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AUGUST 5, 2010
Airport users group meets to review information required for airport plan update
By Charlie Pottenger
Orofino airport users and members of the Orofino Airport Commission met at City Hall July 29 to review progress made under the existing Airport layout Plan and begin the updating process required to make potential future Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) funded improvement possible.
Under the existing plan the Orofino airport was able to secure Federal funding for recent taxiway improvements, reconstruction and extension of the runway, runway and windsock lighting and a new security fence.
Rick Laam, City Manager, introduced other members of the Airport Commission: Doug Donner, Chairman; Roy Clay; and Ron Banks. Users present introduced themselves and then the Project Managers conducted the balance of the meeting.
The update process was
explained by John Watson and Kayla Brown representing Riedesel Engineering of
Each participating airport must have in place appropriate five and 20 year capital improvement plans in order to remain eligible for possible future funds.
At the Orofino meeting the
project managers reviewed the current plan and improvements already
accomplished, projects already candidates for future funding and sought pilot
input for inclusion in the updated plan. All pilots using the
Some of the ideas surfaced at the meeting were runway seal-coating and widening, installation of restroom facilities, adding instrument landing aids and adding additional transient aircraft tie down spots.
Planning work is ongoing and a second meeting is planned for Orofino in September. At that meeting the project team will review current airport issues and needs, review the project inventory and facility requirements and forecast future project work.