Chaffetz says it needs to be improved or shut down
Why is a federal legislator getting involved in a city/county/private developer
issue? Is he looking for some federal pork to build a new armory complex in
Provo? The West Jordan armory complex is only about 15 years old and is in
excellent shape. Will those federal building just be torn down? Seems that if
he is the "fiscal conservative" that he claims to be he would want the armory
complex that was built with federal dollars to remain where it is.
This airport was there long before WJ decided to zone residential areas and
their soccer complex around it. Now they want it moved. Too bad I say. I think
WJ's real reason, is so they can sell that land to Jordan Landing or to home
developers for more money. Thanks all this is about $$$$. The airport has a good
safety record, there have never been any crashes into residential areas. The
accidents they are referencing both happened within airport property, the one
was on the runway it's self. This is a great resource to this area.
Removing it is a big mistake.
The city grew around the airport.
And the good congressman is also going to come up with a couple of hundred
million bucks to move the Army Guard? Good luck on that one. Donation of land
at another airport is the easy part. What about the hangars, proper parking
ramp, fuel facilities, an armory, etc? The Salt Lake Airport Authority has done
an excellent job of operating, maintaining and upgrading the airport through the
years. No other city in the state has that capability. Better do a bit more
research on whether this land grab makes any sense.
This is a typical reaction when politicians pander to unwarranted fears. How
many automobile accidents have taken place around the airport in the last few
months? Is there a demand to close all the surrounding roads? As noted in the
previous posts, the airport was located there long, long before Jordan Landing
and the surrounding housing. Rep. Chavez and Mayor Johnson need to understand
the FAA funding accepted for building and maintaining the airport precludes
closing the airport. Unless they want to pull a Mayor Daley.
The airport was there long before the soccer fields, subdivisions, and Jordan
Landing. Typical NIMBY's. The ones on the east side want to live against the
mountains but don't want deer in their yards. These don't like the airplanes
but liked the open space when they moved there...
There is no problem with the airport right where it is. The most interesting
and unintended aspect of having it there has been to create a wildlife preserve
for some small animals like the foxes and rabbits. I also would
wager more people die of auto accidents in West Jordan than airplane ones. If
they are concerned about safety, try looking at the most logical places where
safety needs exist instead of a veiled attempt to make $$ for a developer at tax
Shall we close the Main airport because all of the west side is under the
landing pattern? If you have concerns about the soccer fields move them a mile
to the west where there is lots of room. Leave the airport alone. Other cities
have a nice restaurant right next to the runways so people can watch the planes
take off and land and business space so people can fly in and have a meeting
without having to rent a car.
Is this airport the same as Salt Lake airport #2 ?Dollars do
talk--just ask St George. With lots of help from the feds, and lots of support
from land developers, they are able to spend millions of our tax dollars for a
new airport and related infrastructure.
As I live near Airport #2, I appreciate this vast area of open space. I see
foxes, hawks and more wildlife in and surrounding these 900-acres. I believe it
is very short-sided for WJ officials to think its better use is commercial.
What other city in Salt Lake County has an Airport? Just Salt Lake City and
West Jordan. There are likely many cities who would jump at the
chance to have an airport in their boundaries to spur airport-related economic
development.BTW: Why is Rep. Chaffetz involved other than to "push"
the state-run National Guard to his local airport in Provo?
I think it would be a shame for that airport to close. It's in the middle of a
broad valley, and compared with many airports in the U.S., there's a relative
abundance of space around it. Do greedy developers covet the land? Once you
close an airport, you'll never get it back, and whatever aviation heritage you
had will be lost, replaced by more strip malls and faceless sprawl. Aviation
was part of the pioneering spirit that made this country great: don't just throw
it away. I enjoyed my visit to Salt Lake City in 2007, where I attended a
teacher's workshop. I also went to the airport, got a biennial flight review
from the FBO and a professional introduction to mountain flying from the
instructor, then I rented a very nice DA40 and hired the instructor so I could
fly down to Moab to meet my family. The airport is at the center of my nice
memory of Salt Lake, and I told all my friends. Without the West Jordan
airport, Salt Lake City would be a less attractive destination.
This story wreaks of corrupt politics. Open your eyes, Chaffetz must have a
hand in that real estate ... somehow!Remember, just because you
don't use it, does that mean it should be taken away from everyone else?No.2 is a VERY safe airport. I'm a private pilot and live in Southern
California, and have family in West Jordan.
Are these the same city officials that approved the development of housing and a
soccer complex around the existing airport? You'll notice there were no "safety
concerns" then.I agree with the other comments about the city
developing around the existing airport, and how ridiculous the claims of "safety
concerns" as a compelling reason are. It seems more likely that developers
(again) are pushing city officials hard for what they see as a cash cow of a
property to grab. I fly to South Valley Regional numerous times per week, and
see much better observance of safety rules there than I do on ANY of our city
streets or freeways.Closing it would require a move for the National
Guard and the businesses that rely on "#2", placing a greater burden on an
already very busy Salt Lake International. THAT poses a greater safety concern
to me as a Pilot.I'm disappointed, Rep. Chaffetz. You're the last
person I would have expected to get snookered into this one.
This article has inaccurate statements regarding the air traffic flow into and
out of South Valley Regional. If you remain below Salt Lake Class B airspace
you do not need clearance to fly to or from South Valley.South
Valley is not in the approach ordeparture corridor to Salt Lake
International airport. Their corridor is several miles East of South Valley.
Just drive out and see for yourself. This airport is quite
important to local businesses, law enforcement, medical flights and future
companies investing in this area. The other airports mentioned are much farther
away from this perfect reliever location and would not be at all convenient for
air travelers coming to Salt Lake City in smaller aircraft.The
National Guard need this location as well to conduct their training and
maintenance for their helicopters.This is just a smokescreen to grab
the property and make a quick and very shortsighted buck at the expense of the
"One way to restore West Jordan residents' peace of mind, Chaffetz said, is to
close the airport." Or just lock themselves into a closet.
The real question is why do you people keep re-electing these same politicians
that have demonstrated time and again that they are NOT acting in the best
interest of their constituents! Before you point the finger at these politician
do a little self examination and and ask yourself "WHo did I vote for...?"
THere's the blame righ there!!!150 years ago if our elected
officials had done the things they're doing now the people would've stormed
Washingon, drug them out in the streets and hung them, now, we re-elect them!
Break the cycle, VOTE OUT THE INCUMBENTS! ALL OF THEM!!!
I live in West Jordan and used to live even closer to the airport, on the north
side of the buffer zone in Kearns. I have never spent a moment worrying that a
crashing plane might land on me. It would be such an incredibly rare event that
to prevent it from happening by closing the airport seems to be a vast
overreaction. But then Chaffetz's obsession with airport full-body scanners
seems to indicate that he has a fixation on solving airport problems that don't
Let's see - I think someone died last year in a hit and run road traffic
accident 4700 S Bangerter. Why is there not a call of the proletariat to close
down all the highways because they are "dangerous". Ignorance is bliss when it
comes to aviation. Because the majority of people never use small airports,
they think they are easy targets. But all this sort of outcry does is let the
rest of the world know what a small minded city West Jordan must be.
Jason Chaffetz was elected to fix Washington, and if he doesn't start focusing
on real issues he should lose his job. Getting involved in a local battle to
close South Valley Regional Airport simply shows his incompetence as a
legislator.Safety concerns with South Valley are not the issue.
Neither of the accidents mentioned came remotely close to endangering the
public. Furthermore, West Valley is already positioned beneath SLC's much busier
approach patterns, and this will not change.Closing South Valley
Regional would be a mistake. Most metro areas with a major (class B) airport
have numerous smaller general aviation airports like South Valley to relieve
congestion and improve safety and convenience. Dallas-Ft. Worth, for example,
has several dozen such small airports. Salt Lake has only 2: Skypark and South
Valley. Closing South Valley so that Chaffetz et al. can score political points
(and/or financial kickbacks) would result in lost jobs, damage to the general
aviation community, and lead to longterm economic fallout. Once small airports
are lost they never come back, and the entire community loses a vital part of
20 comments and not one supporting closure of the airport. Mayor Johnson and
Representative Chaffetz, I hope you are reading!
False safety issues at Airport #2 are brought to light by the agenda driven
elected officials that dis-inform the public by using scare tactics or issues
that are not real. Oh please! If one were to take the approach used by this
Des News reporter, nothing is safe and lets just ban everything. I would like to
introduce a real safety issue; HEART ATTACKS. Like GUNS, hearts are killing
people. I read the obits yesterday to see if my name was there. I noticed an
alarming trend that people are dying from heart attacks. If this trend
continues guns and hearts will kill many hundreds of thousands even millions of
people. We need to ban guns and build neighborhood hospitals where people can
get help faster when attacked by their hearts. In fact we ought to build
hospitals to live in so we can avoid this pandemic. Just think about all the
other health issues this could solve. We need our legislators to ban guns and
use tax dollars to keep us safe. Mr Chaffetz, will you help us? Please! Ban
guns and build more neighborhood hospitals, the REAL safety issue. Yea Chaffetz.