Northampton Airport prepared for potential severe weather

Flight lessons should be up and running again by Saturday

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – 22News was on the Northampton Airport tarmac, Friday night, when ominous clouds started to roll into Hampshire County, and staff rushed to store and secure the planes.

The airport has 95 airplanes, which were either tied down or placed in one of their hangars. Flight instructor Vinny Melling told 22News they kept an eye on their radar and decided to cancel all flights on Friday.

Melling said clearing the tarmac was standard procedure when there’s a tornado watch, warning, or other serious weather condition. “This ramp looks a lot like it would in the winter, if we were going to have a heavy snow storm,” Melling said. “We have all of the planes packed away. It’s a fair amount of work, but it makes it easier to get up and running the next day.”

He said they expect flight lessons to resume Saturday morning, but they’ll keep a close eye on the radar overnight.

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