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Feds OK Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport runway extension

Federal approval has been given to a plan that includes extending the runway at Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport.

Dayton Aviation Director Terry Slaybaugh said today he received notice from the Federal Aviation Administration this week confirming acceptance of the long-range plan, which makes the general aviation airport in Miami Twp. eligible for future funding of improvements.

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A key part of the plan – which has been awaiting approval for about three years - is extending the airport’s 5,000-foot runway 500 feet, a move that may involve relocating part of Austin Boulevard on the 527-acre site’s north side.

Relocating Austin is among the options airport officials would have, Slaybaugh said. First, he said, an environmental impact study would be required.

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That study, he said, may take a couple of years to complete.

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The runway extension would help the airport upgrade its classifications to increase its speed authority and accommodate more and slightly larger aircraft, officials have said.

Most models of aircraft that use the facility require a runway more than 5,000 feet long when fully loaded on a hot summer afternoon, described as the “most demanding” conditions, according to Passero Associates, the engineering firm that worked on DWBA’s plan.

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The airport is now permitted for knot speeds that translate to a range of about 104-140 miles per hour. The classification change would increase the range to roughly 140-162 miles per hour, airport officials have said.

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