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Gliding club gets options

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

— Rowland said it should be simple for Adirondack Soaring and the County to work together to find an agreeable solution.

“If somebody took their glider in a trailer, pulled it over into Hannaford parking lot, dropped it off, came back two weeks later, took it out and flew it around, then brought it back, would Hannaford have a problem with that? Yeah, they would,” said Rowland. “Let’s be above board and let’s do business together.”

A draft of the temporary lease is expected to be brought to the table at the next grounds committee meeting and Rowland said while the logistics of it are far from nailed down, it would probably be based off the lease agreement with Saratoga Soaring.

Adirondack Soaring wants a more permanent place at the airport and brought forth a rough proposal for an 80- by 100-foot hangar that would be constructed on about 45,000 square feet of land about 50 feet west of the Saratoga Soaring hangar.

“The existing leasehold with Saratoga Soaring is drawn out and next to it I have a flipped image of the exact same area, suggesting we put the Adirondack building about 50 feet away from the Saratoga line,” said John Mahony of Adirondack Soaring.

The proposed hangar location is behind a row of trees that would provide protection for the gliders.

There was some concern about the proposed hangar’s proximity to an area reserved in the capital plan for possible future T-Hangars but Rowland said the hangar would require FAA approval so the site would be thoroughly reviewed and necessary adjustments made.

Some county supervisors were planning a trip to the airport to look at the proposed site.

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