Purdue University Airport master plan

Purdue University Airport (WLFI Photo)
Purdue University Airport (WLFI Photo)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (The Exponent) – Three more aircraft hangars may be built on the east side of the Purdue airport, according to the Purdue airport master plan.

Purdue’s 20 year airport master plan includes multiple runway renovations, seeking to enhance flight experience and convenience for the student pilots. An informational meeting was held Monday afternoon in the terminal lobby, allowing visitors to ask questions and offer feed back.

Purdue has hired Woolpert, a design and infrastructure company based in Indianapolis, to execute the plan which includes alternatives for the extra hangars and taxiway additions.

Betty Stansbury, the airport director of Purdue Airport, has been accepting public comments and offers. Many student pilots have already voiced their takes on the plan.

“They (student pilots) are the largest user(s) of the airport, so that really is the reason why we are here,” said Stansbury. “We try to incorporate their ideas into the plan.”

The airport currently has two runways, primary (10-28) and crosswind (5-23), which are used in both Purdue’s flight program and Lafayette Aviation – a local full service fixed base operation. Terminals and hangars of Purdue and Lafayette Aviation are all grouped within the north part of the airport.

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