McCoy to head Tipton Airport Authority

Pilot, former legislator aims to double business

September 18, 2000|By Robert F. Patrick | Robert F. Patrick,SUN STAFF

Dennis C. McCoy, a lobbyist and former legislator who has been a pilot for more than a decade, has been named chairman of the Tipton Airport Authority by County Executive Janet S. Owens.

"Dennis is eminently qualified to lead the authority, and I'm delighted that he's agreed to do this for Anne Arundel County," Owens said in announcing the 3 appointment last week.

McCoy said he hopes to double within a year the number of planes using the airport on the southwestern edge of Fort Meade. The county has been operating the airport since last November.

McCoy also is planning to look for major aviation-related users for the Army hangars being rehabilitated on the site and said he would like to see one or more returned to their former use in helicopter maintenance.

Tipton markets its Central Maryland location as ideal for the personal and corporate owners of small, single- and twin-engine planes.

Board member David W. Almy said 44 planes are currently based at the airport. Forty "T-hangars" for small planes are scheduled to be installed in fall or winter and will allow 40 of the 160 owners on a waiting list to securely store their planes out of the weather.

There are no plans for scheduled airline or commuter service, McCoy said.

The county has spent about $400,000 so far restoring the former Army airfield. Almy expects the total cost of repairing and up-dating the field to approach seven figures.

McCoy said he has been a pilot since 1988 and a member of the airport board since 1998. He formerly represented Baltimore in the House of Delegates, but he said he has lived in Severna Park for 10 years.

He said he keeps an airplane at Lee Airport, southwest of Annapolis, but plans to move it to Tipton when the T-hangars are installed.

McCoy replaces Glenn C. Parker, who has been chairman since 1998 and involved with the airport project since 1995.

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