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A Look Back At Fergus Falls Municipal's Gustav Imm


Photo Courtesy Noel Allard Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame

Gustav Imm owned a Waco dealership and was flying from a field near Murdock, Minnesota. He wanted a bigger market for his flying service and rented a field four miles south of Fergus Falls.

A small investment can result in a big improvement. In 2020, a simple project at the Fergus Falls Municipal Airport added considerably to airport safety by relocating a taxiway.

Coincidentally, this was the oldest pavement on the airport and very much needed of replacement making the project very cost effective, a good two for one deal.

In simple terms, the taxiway was too close to Runway 17/35. FAA language is more complicated, but the result was the same. Advisory Circular 150/5300-13A defines the Runway Object Free Area (OFA) as being provided to "enhance the safety of aircraft operati...

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