Airport Projects in Progress
|RSA Improvements - Phase 2
The relentless forward progress continues as we implement
the plan to address FAA design deficiencies at Friedman Memorial
Airport. The RSA Improvements - Phase 2 project includes elements toward a Runway Safety Area at the airport that
complies with FAA RSA standards. In order to provide a compliant RSA,
Taxiway B must be relocated 70 feet to the west. In order to clear the
way for the relocation of Taxiway B, multiple other operational areas
must be relocated as well.
The Project Elements for this project are as
- Relocate the south half of Taxiway B from a separation of 250 feet to 320 feet. This will require reconstruction of apron areas,
relocation of the airport's Automated Weather Observation System and various other improvements.
- Extend Taxiway B to the south end of Runway 13-31. This will require extensive modifications to the airport's storm drainage system.
- Remove the south half of Taxiway A.
- Grade the south half of the Runway Safety Area (RSA). On the west side of the runway, the RSA grades exceed FAA standards and will be re-graded. On the east side of the runway, the grades are flatter than FAA standards and will be graded to improve drainage.
2013-2014 Tentative Schedule
November 5, 2013 - Scope of Work Approval -
December 3, 2013 - Complete Independent Fee Estimate Review -
December 3, 2013 - Work Order Negotiation Complete -
December 2013 - Initiate Design
December 31, 2013 - Preliminary Design Complete
January 15, 2014 - 65% Design complete
January 31, 2014 - 95% Design complete
February 12, 2014 - Final design complete/advertise for bids
March 14, 2014 - Bid Opening
April 1, 2014 - Award Project
April 28, 2014 - Begin Phase 1 (Airport Closed)
May 22, 2014 Phase 1 Complete
June 30, 2014 - Construction Complete
September 2014 - Closeout
RSA Improvements - Phase 1
The relentless forward progress continues as we implement the plan to address FAA design deficiencies at Friedman Memorial Airport. The RSA Improvements - Phase 1 project includes elements which represent the first step toward a Runway Safety Area at the airport that complies with FAA RSA standards. In order to provide a compliant RSA, Taxiway B must be relocated 70 feet to the west. In order to clear the way for the relocation of Taxiway B, multiple other operational areas must be relocated as well.
The Project Elements for this project are as follows:
- Relocate the South Hangar Taxilane to provide access to these hangars. The current access will be removed during construction of future RSA improvements.
- Overlay a portion of existing GA aircraft parking apron to strengthen the pavement and accomodate larger aircraft displaced by RSA improvements.
- Modify the existing airfield perimeter fence to make it frangible along the curved portion of the fence at the northeastern boundary of the airfield.
- Remove an existing above ground propane tank and install a new, underground tank adjacent to the airport's Air Traffic Control Tower.
2013-2014 Tentative Schedule
June 25, 2013 - Submit Draft Scope and Fee to Owner and FAA - Complete
July 1, 2013 - Complete Independent Fee Estimate Review - Complete
July 2, 2013- Work Order Negotiation Complete and Initiate Design - Complete
July 15, 2013 - Preliminary Design - Complete
July 25, 2013 - Advertise project - Complete
August 7, 2013 - Final Design - Complete
August 26, 2013 - Bid Opening - Complete
August 30, 2013 - Award Project - Complete
September 3,2013 - Pre-Construction Conference/NTP - Complete
October 1, 2013 - November - Construction on Apron Overlay, Road improvements, and Gates/Fences - Complete
April 28 - May 22, 2014 - Taxilane Construction (Airport will be closed during this construction)
April 28 - June 2014 -Taxilane and Taxiway B Construction
Late July - Early September 2014 - Construction on Terminal Apron, North Hangar Prep, and SRE/ARFF Prep
Winter 2014-2015 - Construction on SRE/ARFF Building, Terminal, and Hangar Construction
Spring 2015 - Construction on SRE/ARFF Building and Terminal continues
April 27 - May 21, 2015 - Construction on Taxiway B (Airport will be closed during this construction)
Summer 2015 - Construction on North Bypass/Cargo and South Bypass
RSA Improvements - Project Formulation
The Friedman Memorial Airport Authority (FMAA) recently completed a Technical Analysis and upon review of the Analysis, the conclusion of the community and the FAA was that Alternative 6 would be pursued, with additional future planning to consider elements of Alternative 7 that are necessary to accommodate airport uses displaced by construction of Alternative 6. The purpose of this formulation is to develop a phasing and funding plan to implement the projects identified in Alternative 6 that are necessary to achieve Runway Safety Area (RSA) compliance.
The Project Identified in Alternative 6 will accomplish the following:
- Full Compliance with C-III RSA dimensions
- Minimum runway to parallel taxiway separation of 320 ft
- All aircraft parking outside of the Runway OFA
2013 Tenative Schedule
March 12 - Fee Negotiations Complete
April 16-17 - Visit Helena to discuss Modifications of Standards
May 1 - Preliminary Modifications of Standards Coordination in progress
June 1 - Complete SRM Panel
June - Continue with formulation tasks and refine alternatives
July 2 - Present refined alternatives to Board
July - Complete negotiations and begin design
July 31 - Send out bids for construction
September/October - Begin construction for Phase I
Spring 2014 - Begin construction for Phase 2
Instrument Procedures Feasibility Project
The Friedman Memorial Airport Authority (FMAA) remains committed to providing reliable service for both commercial airlines and general aviation users of the Friedman Memorial Airport (SUN). A primary factor impacting reliability of the airport is the ability of aicraft operators to access the airport during times of Instrument Metrological Conditions (IMC). With the help of airport engineers and consultants, the FMAA will develop a study that will identify the instrument procedures improvements that may be feasible for FMA.
The Study Elements for this project are as follows:
- Study Design
- Project Management
- Instrument Procedures Feasibility Analysis
The first G650 jet to land at Friedman Memorial Airport, January 2013.
2012-2013 Tentative Schedule
Week of December 20, 2012 - Project kick-off teleconference
Week of February 11, 2013 - Team 2 day onsite visit
March 29, 2013- Draft report submitted
April 2, 2013 - Project update to FMAA Board at Regular Board Meeting
April 15 - Instrument Approach Procedure Analysis Complete
April 29 - Begin conversations with FAA regarding approaches
May 7 - Final Approach Study Report submitted to Airport Staff
2013-2014 - Negotiations with FAA and planning
2015 - Possible new procedure and equipment installation viable.