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The
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is intended to keep the public informed about ongoing efforts to improve air service at Friedman Memorial Airport and to pursue
a replacement airport.
Our goal is to be open, accessible and as transparent as possible for all.

 

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*NOTE: Items marked with an asterisk have occurred since the last FMAA meeting and will be briefed at the next meeting.   

June 2014  

  

The Friedman Memorial Airport Authority (FMAA) has made great strides in recent months identifying a plan to address FAA design deficiencies at Friedman Memorial Airport and exploring ways to improve reliability and increase air service. The latest updates regarding these efforts and others are outlined below.  

 

Improvements to Friedman Memorial Airport - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has indicated that the Airport 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 (C-III) for aircraft that use the Airport currently. The team has identified a plan to meet congressionally-mandated runway safety area (RSA) requirement by the December 31, 2015 deadline and is currently in the process of implementing it.
 

Runway Safety Area (RSA) Improvements Project      

 
  • A draft of the RSA Improvements Projects final summary report has been submitted to the Board and Staff for review. It is expected to be completed by the July meeting.
  • All projects currently underway are on schedule and on budget.
  • Project 1: Relocating hangar taxi lane/overlay apron/security fence improvements. Project is completed.
  • Project 2: Relocate/extend Taxiway B and runway safety area grading. Project is underway, on schedule and on budget.
  • The plans for Projects 3 & 4: Terminal reconfiguration and airport operations building. Completed an on-site meeting with City of Hailey Planning & Zoning Commission. June 9 hearing went well and project continues to move forward with construction slated to begin this fall.
  • The bidding for Project 5: Terminal apron reconstruction/site preparation. Design is well underway with bidding scheduled for July. Construction slated to begin August 15.
  • Facility acquisitions: Appraisals and review appraisals for hangars were received and are in agreement. Offer letters were delivered to all hangar owners. Four have responded favorably and the goal is to close by June 30. Two are planning to rebuild and two are not. Still waiting to hear from the final owner. Discussions with the US Forest Service are ongoing.
  • The RSA Improvements Projects will bring Friedman Memorial Airport into compliance with FAA Safety Area Design Standards. They will allow Friedman to survive and thrive with the type and size of aircraft that currently use the airport. They do not address the reliability issues at Friedman. Some improvement to reliability has come with the change to Regional Jets. FMAA continues to work with the FAA to explore new approaches to improve reliability.
   

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.  

  

  • With the Master Plan Scope of Work approved by the Board in the April meeting, Staff is working through an Independent Fee Estimate and Fee Negotiation Process.
 

General 

  • The budgeting process for FY15 is well underway and a preliminary draft was shared with the Board at the June meeting. Due to the significant spend related to RSA Improvements, it is likely that rates and charges will need to be increased to ensure operation reserves are replenished in a timely fashion.
  • Highlights from the Winter 2013/2014 Passenger Survey
    • $44 million in economic impact from winter air travelers
    • Over 1000 estimated new first-time visitors due in part to the SFO flight
  • To commemorate the inaugural DEN-SUN flight on July 2, FMAA in partnership with Fly Sun Valley Alliance, Sun Valley Company and United Airlines is planning a welcome celebration including a "water arch", cake and beverages, music and welcome gift bags. The flight is scheduled to touch down at 8:45 PM and the public is invited to attend.
  • CHECK-IN 90 minutes before 9am - SUN air travelers advised to check-in early this summer for morning flights
    • This summer, beginning July 2, there will be 3 flights departing SUN before 9:00am - SLC, SFO and DEN.  Since each of these flights is via a 70 passenger regional jet, it is going to be a VERY busy time for check-ins and security. FMAA is encouraging all SUN outbound air travelers to check-in at least 90 minutes in advance for morning flights.
  

Upcoming Opportunities to Learn More

  • Coffee Talk - Q&A with Airport Manager Rick Baird and Communications Director, Candice Pate
    • Tuesday, July 1, 7:30-9AM at Starbucks in Ketchum.   

  • Airport Tour - see the challenges first hand
    • Tuesday, July 1, 12:00-1:30PM, light lunch will be served. Space is limited, email Cecilia@flyfma.com to reserve your spot. 

 

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