With Horace Williams Airport on the brink of closure once again, both the speaker pro tempore of the Undergraduate Senate and student club Carolina General Aviation are trying to save the historic institution.
UNC’s undergraduate senate will hold a full senate meeting Tuesday, where a resolution in support of the airport is expected to be introduced by Speaker Pro Tempore Kennith Echeverria.
Echeverria said that a driving cause for his resolution is that North Carolina is the birthplace of aviation, and therefore students should have the ability to explore the field. He heard about Carolina General Aviation’s goal and wanted to put the support of student government behind keeping Horace Williams Airport alive.
“Well, I think the airport has a rich history and I think that it benefits not only our local community here in Chapel Hill and statewide, but I also think it benefits Carolina students – I know that the aviation club allows students to go on a flying trip and I think that that is just exceedingly beneficial,” Echeverria said.
The club, founded in 2016, is seeking $5,111.60 to operate three flying events for its members to participate in flying around UNC and the Triangle.