The Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors, the Chesterfield County Airport Advisory Board and U.S. Rep. J. Randy Forbes recently announced the completion of major improvements to the Chesterfield County Airport’s northern terminal area and renovation of its taxiway system, according to a county press release.
Officials were set to celebrate with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly constructed Airport Taxiway “B” serving the Northern Apron and Hangar Complex on Monday, May 17, at 4 p.m. Forbes was to be the principal speaker at the ceremony, the release says.
The reconstruction will extend the life of the pavement at the airport another 20 years, the improved capacity will allow larger aircraft to use Chesterfield and, in combination with the new connector taxiway, will provide a much-needed exit taxiway from the runway, thereby providing better access to the North Apron and T-hangar Complex, the release says.
Additionally, the airport’s Automated Weather Observation System was connected to the national network control system, making it possible for all aircraft operators to obtain current weather conditions for their operations into Chesterfield, it says.
“Not only were taxiway goals met, but in combination with the connection of the Automated Weather Observation System to the National Network and the construction of Northern Hangar Sites, associated parking facilities and utilities, Chesterfield’s Airport is positioned for growth now and in the near future,” Charles E. Dane, deputy director for the Department of General Services, says in the release. “We have come a lot closer to our goal of becoming a fully functional reliever airport for Richmond International Airport and the premier general aviation airport in the Greater Richmond Area.”
The airport averages 82,000 take-offs and landings annually and its operations provide an economic impact to the county of more than $16 million in economic activity each year, the release says. The airport is a reliever facility for Richmond International Airport, and is equipped with an all-weather landing system, state-of-the-art terminal and a full-service restaurant with a 300-person banquet facility with aircraft catering available, it says.