20-Mar-2011 Source: HeliHub.com
The Portsmouth City Planning Commission voted in recent days to allow Air Evac Lifeteam to build a hangar at their existing helipad between 11th and 12th Streets.Â The plans include allowand for installation of an above-ground fuel storage tank.Â No objections were raised by State Fire Marshalâ€™s Office or the Portsmouth Fire Department.
Most of the objections from local residents focused on the fuel tank, with only a six foot fence round it.Â Others had suggested a fence round the whole facility, and Air Evac Lifeteam have agreed to the latter.
The plans would allow for other helicopters, not just the Air Evac Lifeteam based aircraft, to use the location as a refuelling stop.
The issue next goes in front of the City Council.
These plans follow the recent acquisition by Air Evac Lifeteam of Life Air, whcih comprised this base and a second at Chillicothe, both in Ohio.Â (see HeliHub.com story)