Monday, March 25, 2013


INCOMPETENCE BY BROWNSVILLE CITY COMMISSION LEADS TO FAA CUTTING FUNDING TO AIRPORT

Before I type the next sentence, I need to go put on some adult depends because I know as I type it I will piss my pants laughing my ass off.  The entire city commission should resign.  They will not because Brownsville means nothing to these incredibly incompetent people.

And you know what, the airport will not even be an issue in the May elections.

Jessica Teatreau has been in office 2 years and has done nothing to fix Iowa.  If I were an FAA official looking at Brownsville's airport I would conclude it is a shack in the middle of a war zone.  For 8 years I have been calling for the repair of Iowa.  It looks like it has been bombed out many times with just shoddy repairs to make it navigable.   What is it about this shack located in one of the worst possible locations in terms of access would tell the FAA Brownsville is serious about its airport?  Nothing

Some basic facts:

Continental/United can add flights to Harlingen to make up for the lost flights in Brownsville.  American can keep some of it customers through its McAllen facility.  Aero Mexico can just go back to Mexico as far as the FAA is concerned.  If this were to happen over a long enough period, United/Continental  could just see its Brownsville operations as a waste of resources. Aero Mexico could just set up shop in Harlingen or McAllen.

Southwest could not turn to Brownsville or McAllen to keep its routes going.  The FAA could not justify keeping three airports open in such a small area.  The shack on Boca Chica was the logical choice to close.

SOME BASIC FACTS

POPULATIONS:

Brownsville as of 2011  178,430
Harlngen of of 2011        66,122
McAllen as of 2011      133,742
Matamoros as of 2005  435,135

The Brownsville airport also serves the business community and a part of the general population of Matamoros.

FROM THE BV ON OCT 6, 2011 - WILLFUL NEGLECT IS THE ONLY WAY TO DESCRIBE BROWNSVILLE'S CITY COMMISSION WHEN IT COMES TO THE AIRPORT.

It is time the city sell the land it wants to give to the billionaires at UT, and use the money to buy land on 511 to begin the process of a new airport.  They will not.  The federal budget problems are not going to get better any time soon.  It could be years before FAA funds are restored to Brownsville's airport.  Exactly how long will the people put up with  funding the FAA operations?  With this city commission we might as well just close the airport now and be done with it.



WHAT’S UP AT THE AIRPORT? IS THERE A RUNWAY EXPANSION OR NOT?


THIS IS A MUST ISSUE IN THE UP AND COMING CITY ELECTION (2011)

I want to be clear - Larry Brown is the best person for the job at the airport. He is truly an advocate for Brownsville. He knows his business. The problem is - he cannot wave a magic wand to make things happen. The candidates for mayor need to read this and find out exactly what it is going to take to make sure Larry Brown has the support he needs.

According to the City of Brownsville its longest runway, runway 2, is 7399 feet long. What this story documents is, is that at least as far back as 2003 there has been a promise to expand the runway to 10,000 feet, so as to expand commercial and cargo service. I have not been able to learn why there is such a delay or what exactly is the status of the runway expansion. This is important if Pan Am is to succeed.

In June of 2010, Larry Brown announced still no progress on the runway expansion. He is predicting yet another three years. Why is the airport not getting the help it needs?. This needs to be a major election issue. Pan Am is rolling the dice on Brownsville and all Brownsville can offer is another three years - maybe. This is unacceptable. I do not blame Larry Brown - he knows his business - the problem is a city leadership which knows nothing about business and the role the airport plays in economic development. Many believe we lost the Boeing contract over the lack of a long enough runway.

June 2010: “Officials also are looking to increase the length of the airport’s runway within the next three years — from about 7,400 linear feet to 10,000 — which would eliminate weight restrictions for many aircraft during the peak heat of summer, airport Director Larry Brown said.”

http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/font-112977-airport-justify.html

As late as mid 2003 Continental was operating 737's in Brownsville. A decision was made the smaller planes were a better choice. While I prefer larger planes, I also prefer a choice in flights which give me a better connection time in Houston. For an hour flight, I would rather have more choice, than bigger planes with fewer choices. I say this because I have read wherein people are claiming Brownsville cannot handle 737's. This is simply false.

I am going to tell the story through a series of Herald articles. These articles give the history.

BROWNSVILLE MAY HAVE LOST BOEING OVER RUNWAY

June 2003

“Brown said runway size is one of the most important criteria for companies that manufacture airplanes. Manufacturers look at airports that have 10,000-foot runways, he said. Brownsville/South Padre Island International Airports longest runway is only 7,400 feet long, but Brown said an extension project is already under way.”

http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/brownsville-51128-project-airport.html

What Mr. Brown was telling us in 2003, is - we need a longer runway if we are going to bring more manufacturing jobs to Brownsville.

November 2003

“The total cost of buying the land and construction of the runway would be between $1.7 million and $5 million. The federal government would pay 85 percent of the cost leaving the city with the remaining cost of $800,000"

http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/articles/runway-54878-airport-brownsville.html

Nov 2003: “Still, airport officials have requested funds from the sales-tax supported Greater Brownsville Incentives Corp. to buy more land for the project. They need between 370 and 460 acres, which is estimated to cost between $1.7 and $5 million.

Brown said they hope to complete the runway expansion by 2006"

http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/brownsville-54737-airport-cargo.html

“BROWNSVILLE, Feb. 18, 2004 The Brownsville/South Padre Island International Airport is closer to extending its runway and attracting more heavy cargo business after the City Commission on Tuesday approved $1.7 million to purchase 340 acres for the project.

Its important that we “do this now, said airport Director Larry Brown.

If we were to try to develop the area later, we would have to relocate people, and that's expensive.

the rate of purchase is about $5,000 an acre, mostly from Glick family property owners, Brown said.

The commission agreed to underwrite the loan, expecting at least a 90 percent payback from the Federal Aviation Administration from upcoming grant applications.”

http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/commission-57427-brownsville-airport.html

MARCH 2004:

“Last month, the city voted to allow the airport to buy land for a proposed runway expansion that would give the airport the longest one in the Rio Grande Valley at about 10,000 feet.

Things are moving, Brown said. A longer runway could bring heavier freight planes to the airport, he said, and plans are brewing to bring another passenger airline to town.“

http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/brownsville-57727-airport-airports.html

If Larry Brown’s current prediction is accurate it will be 10 year in the making. This is not leadership - this is a failed city commission. Again Larry is not the problem - he knows what needs to get done - he simply has his hands tied. Larry could be the most intelligent and competent person in aviation today, but so long as we have inept leadership within the Brownsville city commission Larry will remain a miracle cure going nowhere because no one knows how to give an injection.

I suspect the mayoral candidates will shy away from this issue. It is not like promising free money. People love to vote for free money, then complain about taxes when they have to pay for that “free” money.   Source:  BV Oct. 6, 2011   



2 comments:

Anonymous said...

iowa should be a tree lined boulevard instead of the piece of crap that it is.

BobbyWC said...

there is not a person on the city commission who understands the bad first impression Iowa gives visitors - especially businessmen. They fly into McAllen and see something beautiful - they fly into Brownsville and see a slum

Bobby WC