WARSAW — The Board of Aviation Commissioners discussed communication with the Federal Aviation Administration and approved a hangar lease during its meeting Tuesday, March 12.
Ken Ross, NGC Aviation Consultants, started the meeting by providing the board with updates on the FAA’s thoughts regarding the airport’s upcoming projects. These projects include rehabilitation for Runway 1836, power line lowering, and the airport’s overall layout plan.
During his report, Ross provided board members with a hard copy of the airport’s capital improvement plan, which was approved in January.
Regarding the Runway 1836 rehabilitation project, the construction safety phasing plans will soon be uploaded to the FAA’s website for approval.
“We anticipate having that project ready for bids in mid to late May,” said Ross. “Even though we know it’s not on the agenda for getting funded, if we hear from supplemental funding or some projects get shifted around, we need to have bids in hand.”
With the power line lowering project, the FAA is still coordinating the pen and ink submittal for it. The FAA said it would have the process done by March 1, but Ross told the board he has not heard back on it.
“More than anything, they just want to make certain that everything is by the book,” said Ross.
Ross also said he is currently waiting on the FAA to approve the airport’s runway end coordinates before the airport layout plan can be approved in full. He was supposed to hear back from the FAA on Feb. 26 but has yet to receive any comments on the plan.
“The plan meets every single thing the FAA wants,” said Airport Manager Nick King. “I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be accepted.”
“Those runway end coordinates are the foundation of the airport layout plan,” said Ross.
In other business, King told the board that the airport’s fuel sales and gallon usage are down in comparison to this time last year due to the weather.
The board also approved a request by John Gleeson to rent a vacant T-hangar.
The board’s next meeting will be at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 9.