Perry-Warsaw Airport Business Plan
R.A. Wiedemann & Associates, Inc., performed a business plan for Perry-Warsaw Airport in 2004. Issues considered by the plan included an assessment of current management structure, additional hangar development, economic development, and community relations. The key issue for this airport, however, was the co-sponsorship by two towns, resulting in a lack of communications and substandard management practices. The recommended plan of action included three primary strategic initiatives:
- Airport Management Improvements: If economic development at the Airport was to move forward, the Towns had to come to grips with management and operation of the Airport. This meant establishing real lines of communication, authority, and responsibility. It also implicated the designation of an on-airport manager along with direct involvement in the mowing and snow plowing of the facility. In other words, things needed to change at the Airport if it was ever going to live up to its public investment.
- Hangar Development: It was recommended that new T-hangar development be undertaken using FAA entitlement grants. During the planning period, these grants could be used to construct an 8-unit T-hangar. Revenues from this development could be used to decrease operating deficits at the Airport during the planning period. Later in the planning period, it was recommended that the 6 older T-hangars be replaced and an additional 8 be constructed.
- Market Airport to Supplement Industrial Base: It was recommended that the Airport be marketed along with industrial and business park sites as a part of Wyoming County’s economic development plan. The Airport needed to be increasingly business-friendly and cater to single and twin-engine business aircraft uses. This would include the improvement of the automated fueling facilities for business and personal users, improvement of all-weather instrument approaches, and snow removal services that would permit business users to come and go during inclement weather.