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MAY 2020

Follow the latest news from the Perry-Houston County Airport. 
MAY, 2020
As Georgia opens for business this month, it won't be business as usual, but the Perry-Houston County Airport is serving pilots and aircraft with coffee and fuel.  Coffee (pilots) is free and fuel (aircraft) is as low as it's been in years. 
“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”
― Leonardo da Vinci
AIRPORT AUTHORITY MEETING SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY, MAY 4th, 2020

The monthly meeting of the Perry-Houston County Airport Authority is scheduled for Monday,May 4th, at 4 pm at the Perry-Houston County Airport terminal.  This meeting will be held online and if you wish to observe, the information to connect with the stream will be sent to the recipients of the newsletter via email.  The link to observe will also be posted on our airport website, www.pxeairport.com.

(Rerunning this article this month to make sure everyone has a chance to read it)
WE NEED YOUR HELP (AND COOPERATION)

Running your engine while your aircraft is within the hangar environment, heading north or south, deposits grit and loose debris into the hangar tracks and into the hangars.  PLEASE cut your engine while headed east or west and help yourself and your neighbors in the hangar area.  Debris accumulating in the door tracks causes water flow during heavy rains to divert into the hangars.  Dirt and debris also blow under the hangar doors, causing aircraft owner ire.  Be a "good neighbor", to borrow a slogan, and cut, not reduce, your engine RPM before turning your aircraft north/south.
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During the month of April, we were made aware of a threat to local aircraft caused by low flight over an irate homeowner.  This was resolved by local authorities and did not involve the airport.  However, we would like to remind pilots of the minimum safe altitudes for aircraft as stated in the FAR:

§ 91.119 Minimum safe altitudes: General.
Except when necessary for takeoff or landing, no person may operate an aircraft below the following altitudes: 
(a) Anywhere. An altitude allowing, if a power unit fails, an emergency landing without undue hazard to persons or property on the surface. 
(b) Over congested areas. Over any congested area of a city, town, or settlement, or over any open air assembly of persons, an altitude of 1,000 feet above the highest obstacle within a horizontal radius of 2,000 feet of the aircraft. 
(c) Over other than congested areas. An altitude of 500 feet above the surface, except over open water or sparsely populated areas. In those cases, the aircraft may not be operated closer than 500 feet to any person, vessel, vehicle, or structure. 


In the local congested area, a couple of 4-story buildings seems to be the tallest structure height, so about 40-50’ would be the tallest building, although water towers within the congested area could top 160’.  Add that to the reported altitude of Perry-Houston County airport of 418’, and simple arithmetic gives you a legal altitude of around 1600’ AGL in our congested areas.  As a matter of information, the highest structure (that we know of) in Houston County is a fire lookout station in Kathleen at 463’, the highest land point in Houston County is in Henderson at 550’ and most cell phone towers are around 100’.
All that to say, if you’re in the vicinity of KPXE, stay at pattern height, if you’re over our local towns, stay at legal height, and if you’re going to buzz coyotes, buy yourself 50 acres, cut all the trees, and stay over your own property.
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GETTING AROUND THE AIRPORT

Everybody's got their own way of getting around the airport.  Some have golf carts, some have bicycles, you see a scooter now and then, but this is the first time that we've noticed a ..... a...... shall we call it a skateboard?  With the amount of rain we've been having last month, I guess you could serf across any large puddle you run into while skateboarding along.
Perry Air LLC Back in Business
Perry Air, our local Flight School at Perry-Houston County Airport fell victim to the "separation" mandate for Georgia and Houston County during the last month.  According to Alex Zoltak, owrner of Perry Air, they are resuming instruction this month (with caution).  Glad to hear it, Alex!  Call Perry Air at : (478) 284-0880 for more information.
The Link Snacks corporate helicopter, a 2016 Airbus EC 130 T2 stopped by for fuel and business last month.  What a paint job, guys....
SPECIAL DAYS IN MAY: 

May 1 - May Day
May 4 - International Firefighters Day
                               Star Wars Day (May the 4th be with you)
May 5 - Cinco de Mayo
May 6 - National Nurse Day
May 9 - National Teacher Day
May 14 - Mother's Day
May 15 - Chocolate Chip Day
May 20 - Armed Forces Day
May 26 - Sally Ride Day
May 28 - Amnesty International Day
May 29 - Memorial Day
May 31 - World No Tobacco Day
 

SAFETY (AND HEALTH) FIRST

We at the Perry-Houston County Airport are doing what we can to mitigate the CoronaVirus possibility at the airport.  Sanitizing the countertops and surfaces that might be touched during the normal activities of the day is being done multiple times per day.  We also encourage anyone not feeling well to postpone visiting the airport.  Pilots already know that "flying" and "not feeling well" are two conditions that are not compatible.  Be cautious during this trying time and help yourself and others by following the 'separation' conditions stipulated by Federal and State agencies.

DO YOU KNOW????
 Most of us are familiar with the aircraft listed below, but do you have any idea of the number that was produced? Match the aircraft to their production numbers.  Any two correct without checking Google makes you an "expert".
 
1.            North American P-51 Mustang                               A.  18,482
2.            Piper J-3 Cub                                                         B.  15,000+
3.            Douglas Aircraft DC 3                                            C.  13,000+
4.            Boeing 727                                                             D.  5,685
5.            Cessna 172 Skyhawk                                             E.  1,832
6.            Beech Bonanza                                                       F.  44,000+
7.            Piper PA-28 Series                                                 G.  19,888
8.            Consolidated B-24 Liberator                                   H.  16,000
9.            ERCO Ercoupe                                                        I. 10,403
10.          Chotia Weedhopper                                                J.  32,778+


Answers on our website:  www.pxeairport.com/quiz

Perry-Houston Country Airport is a public-use airport located four miles northwest of Perry, GA. Field elevation is 418 feet. The airport was activated in May of 1947. KPXE (The ICAO Identifier) is open to the public and has no permanent control tower. The airport is under Atlanta Center's  Air Route Traffic Control Center. KPXE has a single runway aligned 18/36 that is 4,999 feet long and 100 ft wide. The high-intensity lighting, including the MALSRs are pilot controlled on 122.725, the CTAF/UNICOM frequency. LPV, ILS, VOR and LOC approaches are utilized. The Airport Manager, Jim Marquardt, can be reached at 478-988-3699. Normal hours of operation are 0800-1800 and self-serve AvGas (100LL) is available 24/7. Call out service is also available. 
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