"This is a big decision and council knows this is a big decision, and it's a decision that can stamp the future," said City Attorney Charlie Harball.

Kalispell city officials have had a week to look at the most recent city airport study, a two year project completed by Stelling Engineering. Now, city leaders will take their first steps toward deciding what to do with the airport.

"Either we go forward on upgrades on this," Harball said, "or we maintain it the way it is."

Harball said the engineering consultants recommended upgrading the airport to what's know as FAA B-II standards.

"The reasons for that upgrade primarily is to increase the safety of the airport to increase it's viability," he explained.

But Scott Davis had a different view, "I don't believe people have been told what a B-II airport is, they don't realize that they're going to have a 12,500 pound aircraft over the city."

Opposition group Quiet skies points to a February plane crash to prove its point - bigger planes could cause bigger problems. Three people walked away without injuries and no one in the house was hurt, but Davis predicts another crash will happen, that's why he wants the airport left as is.

"Leave it alone, leave it as it is, and leave it in control of the city of Kalispell," he said, "If we go with Stelling Engineers plan we're turning it into complete control by the FAA, the government. We will not be able to say what, if, or nothing about out there."

Still, Davis tells us he's confident the council will be tough and ask the right questions.

"I think we're going to be represented very well by our council," he concluded, "They're pretty up on it."

The next step is for council to hear from the public and decide what to do with an airport trapped in a decade old controversy.