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Park Rapids Completes Long-Term Planning Process


PE Matt Zitzow TKDA

Different runways at the same airport can have different critical aircraft. At Park Rapids Runway 13/31 is designed for the Gulfstream, but Runway 18/36 is designed for a Beech King Air. The aircraft size also affects the dimensions or things like parking aprons.

"Blind luck will beat careful planning every time" might be a good theory for managing stuff like your finances. Thousands of authors have written millions of pages about financial planning, most of which isn't very helpful. Talking with "experts" is quicker but likely not much better. However, planning aviation facilities requires a more scientific approach.

Fortunately, the FAA has provided several hundred pages of succinct advice on how to plan airports. A few days of fascinating reading should make you an expert on the subject. Or maybe not. Advisory Circular 150/5070-6B provides detai...

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