Volunteers Preserving Gordonsville AirportPosted: Updated:
The Gordonsville Municipal Airport dates back to the 1930s, making it one of the oldest airports in the Commonwealth. Now, volunteers are coming together to help preserve the town's historic landmark with the goal of helping bring business and tourism to the community.
Advocates of the airport are proud of its past, but they are also looking forward to its future. The Gordonsville Municipal Airport got its start when aviation was just getting off the ground. Since then, the airport has drawn business and tourism to the community.
"Some of our industries located near Gordonsville came here specifically because they knew there was a general aviation airport close by," explained Gordonsville Mayor Bob Coiner.
These days, airport owners and volunteers are looking to the future. There are plans to re-pave and expand the runway, making it easier for more planes to land in town.
"When you can fly small jets in and out of airports, that really opens you up for economic development that you wouldn't qualify for otherwise," said Coiner.
The airport's Owner of Operations Brent Hall says maintaining a general aviation airport can be tough.
"The statistics say that every day, one small airport in the U.S. is closed," he said.
But with 21 planes and a group of dedicated pilots and volunteers, Hall believes the airport is right on course.
"They're doing a great job helping to take care of the place so it's here for the next generation," he said.
The airport is open to the public every weekend. Families can stop by for good food, homemade ice cream and even an airplane ride.