Eagles Nest Airport Runway Closure September 16th-18th for removal of the existing striping and replacement with the new threshold markings, numbers and centerline marking

Before landing or departing Eagles Nest, check NOTAMS for restricted area 5002A&B and/or contact the Warren Grove by calling 609-761-6700.  Always check whether the restricted area is active before flying.

KACY Control Tower: 609-485-8160
KACY Approach: 609-485-6193.

Hangars

The second Hangar building containing 18T hangars are ready for occupancy. To rent a hangar please email: eaglesnestairport@yahoo.com

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Hangar Pricing and Tie Down Update, Runway Closure, Runway Light, GPS Approach, PAPI Update

It has been a long fruitful year and I look forward to continued progress as the development of the airport rolls forward.

By the time you read this communication, fuel prices will have been rolled back to $6.00 a gallon and hopefully will be sustainable at that level.   I say hopefully, because the wholesale price has been jumping up and down by $.35 a gallon all summer.

Operational success with the development of the facility has also resulted in a substantial increase in the real estate taxes.  Real estate taxes of $50,000 plus a year represent the largest single expense of the airport.  Accordingly, after having been squeezed by the town. I am forced, for the first time in two years, to raise hangar and tie-down fees effective January 1, 2015.  Existing hangar and tie-down tenants will however benefit from a discount as compared to new tenants.

Effective January 1, 2015:

Monthly hangar rental to existing tenants will increase from $400 a month to $420.  For new hangar tenants the rental will be $440.

Monthly tie-down rental to existing tenants will increase from $80 a month to $90.  For new tie-down tenants the rental will be $100.

In recognition of your commitment to the airport, I have held back the increase till January 1, 2015.  I truly appreciate your business and will continue to keep both the hangar/tie-down fees, and fuel price to a minimum.

Runway closure.  The runway will be closed for three days- Tuesday through Thursday September 16, 17 and 18 for removal of the existing stripping and replacement with the new threshold markings, numbers and centerline marking.   Once completed, the FAA will test fly and certify the PAPI’s, beacon and runway lights which will then become operational.  This will then lead to the finalization of the GPS instrument approach for both runway 14 and 32.

On Monday, September 8, I am meeting with the Assistant Commissioner of NJDEP, NJDOT representatives, and representatives of the Governor and legislators to continue to work through the environmental issues holding up the taxiway.  This has been a painful and expensive process with the NJDOT and the NJDEP in conflict.  I have retained a lobbyist and have been working the political side to bring resolution to the issue.

I expect to file this month with the Eagleswood Township planning and zoning Board for the development of four home sites with access to the airport.  The application should be heard this fall and hopefully approved so work can begin in the spring.  Please contact me, if you are interested.

Thank you for your continued support and confidence in Eagles Nest Airport.  I appreciate your business and your suggestions to enhance our community airport.

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June 25th Article in The Sandpaper

Active Day on the Ground at Eagles Nest Airport

Jun 25, 2014

t600-Airport Open House     Eagles Nest Airport got some attention on Saturday, June 21 outside of an Eagleswood Land Use Board meeting. The airport held a 5K and open house.

The 5K, sponsored by the township, started the day. Despite having fewer runners than previous years, wellunder 100, the town was still able to raise just under $1,000 for the United States Organizations, better known as the USO.

“I thought we had really good attendance,” Mayor Debra Rivas said.

Rivas was with a group of walkers, enjoying the morning as a nice northerly wind showed up along with some clouds.

“As the morning went on, it got really nice,” Rivas said.

Numbers were down because the race is typically held in September, during the beginning of cross country season for local schools.

“This is the first time we had it at this time of the year,” Eagleswood Township Committee member Michael Pasternak said.

Airport owner Peter Weidhorn felt it was fun to do the open house with the township’s annual 5K, bringing a new dynamic to the event.

After the 5K, the open house took off. Kids were able to have their heads in the clouds with free plane rides.

“The thermals made it a bit bumpy, but other than that, it was a great ride,” Boy Scout Jimmy Lynch said. “I’m not a big plane person. I had only been on a plane once before. It was a big airlineplane, not a small guy like this. I wasn’t sure what I was getting into.”

But Lynch enjoyed the ride and would go again.

Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 898 of Toms River took some kids up in the sky.

“The draw is the flight,” member Dave Peck said. “Sometimes the pilots will let the kids take control of the plane.”

“If they live close by, we’ll take them over their house or school and let them grab a picture,” chapter Secretary Kurt Stofko added.

“This is all to stimulate youth interest in aviation,” Peck said. “Like any other group, you want to grow membership. Some of these youth, otherwise, wouldn’t even be aware of aviation. It’s a bit of an outreach program.”

Tables lined the entranceto the airport, featuring everything from pizza to remote-controlled planes.

Resident Glenn Lang brought along a hotdog stand that he had just used at the Sea Pirate Campground’s Chili Contest. The stand is worth mentioning because it’s from Yankee Stadium, used there in the ’60s.

“It’s got some battle scars, but for how old it is, it’s in great shape,” said Lang, who has been doing this as a hobby since he retired as a union bricklayer.

“My father was always selling hotdogs,” he said. “Now being retired, it’s something to do.”

Up just a bit, the Sothern Ocean County Flyers club set up some airplanes about the size of a skimboard.

“We just set up our tables and talk to people about RC,” club President Lou Castelli said.

Castelli has had a table at the open house since its inception, forming a strong relationship with Weidhorn.

“Peter is an aviation enthusiast,” Castelli said. “Big planes, radio-controlled planes, skydivers, it’s his life. All you have to do is just talk to him and you can see that.”

He said radio-controlled plane clubs often have issues finding flying sites. They have not had that issue thanks to Weidhorn greeting them with open arms.

“This is a community event, and the community is turning out,” Weidhorn said. “The leadership of the community is turning out. It’s wonderful.

“This about coming out and seeing it. Get off the couch and the Microsoft flight simulator and actually see it in real life.

“Do you see my excitement,” Weidhorn added, with a huge smile.

— Liam McKenna

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June 11th Article In The SandPaper

Eagleswood Land Use Board Conditionally Approves Site Plan for Skydiving Drop Zone at Airport

By LIAM McKENNA | Jun 11, 2014

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The Eagleswood Township Land Use Board is in a tough spot. The Eagles Nest Airport was jokingly deemed one of its best customers by the board. Yet at many hearings involving the airport, there has been negative commentary from the community. These complaints usually involve air traffic and the noise associated with it.

At its June 6 meeting, the board heard a site plan application for an existing skydiving drop zone. There has been some concern from the community concerning a skydiving enterprise at the airport, Skydive East Coast. Included in these concerns are traffic and noise, but also safety.

During the public discussion on the application, two residents raised concerns about Skydive East Coast. Resident Michelle Paccione, who appears to be the main voice against the skydiving business, attempted to air concerns of the community, including presenting a written statement by someone who was unable to attend. She also came with news articles, social media posts and images apparently depicting skydivers not jumping appropriately.

However, much of her testimony was deemed inadmissible – mostly due to hearsay.

“I’m sure you wouldn’t be satisfied with what everyone posted about you on Facebook,” planning board attorney Terry Brady said. “Facebook is not known to be a reliable and verifiable source of information.”

“So I can’t show you photos they’ve posted themselves,” Paccione replied.

“You don’t know that they took those photos,” Brady answered. “Who took the photo and when did they take them?”

Brady later took an opportunity to make a larger statement about public commentary regarding the airport at land use board meetings.

“What is before the board is not licensing or skydiving. That was done by somebody who is not on this board,” Brady explained. “This about of the use of the land you see, and the use of the land only – not the use of the air, not how they fly, not what they do up in the air. I’ve been through this a couple of times. The board does not have jurisdiction over that.

“We’re looking at the land and anything below the land,” Brady added. “Anything over the grass, the board kind of loses jurisdiction over.”

The board, however, did voice concerns during the meeting about skydiving being allowed at the airport.

“I still was amazed that they approved it so close to the Garden State Parkway,” board member Debra Rivas said, referring to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Skydive East Coast owner George Voishnis took time to address community concerns.

“I have jumped all over the world, and this is one of the safer places,” Voishnis said.

He also added that he wants to improve the company’s reputation with the community.

Regarding the application for a drop zone, lawyer Howard Butensky, representing the airport, said the meeting was a continuation of an application partially heard for site plan approval for the skydiving facility at the airport.

“I won’t belabor the history,” Butensky said.

“There was consensus that while the use is permitted, it does require site plan approval,” he said. “This is purely site plan.”

The board wanted to know how the business would function.

Voishnis told the board that prospective divers come into the airport, watch a brief video, sign waivers and participate in a “small” training session with the divers. The divers then go up and do their jumps, he said. This whole process, he continued, lasts an hour at most. He claimed that this process adds four to five cars of traffic.

The board raised concerns about whether the present drop zone was approved. There was a discrepancy on whether the drop zone was an approved size. Brady read from a document that stated the New Jersey Department of Transportation’s regulation on drop zones. Citing the document, Brady said restricted drop zones must be at least 900 feet in diameter. The Eagle’ Nest Airport’s drop zone diameter is 370 feet. Voishnis said the department has already approved the drop zone size at Eagles Nest, though no one could immediately provide documentation of that.

Skydive East Coast’s hours of operation were also briefly a point of discussion.

“We are competing with places … that open at 7 a.m. or at sunrise. We will not do that,” Voishnis said.

Initially, Voishnis said the planned hours of operation would be 10 a.m. until sunset on business days and 8 a.m. until sunset on weekends. However, that changed.

“The only thing is Sunday morning. It’s the only day I don’t have to get up at 4:30,” Rivas said. “I could live with 8 a.m. on Saturday, but on Sunday – I’ll leave it to what the consensus of the board is.”

Board members concurred, agreeing with Skydive East Coast that Sunday hours would begin at 8 a.m., but weekday hours would begin at 9 a.m. Holiday hours would begin at 8 a.m.

Waste management also came up during the hearing. The original site plan for the airport stated that waste management would be executed by a private entity. In actuality, though, the township collects the trash. Airport owner Peter Weidhorn claimed that there was not a lot of trash produced.

The board approved the site plan based on several conditions. The board needs to receive documented proof the drop zone size was verified by the DOT, FAA and U.S. Parachute Association. Additionally, any approval would be subject to submitting an operations plan, and the airport must have proper waste management. Finally, every effort must be made to lessen noise.

At the end of the public discussion section, Paccione raised other questions.

“Do you have to approve this site plan?” she said. “Can you turn it down? Can you say, ‘No. We won’t approve this site plan. We don’t want a drop zone. We don’t think it’s a good idea for this to be here, and have people flying over the Parkway all the time’?”

Board member Kenneth Holman said the board could, but then the applicant could appeal. In this situation, a superior court can hear the application. Then, Holman said, the board could lose its jurisdiction if the applicant felt its decision was “ambiguous or biased.”

“We’ve lost jurisdiction and things were granted that we didn’t want,” Holman added. “There were a couple of developments here in town that happened to. We don’t like losing that.”

The application was approved unanimously.

liam@thesandpaper.net

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June 12th Article In The SandPaper

High Exposure Aerial Advertising Comes to Eagles Nest Airport

Jun 12, 2014

Photo by: Jack Reynolds

Long Beach Island beachgoers will notice more local business ads flying overhead this summer, as the cost of aerial advertising just became more affordable.

Dave Dempsey’s banner towing business, High Exposure, is a new tenant at Eagles Nest Airport in West Creek, although he started his company 20 years ago. Based in Woodbine, Cape May County, the company now operates out of Eagles Nest in addition to a handful of other airports throughout the state. Because his services are based on an hourly operational cost, closer means more affordable for advertisers.exposure4

Only since airport owner Peter Weidhorn bought the property and began making improvements has Eagles Nest become a suitable option for a banner towing operation because of the well-maintained grassy areas that now exist alongside the runway where previously the terrain was too rocky and uneven to drag the banner along.

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How it works: a line with a three-pronged hook at the end attaches to a jointed, locking mechanism under the tail, and the other end of the rope is secured inside the plane where the pilot can reach it, so that after takeoff, the pilot can drop the hook out of the plane to dangle behind. Meanwhile, the ground crew has set up the gate (two poles spaced about 15 feet apart), loop rope (a circular rope strung between the gate posts that is caught by the plane’s hook) and tow line. The pilot approaches the gate slowly, then, just before the gate, opens the throttle and pitches sharply upward, snagging the loop rope on the way, which in turn lifts the tow line and message into the air.

Dempsey’s clients include big name brands such as Coors, Heineken, Wawa, Barnabas Health and Borgata Hotel and Casino, as well as the Island’s Country Kettle Fudge.

“We’re the biggest, but not the only” banner towing game in town, Dempsey said.

High Exposure operates year-round, flying aerial advertising over fairs and festivals, sporting events at the Meadowlands, over Baltimore Ravens and Orioles home games, and the like, with a fleet of 10 aircraft and about a half dozen each of full-time and part-time pilots. The fleet includes a Piper Super Cub, a Cessna 172 and – Dempsey’s favorite – a 1940 open cockpit biplane. Routes are customized to the individual client, and can range from 30 minutes to five hours. Weather is always a factor. Wind greater than 25 knots, thunderstorms, heavy rain or fog will cancel banner flights.

Starting and running a successful banner towing operation takes not only a significant financial commitment but also strict adherence to the Federal Aviation Administration regulations and processes. Challenges in the banner flying business include weather, federal regulations and changes in the economy.

Dempsey attributed the company’s success and longevity to a consistent focus on customer service excellence, while monitoring growth and modifying the planes to carry the largest signs in the industry.

The average billboard measures between 30 and 35 feet tall, 60 to 90 feet long. But a Barnabas banner advertising the 2014 Special Olympics is 40 feet tall and 115 feet long. Alternatively, some clients opt to spell out a message in individual, 3-by-5-foot ripstop nylon letters, strung together by fiberglass rods. The average message is about 45 characters long, Dempsey said. The signs can produce “a decent amount of drag,” according to operations manager Christopher Egan, especially at faster speeds, so 60 miles per hour is the comfort zone for banner towing and keeps the signs in better shape for a longer time.

Given the low-level maneuvers and tighter flight patterns, banner towing is a type of flying that requires a certain amount of finesse.

Dempsey’s Piper PA-18 Super Cub is a tail wheel plane with a frame made of steel tubing – lightweight, and with 180 horsepower. The airplane was built in 1953, but has a newer engine and a rebuilt fuselage made of a polyester material called Ceconite or Stits, which is sewn to the ribs and then shrunk with heat to stretch tight, “like a drum,” and then painted. Sixty years may seem old for an aircraft, but age is not the same for planes as it is for cars, Dempsey explained. “It’s all in how you take care of it.”

Modifications include a larger engine, a removed cowling for better engine cooling, a relocated oil cooler, increased wing area with wingtips, extended ailerons and an aerodynamic leading-edge cuff, an 82-inch propeller for more lift. Some are equipped with stall fences or vortex generators for better performance at slower speeds and lower-level flying. The goal, always, is optimal power-to-weight ratio.

— Victoria Ford

 

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Eagles Nest in the News and Monthly Dinner

The Sand Paper posted an informative article about some of the upcoming developments for the airport:

Eagles Nest Airport Will Build on 2013 Progress in the New Year

Attendance was high for the January aviator dinner at Calloways ( likely due to the freezing temperatures! ). The next is set to take place on February 12th.

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TO THE EAGLES NEST PILOT COMMUNITY

I am pleased to report that Eagles Nest, with the support of the Eagleswood community and the NJ Department of Transportation continues to grow and expand as a General Aviation Airport. Working with the Eagleswood recreational commission, we hope to establish an annual community day in September. The day would wrap around the 5K run and walk sponsored by the town and includes EAA chapter airplane rides, food, amusements, a DJ, the local fire company and a pilot fly in. We also hope to begin a pilot fly in for Toys for Tots in December.

I encourage you to participate in our monthly pilot dinner and Saturday destination lunch flight. To join either group contact Al Striet at allanstreit@earthlink.net.

We are also forming a flying club, as an alternative to renting an airplane, which will allow pilots to share the cost of an airplane while maintaining an ownership interest. Contact Dan Dreher for details 609-661-5568 (Daniel.dreher3@gmail.com)

A more comprehensive description of the airport development can be found under the tab “airport development.”

Hangar rentals and tie down fees will remain the same in 2014. I appreciate your support and business and encourage you to have pilot friends come and visit the new and exciting Eagles Nest. If there is a new face or airplane on the field, seek out the pilot, say hello and extend a hand in friendship.

A special thank you to the volunteers who help maintain Eagles Nest at their time and expense. Special thanks to Bob Lampkin for all he does for Eagles Nest, Pilots N Paws and general aviation. Without your help, I could not maintain the facility.
Please support the tandem skydive operation, the maintenance operation run by Thomas Gray (732-278-8201), our banner towing operators and flight/scenic ride school.

Fly safe and respect our neighbors. Peter

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Hangar Construction Complete

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Construction on the second set of hangars is nearly completed and they will be available for occupancy starting in January 2014

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The construction of the second set of hangers is progressing and the framing is being completed.

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Eagles Nest Airport had a great day at the Eagleswood Harvest Fair.

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