Gliding club gets options

Gliding club that said its trailers were kicked off airport land hears some options at meeting

— When Saratoga County told Adirondack Soaring to remove trailers of planes and equipment from the area it was storing it at at Saratoga County Airport in Milton, the gliding club was outraged and claimed their small aircraft were being forced out in favor of big jets.

Turns out, the gliding club was storing numerous trailers on land that wasn’t being leased. It took a bit of time for anybody to notice, said Dick Rowland, chair of the County buildings and grounds committee, because another gliding club, Saratoga Soaring, leases land with a hangar.

“Adirondack Soaring came in and just plopped their equipment down in an open spot on the airport. All of a sudden, we started questioning ‘What is all this stuff?,’” said Rowland. “We said, ‘You gotta take your stuff off, it’s not a leased area.’ It wasn’t a controlled area, they’re coming and going out of this area and we had no idea who was who, what was what.”

Rowland has come up with a possible solution to the conflict. At the Monday, Sept. 12, meeting of the building and grounds committee, he proposed issuing Adirondack Soaring a temporary lease agreement, perhaps on a yearly basis, until a hangar and something more permanent can be reached.

“My proposal was, let’s get them a spot for a year. If it takes longer to get the hangar site set up, at least they’ll have a place to store the equipment for a year at a time,” said Rowland.

Besides the confusion of what equipment was which gliding club’s, Rowland said there were also issues of responsibility.

“Let’s say somebody brings their plane to the airport and it gets broken into and damaged. It’s on our airport, we didn’t control access to it, is it our responsibility? Well, it’s their stuff … I want them to know if they leave their stuff on our airport, these are the rules you’re leaving it under,” said Rowland.

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