OLIVER – They’re called fly-in communities or airparks, and one may soon be landing in the South Okanagan.
It’s a residential community in an airport, where each home will have a hangar for their plane, allowing pilots immediate access to a runway.
Larry Schwartzenberger, Oliver Councillor and Chair of the Airport Advisory Committee, said the money made from leasing and selling the homes, will directly benefit the airport.
“We could enhance the airport: extend the taxiways, extend the runways and bring in bigger aircrafts. So there’s all sorts of options on how to improve the airport.”
The town must first get the provincial government’s approval before the plan can move forward because the government owns the airport.
The B.C. government is expected to provide an answer by the end of summer.