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State police consider moving aircraft to Greenwood airport

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The state police are considering moving aircraft to the Greenwood Municipal Airport.

The Indiana State Police currently store one plane and three helicopters at the Indianapolis International Airport and one plane in Angola. State police use the aircraft to search for missing people and possible criminals.

Moving the four aircraft from where they’re currently stored at the Indianapolis airport would save the state police money and benefit another city’s airport by bringing a stable, long-term tenant, spokesman Dave Bursten said.

Greenwood’s airport is a possibility as a new location because it is in central Indiana and charges less in hangar rent than the large Indianapolis airport, Bursten said. The state police want to continue keeping the aircraft in central Indiana, he said.

The state hasn’t set a timeline for when it will move the plane and helicopters from the Indianapolis airport. The cost of hangar rent is a main consideration when officials look at possible new locations, including Greenwood, Bursten said.

“We’re looking to find the best option possible, and we’re willing to take the time to research it,” he said.

The standard monthly rent for a new, 3,600-square-foot corporate hangar at the Greenwood Municipal Airport is $1,440 per month, plus utilities, airport manager Rusty Nichols said.

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