GAINESVILLE | Officials in Gainesville and Hall County are considering a study to determine whether the runways at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport can handle larger aircraft.
The study would test the strength of the runways at the Gainesville airport. If the runways can handle heavier aircraft, that could allow more business jets to land.
Airport Manager Terry Palmer tells The Times that he hears from pilots of business jets looking to land at the airport, but has to turn them away and suggest alternate airfields because of the Gainesville airport’s current weight limits.
If the study shows the runways can handle the larger aircraft, the results would be submitted to the Federal Aviation Administration. The federal agency makes the final determination on whether airports can raise their weight limits.