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.
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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.
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.
continues to work with the FAA to explore new strategies to improve reliability. The RSA Improvements Projects also have the effect of limiting the space needed to sustain ongoing airport operations effectively, such as for snow removal/storage and aircraft parking.
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) requirements by the December 31, 2015 deadline and is currently in the process of implementing it.
Runway Safety Area (RSA) Improvements Projects
- 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 completed.
- Project 3: Terminal reconfiguration. Mead & Hunt met with Architectural Committee July 16 to discuss interiors and budget. Schedule: documents available to contractors August 19 and bid opening September 16.
- Project 4: Airport operations building. Mead & Hunt met with the FMAA Architectural Committee July 16 to discuss interiors and budget. Schedule: documents available to contractors September 1 and bid opening September 23.
- Project 5: Terminal apron reconstruction/site preparation. Bids were opened on July 29; there were only two bids, both were responsive. Board approved awarding the bid to Western Construction with a not-to-exceed amount of $2,540,264.70. In addition, the Board approved a stand-alone gate project to Balanced Rock Electric in the amount of $84,202.
- Project 6: Relocate Taxiway B/remove Taxiway A/north apron. Construction to begin next Spring but preparations are beginning now. The goal is to get all work done by July 1, in time for the busy July season. Proposed timing:
- Sept: Scope of Work
- October: Fees
- January: Design complete
- March: Award project
- April: Construction begins
- April 27 - May 21: Airport closure.
- May 21 - mid June: Partial closures
- The Board authorized staff to proceed with a grant application for Project 6 and other remaining work in the RSA Improvement Program.
- Facility acquisitions: Two owners plan to rebuild and Staff is working with owners to develop sites. US Forest Service has decided to relocate their helitack base off airport and the offer for their existing facility has been accepted.
- 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 in reliability has come with the change to regional jets. FMAA continues to work with the FAA to explore new strategies to improve reliability. The RSA Improvements Projects also have the effect of limiting the space needed to sustain ongoing airport operations effectively, such as for snow removal/storage and aircraft parking.
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.
- Master Plan: Minor changes to the Scope of Work of work were made to further emphasize safety during the planning process and the Board authorized Staff to enter into contract with Mead & Hunt for proposed fee not-to-exceed $611,726
- FY 15 draft budget was approved at the August board meeting.
- The annual July corporate event went well; more organized than ever before and traffic was somewhat lighter than previous years, though the planes were larger. Master planning will be critical in helping to identify how we are going to address aircraft parking pressures going forward.
- Coffee and snacks are now being made available at the airport for early morning flights. This is being done on a trial basis with representatives from the Senior Connection, in an attempt for them to assess the revenue potential for such a service long term.
- The Board asked legal counsel to draft a letter regarding the Bellevue/Flying Hat Ranch proposed annexation process to be reviewed at the next meeting.
Upcoming Opportunities to Learn More
- Coffee Talk - Q&A with Airport Manager Rick Baird and Communications Director, Candice Pate
- Monday, August 26, 7:30-9AM at Starbucks in Ketchum.
- Airport Tour - see the challenges first hand
- Tuesday, August 27, 12:00-1:30PM, light lunch will be served. Space is limited, email Cecilia@flyfma.com to reserve your spot.