The Federal Aviation Administration wants more information on the threat of a potential bird problem before granting money to extend a runway.

Logansport/Cass County Airport Manager Tim Dalton said Thursday that the FAA has withheld approval of the airport authority grant application for funds to extend the runway pending a bird study. Dalton said the study will be shared by the authority and Waste Management, which plans to expand its landfill east of the airport.

The delay however means that plans to extend the runway east across Kokomo Pike is on hold at least a year.

“My intent is still to have the runway project fully funded next year,” Dalton said Thursday. “The goal is still to have the 5,000-foot runway operational by next year,” he said.

“Although it’s disappointing, it’s frustrating to some degree, I understand the FAA’s decision and we refocus our energy and move forward and continue to push.”

Birds are one of the most dangerous hazards for small planes and birds often gather at landfills to scavenge food. Dalton says there has never been a reported bird strike at the airport.

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