Renovations in the works for Eutaw airport

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 11, 2004

The Eutaw Airport off Highway 14 in Greene County could soon be busy again if plans by an aviation company are realized.

Roger Rowe of Mallard Creek Aviation spoke Tuesday to the Eutaw City Council regarding a plan to refurbish the airport.

His company’s proposal in conjunction with the city airport authority is to refurbish the office and hanger space at the facility.

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Mallard Creek plans to spend some $18,000 at the airport, Rowe said. The company in return would like to receive free rent worth $125 a month until the $18,000 credit is spent.

Rowe said his company would like to begin the repairs as soon as possible. It will take three to six months to finish the repair.

“People fly into Eutaw all the time,” Rowe said. His company wants to provide full aviation services, including training as many as four student pilots a month. They want to make Eutaw a pit stop for recreational and business pilots by providing fuel, snacks and restrooms at the airport.

There is also a growing business in aerial photography, which could be based at the Eutaw airport.

If the company’s plans are realized, “we will be successful in bringing dollars into Eutaw,” Rowe said.

Mallard Creek and the city airport authority also want to pursue any federal grants that are available to renovate the airport.

The council seemed to welcome the proposal. Eutaw Mayor Raymond said the airport has been without insurance, however the city must purchase a new policy for the facility.