Laconia Airport Authority Still Waiting For FAA Airspace
Nearly a year ago, Tom and Mary
Noonan went to the Laconia Airport Authority in the lakes region of
New Hampshire proposing a tandem skydiving business they hoped to
locate at the airport. The airport safety committee said they had a
number of liability and safety concerns, and wanted to take a look
at how such businesses were handled at similar airports.
The safety committee decided it needed guidance from the FAA,
and requested that the Administration conduct an airspace safety
analysis to see if skydiving could fit in with other activities at
They're still waiting.
"Once we receive [the analysis], the Safety Committee will have
a meeting," Newb LeRoy, Vice-Chairman of the Laconia Airport
Authority, told the Citizen of Laconia. "We'll start getting things
together from there and make a recommendation to the Authority as a
The FAA told Airport Director Dianne Cooper that they are
currently inputting the airport's information into a database.
In the meantime, Tom and Mary Noonan have been taking turns
flying to New Hampshire for monthly board meetings. Tom Noonan
thinks the FAA will tell the airport authority that skydiving will
be compatible at the airport, But LeRoy said the FAA analysis is
not the final word on the matter. "If the report is negative, the
authority can say negative and agree with that," said LeRoy. "If
it's positive, we can agree with that or disagree with that."
LeRoy said that if the FAA says skydiving can be done safely,
and if the Safety Committee and the Airport Authority agree, the
Noonans would still have to comply with airport standards,
negotiate a lease, and sign a contract.
Tom Noonan told the paper that, while he doesn't think he's
received a lot of support from the Airport Authority, he's hopeful
the business will eventually get off the ground. "Mary and I are
confident that the FAA will come back and say that this airport can
sustain skydiving," said Noonan. "We're anxious to see what
happens, we're going to keep a positive frame of mind, expect
positive results and we'll go from there."