Electircally speaking, everything's up to date at Payson Airport where a new, state-of-the-art beacon was installed Monday, along with a massive generator capable of providing the airport with all of its electricity needs in the event of a power outtage.
"The beacon we've had is an ancient, inferior type system," said airport manager Ted Anderson. "The new beacon which weights 250 pounds and will be atop a 30-foot pole is much larger and will be a definite asset as a location-finder for people flying toward Phoenix who may have a problem and need to land at our airport."
The new beacon has a split green-and-white rotating light that can be seen from up to 50 miles away in good weather conditions, Anderson said.
The new generator, he added, will zap the airport with "all the power that we need now, and that we will need 10 or 15 years in the future," Anderson said. "The runway/taxiway system will be on there, our automated weather observation system will be on there, our beacon and computers will be on there. It's really a big addition to what we've had."
The total project cost more than $300,000, Anderson said. Ninety-one percent of the cost was funded by a Federal Aviation Administration grant. The remaining 9 percent was split by the town and the Arizona Department of Transportation.