Do the citizens of Tupelo want large cargo aircraft landing in the city and taking off again? These big planes destroy the quiet and quality of life. I doubt they bring high paying employment.

8 Responses to “Airport”

  1. Rocket#1 says:

    What big cargo planes are we talking about?

  2. Lisa says:

    The military has used cargo planes to transport the helicopters. Then we have a concept of Tupelo being an alternate for Fedex or other national transport. The junk yard bringing in jumbo jets to dismantle and send pats world wide.

    Commercial airports need lots of flights to make enough money to pay the maintenance. The middle class that Tupelo wants will not live near a commercial airport.

  3. Rocket#1 says:

    With all due respect, I would take exception to some of these comments. Cargo aircraft transporting helicopters is very uncommon. If FedEx used Tupelo, it would be for a MEM relief which would be advantageous for a larger ground shipment point in Tupelo increasing employment opportunities. The junkyard only lands the aircraft (quiet part of landing and taking off). There’s other reasons for getting rid of that parasitic drain on airport financial assets and its detrimental impasse to airport growth and development.

    Tupelo Municipal was self-sufficient in 2009 and had more than $200K in rainy day reserves. It had dependable and reasonably priced commercial air service. What happened? Look at the leadership, lack of it that is, and you have your answer.

    There’s not a lot of residential development opportunity left around the airport. Moving the airport would cost $100M’s and the city would have to pay the FAA more than $50M to reclaim the current site. It is similar to moving the RR.

    Many municipal airports are successful, especially in the Northeast. Get rid of the current Board, develop a vision and mission statements with objectives set by a new knowledgeable, experienced Board that reaches out to the Public like it did in the first ten years of this millenium, and success will return.

    • Lisa says:

      Well said. But the fact remains that both the airport and railroad are reasons that the quality of life in Tupelo declines. The airport depended on government handouts and still does. If Tupelo is to be come a better place it needs to refuse Federal and state handouts and starts exporting more than it imports.

      Handouts promote the welfare attitude which is what Mississippi is famous for. Finding real solutions and changing the way of life requires a change in thinking about just getting by, and feeding the good ole boy network. If making the quality of life better draws a $500M research crew than perhaps dumping the old junk is worth the change. You can not move forward and hold on to the old way of thinking.

  4. Rocket#1 says:

    Interesting choice of words. Utopia and Socialism come to mind. If one follows the growth and development of Tupelo Municipal, it is quite evident that citizens chose to move nearer to the airport. Established in 1950, it was located well outside the city limits in the country.

    The real problem for Tupelo is that it is plagued with the Boss Tweed syndrome. It has leadership that manipulates and creates policies, programs and projects for their own personal gain. If honesty and integrity had been exercised in the last century, this airport would be a major economic development tool for all of Tupelo and the surrounding region.

    Growth and evolution today in every sector of society revolves around some fashion of government handout. However, if you research the “fed” handout for aviation/airports, it reveals that those dollars come from the Aviation Trust Fund. This is the program that supports airport capital growth and projects. It comes from taxes imposed on aeronautical use. It’s kind of a unique and novel approach unlike the road system and DOT funding sources.

    Until the Mayor replaces those members of the TAA Board who live outside the City of Tupelo, the future looks pretty bleak for a return to self sufficiency and success the airport had in the last decade.

    • Lisa says:

      The last 30 years have changed the way growth happens. The antitrust laws are not enforced and lobby money drives the profits. Big corporations control the laws and lawyers get to control patents and the very profitable law business. Government spending at one time fostered new innovation and growth from those ideas. Now we have every new technology a secret protecting both national security and the corporation profits that made it. Laws making it a crime to pass innovation from one job to another prevent growth. The education lobby forces degrees and licenses to restrict individual growth without having to pay the man. It does not have to be that way and was not that way. Remove money from politics and the restrictions it buys and you will not need government handouts to grow. A start would be removing forced insurance and social security. This is just a way to promote the one percent from gaining more power. We no longer need over night delivery or door to door service the airlines provide.

      I agree the board is just rewards to political favorites. If you look at companies like Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, UBER especially you will find government a roadblock not a benefit. We do not need a licensed taxi company when individuals can make an income without government controlling them.

    • jnewman says:

      Well you might be interested in knowing that Greenville got rid of their service and has replaced it with service to Dallas and Houston. Mean while TAA just keeps talking and doing nothing. How pitiful.

    • jnewman says:

      Well you might be interested in knowing that Greenville got rid of their service and has replaced it with service to Dallas and Nashville. Mean while TAA just keeps talking and doing nothing. How pitiful.

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