The purpose of
Airport Solutions Update
is to keep the public informed about the ongoing efforts to improve air service at Friedman Memorial Airport and to pursue
a replacement airport.
Our goal, as always, is to uphold our commitment to the public to be open, accessible and as transparent as possible.
Updates are posted on IFLYSUN.COM
and sent out via email when new information is available.
*NOTE: Items marked with an asterisk have occurred since the last FMAA meeting and will be briefed at the next meeting.
November 18, 2013
Improvements to Friedman Memorial Airport - The
Federal Aviation Administration has indicated that FMA has design
deficiencies that, if not remedied, could result in the reduction or
elimination of some air service. As such, FMAA partnered with
the FAA to study ways to meet the design standards for aircraft that use
the airport currently (C-II and C-III). The team has identified a plan
to meet congressional safety area requirement and is currently in the
process of implementing it.
Runway Safety Area Improvements Project
- Phase 1 of the construction project is moving along well with
only few more elements left to be completed this fall before
construction resumes in the spring.
- Documentation of final
approval of six Modifications of Standards (MOS) from FAA headquarters
is expected this month. Delays have been attributed to the government
- The FMAA Board agreed to initiate a pre-qualification process for contractors bidding on Phase 2 of the project.
plans for the terminal modifications and new Snow Removal
Equipment/ARFF building continue to be refined. At the FAA's request,
Airport Staff and engineers are developing appropriate justification for
- FMAA Board instructed Airport Staff to explore
the possibility of purchasing a small parcel of land adjacent to the
North end of the runway to mitigate FAA concerns about an angled portion
of the parallel taxiway. It is still unclear if this will be necessary
or if other solutions could address FAA concerns.
- As a reminder,
the RSA Improvements Project will require two airport closures of
approximately one month each in late April and early May of 2014 and
2015. The projected closure dates for 2014 are April 28 - May 22
(re-opening in time for Memorial Day weekend).
Pursuit of a replacement airport-
A replacement airport is likely the best long-term solution for air
service to this community. Critical components in the replacement
airport process would include locating a feasible site, building
community support, identifying and developing funding sources and
evaluating operational feasibility.
- At the November meeting, the FMAA Board unanimously agreed
it is time to embark on a master planning process to further define the
future of air service for the Wood River Valley. The master plan will
serve primarily as a guide for maintaining and improving Friedman to
meet safety, regulatory and user needs for the foreseeable future. The
Master Plan will include a chapter that explores potential sites and
anticipated costs for a replacement airport.
- The Board hopes to be under contract and to begin master planning late winter. The process is likely to take 12-18 months.
& Hunt has been selected to continue doing the airport's on call
planning services including the Master Plan. Next steps are development
of a scope of work with them.
Improvements to Air Service:
- The cities of Hailey and Ketchum passed the 1% Local Option Tax
increase in the November election. Tax collection begins in January and
will create a pool of approximately $2 million annually to put towards
air service marketing and contract services for the community.
Upcoming Opportunities to Learn More
- Coffee Talk - Q&A with Airport Manager Rick Baird and Communications Director, Candice Pate
- Tuesday, November 19, 7:30-9AM Shorty's Diner in Hailey
- Airport Tour - see the challenges first hand
- Wednesday, November 20, 11:30AM-1:00PM, light lunch will be served. Space is limited, email Cecilia@flyfma.com to reserve your spot.
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Photo: (Header) Planes at Friedman Memorial Airport - by Nils Ribi