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Airport site plan for weather station approved

By Kim Walter -- kwalter@nvdaily.com

FRONT ROYAL -- After debate from airport users over the proposed location, the Warren County Planning Commission approved the site plan and construction of a weather observation system station.

The station was initially approved in 2009 as part of the Airport Layout Plan. Since then, an optimal wind sensor location needed to be found, and the search for a site led to debate.

Design and construction of the station will be completely funded by the Virginia Department of Aviation.

A letter from Adam Switzer of Delta Airport Consultants to Deputy County Administrator Robert Childress focused on the location and explained why the site was chosen, as it met the criteria for an automated weather observation system.

"The proposed location does not obstruct any safety area or object free area...and [it was] determined the tower will not impact any instrument flight procedures," the letter states.

Seltzer also wrote that the site is the only airport location that doesn't require any clearing to obtain the 500 foot radius around the wind sensor, which eliminates any associated clearing costs that could come with a different site.

Additionally, "the proposed location will not require future relocation for any development currently shown on the Airport Layout Plan," the letter states.

Construction of the weather station is expected to begin this fall, and once done will "provide pilots representative weather information."

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