From dream to reality: new airport terminal opens
By Randy Gilless Pocahontas Airport Manager Special to the Star Herald
The journey for a new airport terminal began with the 2017 flood. The reconstruction process following the flood, included treating the building for the onset of mold. In August of 2019 the new Safety Director Scott Baltz and his crew notified Airport personnel that Black Mold had been discovered in the Fire Station and given the fact that the Airport Terminal occupied the same building the chances were high that it was in also in our side, too. Tests were ran and it was confirmed that there were three types of mold in the entire building one of which was hazardous. Safety Director Baltz directed the evacuation of the building and the Fire Department relocated to the old BRTC Aviation School building and the terminal was moved into temporary accommodations inside a portable trailer.
Plans were immediately set into action and Airport personnel contacted the Arkansas Department of Aeronautics for help. Estimates were collected on remediation of the mold versus construction of a new terminal and a new hangar which would accommodate Survival Flight’s needs.
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