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Extended runway opens at Flying Cloud Airport

cloudairportNov. 16, 2009, Eden Prarie, MN – Flying Cloud Airport’s south parallel runway re-opened with an extended length of 5,000 feet, making it a more efficient, attractive airport for business aviation.


November 16, 2009
By Administrator

Nov. 16, 2009, Eden Prarie, MN – Flying Cloud Airport’s south parallel runway re-opened with an extended length of 5,000 feet, making it a more efficient, attractive airport for business aviation.

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“Improvements to Flying Cloud Airport represent an important investment in the future of the region,” said MAC Chairman Jack Lanners. “A 5,000-foot runway designed for today’s business jets together with a new building area make Flying Cloud Airport a strong selling point in attracting businesses to the region and retaining those already here.  These improvements help send a message that this is a great area in which to conduct business and create jobs.”

The Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC), which owns and operates Flying Cloud and six other airports in the Twin Cities area, broke ground on the $17 million airport improvement project in August 2008.  Since that time, Runway 10L/28R was extended 301’ to a new length of 3,900’, and Runway 10R/28 L was extended 1,100’ to a total 5,000’ and widened to 100’, up from the previous 75’.  The taxiway system was extended, and navigational aids are in the process of being relocated to accommodate the longer runways.  A new south building area was developed to accommodate additional aircraft hangars as demand warrants.

Before the project began, the longest runway at Flying Cloud Airport was only 3,900’ – too short for some modern business jets to use when fully loaded with passengers, bags and fuel.  As a result, pilots would have to stop at another airport with a longer runway to add fuel or passengers.  With a 5,000’ runway, Flying Cloud can now safely accommodate most business aircraft fully loaded – improving the efficiency of the airport and the MAC system as a whole.

Funding for the improvements included nearly $10 million in federal aviation grants and approximately $7 million in MAC-generated funds.

Flying Cloud is among the busiest of the MAC’s six reliever airports, with more than 119,000 annual landings and takeoffs and 400 aircraft based at the facility.  A 2005 study by Wilder Research estimates Flying Cloud generates $80 million in annual economic activity and supports 775 area jobs.

For more on Flying Cloud Airport, visit www.youtube.com/user/MetAirCommission