Thursday, October 23, 2014

Pilot joins Ottawa’s airport board

By The Herald Staff | 6/2/2014

A retired Ottawa man and pilot who took his flying lessons at Ottawa’s airport now is a member of the Ottawa Municipal Airport Advisory Board.

Ottawa city commissioners voted unanimously Monday afternoon to appoint Tom Chappell to the board. He was tapped to succeed Jeanny Sharp, Ottawa, who recently resigned from the board with a little more than three years left on her unexpired term.

A retired Ottawa man and pilot who took his flying lessons at Ottawa’s airport now is a member of the Ottawa Municipal Airport Advisory Board.

Ottawa city commissioners voted unanimously Monday afternoon to appoint Tom Chappell to the board. He was tapped to succeed Jeanny Sharp, Ottawa, who recently resigned from the board with a little more than three years left on her unexpired term.

Chappell told commissioners he received his pilot’s training from his late father-in-law, Ralph Robertson, and Bob Dodson at the airport in the 1960s and 1970s. From 1931 through 1998, Robertson served as a flight instructor, according to archive accounts.

“I want to continue [Robertson’s] legacy by being a part of the Ottawa airport,” Chappell said.

Constructing additional T-hangars, extending the airport’s runway and doing a better job of publicizing the airport and its amenities were on Chappell’s list of airport needs — with T-hangars, where individual aircraft are stored, being a priority, he said.

Chappell noted the city currently is in the bidding process to have possibly up to 10 additional T-hangars constructed at the airport and said the additional storage space is a critical need.

Chappell, who is retired, said he thought his corporate management and finance experience would be an asset to the board, in addition to his knowledge of the airport.

A former president of the Ottawa Jaycees, Chappell also has been involved in Ottawa Rotary Club and on committees at the First United Methodist Church in Ottawa, according to his application. In his application, Chappell said he would like the opportunity to pay back to the community.

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