AN OPEN LETTER TO THE AERO CLUB:
It is time for your organization, born in the good-fellowship of air-men to step into its long pants and take its place alongside the other service organizations of the entire community.
A few years ago, in the absence of a flying organization, other clubs of the county rolled up their sleeves, went to work and bought an airport. This was promptly given to the public, is now Warsaw Municipal, which can be one of the finest in the state.
In the meantime, the Federal government allotted Warsaw $25,000 for airport improvement, providing it was matched, dollar-for-dollar.
The city has done a commendable job in budgeting over the past several years, $18,000 to go into these improvements. The Federal government will now add $18,000 to the city's money, making a total amount available of $36,000. Work is to start this fall on airport drainage, grading, taxi-strips, one paved runway and the beginning of an administration building.
However, there is still $7,000 in Federal coffers that will be available to our community if it is matched--or any part of it. If it is not matched, it will go to some city that wants it , and there are many that do.
At your Thursday night meeting, it will be suggested that your club assume sponsorship of a drive to raise any amount possible up to the limit of the $7,000. If the entire $7,000 were raised locally, it would make an additional $14,000 available for Municipal airport improvements. Present plans could be extended to include lights for night-flying service; a roomy wing on the administration building for public use; perhaps more than one hard surface runway, making possible year-around operation.
It is my personal belief that the Aero club should always be in favor of additional flying facilities for the community, wherever they may be located.
If the Aero club accepts this responsibility and the good
people and industries of the county stand behind you, the day
will not be far distant when Warsaw will have a public airport
to be proud of; one that can serve the entire community, day
or night, summer or winter; one that will be a true mark of progress--a
monument, if you please, to constructive community endeavor.
Did you know that any airplane owner who so desires, can build his own private hangar on Municipal airport for a rental of only $25 per year, which money returns to the city? The building itself remains the property of the individual and may be removed at any time. Master plans of the Warsaw airport, provide room for a neat row of those small, private hangars, where ships may be kept out of the weather, at nominal cost.
Paul Lowman's No. 80 Cub--the one that had the pontoons on, now at Rochester, where Wayne Outcelt is repairing minor damage suffered Sunday. Mrs. Virgil Bibler, wife of Warsaw bottle-gas dealer, and her son, Carl, nosed the small ship into fence near the Michigan-Indiana line Sunday afternoon. They were landing in a pasture field on "grandma's" farm, came in a little low and slow. Broke the prop, crumpled a wheel. Like dinging the fender on your car, it's aggravating, but harmless.
October 8 is Here!
Warsaw Daily Times Wed. Oct. 8, 1947