Airport Solutions Update
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.
Update is posted on our website and sent to our email database as new
information becomes available. To become a subscriber, please go to WWW.IFLYSUN.COM
and click on the "Airport Solutions Update" button on the left hand side.
*NOTE: Items marked with an asterisk have occurred since the last FMAA meeting and will be briefed at the next meeting.
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
requirement by the December 31, 2015 deadline and is currently in the
process of implementing it.
Runway Safety Area Improvements Project
- Project 1, relocating hangar taxi lane/overlay apron/security fence improvements, will restart late April
2, relocate/extend Taxiway B and runway safety area grading, has been
awarded to Western Construction, Inc. from Boise and will begin April
- FMAA anticipates a grant offer from the FAA during the week
of April 7, for approximately $18M, that will fund RSA Improvement
Projects 2 - 5.
- A computerized model of the terminal building
reconfiguration and a rendering of the new operations building (Projects
3 and 4) were shared at the April 8 FMAA Board meeting. The model and
rendering were very positively received by the public with minimal
- The Airport will be closing as scheduled, to
facilitate RSA improvement construction on April 28 at 8AM and reopening
on May 22 at 12PM.
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.
- The Master Plan scope of work was approved at the April 8
FMAA Board meeting with minor edits related to the "triggers" analysis.
Improvements to Air Service:
- FSVA is currently meeting with its various airline partners to
discuss service opportunities and schedules for winter 2014/15 and
summer 2015. They anticipate having these air service contracts
negotiated and completed by May in order to have adequate time to start
marketing the service.
Upcoming Opportunities to Learn More
- Coffee Talk - Q&A with Airport Manager Rick Baird and Communications Director, Candice Pate
- Tuesday, April 29, 7:30-9AM at Starbucks in Ketchum.
- Airport Tour - see the challenges first hand
- Wednesday, April 30, 12:00-1:30PM, 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