Jim Deal reappointed to the Metropolitan Airports Commission

Jim Deal of Ramsey was recently reappointed to the Metropolitan Airports Commission by Gov. Mark Dayton.

Jim Deal
Jim Deal

This will be the first full term of four years on the commission for Deal. He was first appointed by Dayton in March 2011 to fill the remaining term of Andy Westerberg.

His new term expires Jan. 2, 2017.

Deal, developer and owner of PSD Holding, LLC in Ramsey, said the expertise he brings to the MAC is in real estate.

According to Deal, MAC has a lot of non-aeuronautical land that he wants it to be more proactive in selling to bring in more revenue to the metropolitan airports system.

An ongoing issue at the Anoka County-Blaine Airport is the future of the contract control tower.

Joe Harris, manager of the Anoka County-Blaine Airport, said if he had to make a prediction, he thinks the control tower funding will be there. He has not heard any negative news from his sources and most importantly, the Federal Aviation Administration has not notified him that funding would be discontinued.

However, Harris knows that the status of FAA funding as a whole is still uncertain because Congress remains at a budget discussion stalemate.

Harris was pleased about Deal being reappointed to MAC.

He said the Anoka County-Blaine Airport has always been well represented by its district commissioners and Deal is carrying on that tradition.

“It is nice to have a guy on MAC who is not just engaged with the MAC stakeholders, but community stakeholders as well,” Harris said.

Eric Hagen is at [email protected]