Local, federal officials consider future of South Valley Regional Airport

Chaffetz says it needs to be improved or shut down

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  • Pilot named Ron Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 23, 2010 11:24 a.m.

    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. Ra-ra-sis-boom-bah!

  • Brent Bluffdale, UT
    Sept. 23, 2010 10:29 a.m.

    20 comments and not one supporting closure of the airport. Mayor Johnson and Representative Chaffetz, I hope you are reading!

  • kanjama Holladay, Utah
    Sept. 21, 2010 11:11 p.m.

    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 its infrastructure.

  • Lord Bowdon Denver, CO
    Sept. 21, 2010 3:31 p.m.

    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.

  • Zadruga Guy West Jordan, UT
    Sept. 21, 2010 12:01 p.m.

    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 really exist.

  • RZ West Jordon, UT
    Sept. 21, 2010 6:48 a.m.

    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!!!

  • Howard Cologne Ave, NJ
    Sept. 20, 2010 9:36 p.m.

    "One way to restore West Jordan residents' peace of mind, Chaffetz said, is to close the airport." Or just lock themselves into a closet.

  • DuckDriver540 Midvale, UT
    Sept. 20, 2010 7:53 p.m.

    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 or
    departure 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 entire valley.

  • HeloPilot American Fork, Utah
    Sept. 20, 2010 3:31 p.m.

    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.

  • s1wilson Riverside, CA
    Sept. 20, 2010 3:01 p.m.

    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.

  • Geoff Knauth Williamsport, PA
    Sept. 20, 2010 1:39 p.m.

    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.

  • County Resident Kearns, UT
    Sept. 19, 2010 11:11 a.m.

    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?

  • Bearone Monroe, UT
    Sept. 18, 2010 8:32 p.m.

    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.

  • Kent Francis West Jordan, UT
    Sept. 18, 2010 11:25 a.m.

    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.

  • Steven S Jarvis Orem, UT
    Sept. 18, 2010 10:07 a.m.

    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 payer expense.

  • stanfunky Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 18, 2010 7:17 a.m.

    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...

  • Kalangdorf North Salt Lake, UT
    Sept. 17, 2010 6:05 p.m.

    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.

  • Ranch Hand Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 17, 2010 5:23 p.m.

    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.

  • Reasonable Person Layton, UT
    Sept. 17, 2010 4:51 p.m.

    The city grew around the airport.

  • riverdayz Kearns, UT
    Sept. 17, 2010 4:41 p.m.

    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.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    Sept. 17, 2010 4:31 p.m.

    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.