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Planes Grounded

By: Justin Ware
By: Justin Ware

Airport officials in Wisconsin Rapids are trying to get their runways up to full service again.

On Friday, the Federal Aviation Administration put a temporary stop to all flights on ultralight and unregistered aircraft at Alexander Field in Wisconsin Rapids.

The problem, according to the airport manager, is the lack of a grass runway. The FAA mandates a second runway for the lighter aircraft, something Alexander Field doesn't have.

"Right now, we have quite a few of the ultralights that are operating off the blacktop," said Kurt Gross, airport manager. "And so we've got conflicting traffic with heavier aircraft."

Gross says there will be a meeting on Tuesday to fix the problem.


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