appointment can also be made.

Schneider had details about some of the planes and exhibits on hand.

Heber City

Heber City announced some changes in employment at the city offices this week, although the announcements won’t bring new faces to the city.

Heber City Council approved an agreement to employee Mark Smedley as the city’s full-time legal counsel starting June 3rd of this year. Smedley has been the city’s part-time attorney since 2002. The city cited growing legal demands as the reasoning behind the hire. Demands mentioned included a growing city, significant land us pressures, legal dealings with developers and increased use of contracts.

Heber City Airport

In 2016 Wasatch County Council passed a resolution stating their opposition to an expansion at the Heber Valley Airport. However, the council is now holding off on making a statement against expansion, instead they plan to work through the airport master plan steering committee.

Wasatch County Council member Steve Farrell said they brought the 2016 resolution back to their agenda at the Wednesday May 1st meeting for new council members to review.

Heber City

Heber City’s airport’s lone Fixed Base Operator is OK3 Air. Ken Mead, General Counsel for Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association says that OK3’s position is that of a monopoly that allows them to boost prices on services that FBO’s offer to pilots such as fueling, light maintenance and hanger storage.

Mead even says that OK3 is charging more for fuel than Salt Lake International Airport.

Heber City

Heber City council recently rescinded some previous council actions at the Heber Valley Airport in order to clear the way for a new Airport Master Plan process.

In 2017 Heber City adopted new airport minimum standards which would allow for a second Fixed Base Operator or FBO to be at the airport as well as the creation of a self-fuel service operation. Within a month after passing the airport minimum standards the Heber Airport’s only Fixed Base Operator OK3 Air sued the city.

Heber City

Heber City’s Airport Advisory Board meets Wednesday. As part of the meeting the board will hear a report that includes an update on the Airport Master Plan.

The Airport Advisory Board meets Wednesday at 4:00 pm in the Heber City Council Chambers in the Wasatch Stake Tabernacle located at 75 North Main Street. The board meets quarterly with the purpose to advise the City Council on matters pertaining to the policies of the Heber Valley Airport.

The Commemorative Air Force Heber Valley Museum opens for the summer this weekend. David Boyle has this:

Heidi Franco Seeks a Second Term on Heber City Council.

Oct 20, 2017
Heidi Franco

Heidi Franco has been interested in government since she was 14.  She’s running for a second term on the Heber City. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, a Master’s in Public Administration and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Utah. Carolyn Murray has this:  

Airport Operator Sues Heber City

Oct 12, 2017
Heber City Website Photo

The operator of the Heber City Airport has filed  a lawsuit in the US District Court against Heber City alleging the new standards approved by the Heber City council last week will compromise their business and the safety of their staff.  Carolyn Murray has this:

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