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Good Morning I have a short review of changed to the state and federal grant programs available to Nebraska airport sponsors and recent and proposed projects. Pictured is the Division’s King Air. It is available to the Governor and all state of Nebraska agencies. Last week it was scheduled to transport the Governor to the State of the State addresses.
Airplanes need a place to land: runway with length and pavement strength for their aircraft, instrument approaches to allow them to land when needed, terminal facilities to allow them to get when they need to go. Recreational pilots fly when the weather is favorable, businesses fly when they need to conduct business. Alma: picture several years old, numerous developments (hangars built by private parties, terminal building, PAPI) next project is parallel taxiway, hoped to construct this year
There are 80 public use airports in the state, which serve many different roles. All public-use airports are required to be licensed by the Division of Aeronautics. 9 airports have commercial air service (Omaha, Lincoln, Grand Island, Kearney, North Platte, McCook, Scottsbluff, Alliance and Chadron) and are identified with red and green. The remaining 71 airports are general aviation airports. There are also a large number of private-use airports in Nebraska 9 commercial service airports include: Alliance, Chadron, McCook; serviced by Boutique Air. Kearney, North Platte, Scottsbluff had a new carrier in 2018, SkyWest Airline. All three airports have seen HUGE increases in their enplanements. Grand Island: Allegiant and American Eagle Lincoln: Delta and United Omaha: Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, Allegiant Air, American, Delta, Frontier, Southwest Airlines, United The airports with commercial service are required to have a Part 139 Certificate from the FAA and are inspected annual by FAA Certification Inspectors.
New to 2018 is the Supplemental Appropriations funds. It was included in the omnibus spending bill last March. The Supplemental Appropriations is funding outside of AIP. Eligibility and funding rules for AIP discretionary funds apply. As with all changes, we had to wait for FAA guidance before they could move forward. Published in the July 9th register.
Priority airports are outside of the green shaded areas. Based on the NPIAS report published Sept. 26, 2018: Nebraska has 46 priority general aviation airports and 2 non-hub primary airports. NE has the fourth highest number of airports. / 3.38% of priority airports / prorate to $33M ALL NPIAS airports can apply!
There is not a lot of time between July 9 and the end of August to have a project bid. We had one project in the design phase that stood out as a potential candidate. Not supported. Talked to the consultant – ask them to accelerate their design phase to be ready for an August 2018 bid instead of the planned February 2019 bid They said they could do it. I promptly went on vacation. FAA did not release the selected projects until after the congressional release, Sept. 21. FAA awarded about $200M, most to small hub airports.
In late September, the Broken Bow Municipal Airport received a supplement grant for $2.544 M for the rehabilitation the original runway section. A traditional AIP grant covered the engineering services. The Broken Bow Municipal Airport is located north of Broken Bow and serves Custer County and the surrounding area. The runway was originally paved with concrete and has been widened and extended a couple times. The original runway section has significant distresses and has been identified as in need of rehabilitation. In the RT photo the widening and the pavement distresses are visible. Kirkham Michael did a great job getting this project bid and ready to accept the grant. Paulsen will start construction in the spring.
No publically available selection criteria, expect politically motivated selections Shutdown will delay project selection 34 requests from 33 airports.
Several of our requests are for airports that are not able to fund the local match to a traditional AIP project. These airports are critical to the local economies. This year we will have about 12 airport transfer away their funds because they don’t have the local share. About ½ of these airports have pavement rehabilitation needs.
After a series of short term continuing resolutions, the Airport Improvement Program was reauthorized last October New change: Allow state highway specifications for pavements at non-primary airport serving aircraft less than 60,000 lbs. We have requested approval from FAA Central Region but they need guidance from FAA Headquarters before they can respond. FAA Airport Division is working through the federal government shutdown. Other changes affect NE airports: No longer have the economically depressed exception Allows unclassified airports to received NPE, with restrictions Small airport release - $1M to airports who didn’t meet enplanements Reallocated expiring funds SRE building provision for OLU AWOS policy change Ability to use look-back provision
In 2018 the Division started a Economic Impact Study of Aviation in the state of Nebraska. The Division selected GBA from the five firms that responded to the RFQ. GBA is working with: Kimley-Horn Olsson Associates University of Nebraska
The kickoff was held Oct. 12 at Duncan Aviation’s Hangar B. Duncan was the perfect host.
Currently in the data collection phase. Survey is available online. Airport manager survey also airport tenant and airport user Goal is to have 100% response rate from the airport managers. We are not there yet. There are also site visits scheduled. Looking for the unique “stories” of the airports. Each airport will get a toolkit to use to promote the study findings and their airport
Most people are not aware of aviation’s impact – even those who work on/with their airport. Information from FlightAware (May 2016 to May 2017) obtained by Burn McDonnell as part of the terminal area planning Data based on flight plans filed with air traffic control, does not include the visual traffic Data revealed itinerant aircraft operations between Fremont and over 200 various locations throughout the US
In 2018 Nebraska airports received just over $29 in AIP funds. Grants were issued in June and July. Note that all the sizeable grants were for runway rehabilitation. Requests to rehabilitate other airside pavements were not funded.
This is a breakdown of the federal funding. The FY2018 grant breakdown is similar to the previous three years. This is disappointing as we had requested a large amount of discretionary funds (green column).
In 2017, there were 23 grant issued to general aviation airports, 5 grant to primary airports, and one to NDA. There were a couple reasons for the decrease in grants in 2015. The biggest reason, the FAA was able to issue multi-year grants. Multi-year grant include funding from future year entitlements. This allows the airports to initiate their projects before all the funds are available. If they are able to carry costs for future reimbursement, this allows airports to complete their projects earlier. There were 6 airports that took advantage of this option and used their 2015 entitlement to fund earlier grants. The multi-year grants are not an option under the current continuing resolutions.
State grants can reimburse 90% of the eligible costs of a state grant or 2% matching for a federal grant.
Of the 80 public-use airports in Nebraska, 73 are eligible to receive federal AIP grants. 66 airports have received federal funds through AIP. The airports highlighted in red are the eight airports are not identified in the NPIAS and therefore not eligible for federal funding. These airport have historically relied on state grant funds. Since sufficient funds to assist these airports with their current needs are not available, the future of these airport is uncertain. The impact of these airports on the aviation system varied greatly as several have large numbers of based aircraft while others have little development. The FAA released the ASSET 2 report which classified the general aviation airports and required airports to be classified in order to received entitlement funding. Four of Nebraska’s airport are currently unclassified and the FAA has indicated that they plan to unclassify an additional 6. NPIAS airport without obligations: Chappell, Greeley, Fairmont, Harvard, Hyannis, Scribner, and Wallace.
Bloomfield has the newest pavement of the non-NPIAS airports Constructed in 2002 with a state grant Existing pavement section 4” of NDR type 14 Businesses operate from the airport What is their future?
The current challenge to the state aid program is the lack of available funds. Historically, the aviation fuel tax went to the state grant fund. However, since the later 1990s the funds are now needed for operating expenses for the department. Fuel Tax 1945: 5 cents/gallon with 2 cent rebate on jet 1965: 5 cent for AV, 3 cent on jet, no net change
This is a list a current unfunded airport needs that was generated in our office. The list includes needed rehabilitation and the development identified in the Nebraska Aviation System Plan. Note: list does not fit on one slide, apron in photo not on the list
New hangar construction and hangar rehabilitation New: larger doors, turning radius Rehab: new doors, hangar ramps Fuel: add credit card reader, new system
Project scope was to reconstruct the runway. Original project included the taxiways and apron. The airport was paved at the same time and all the sections had a similar project history and condition. The scope was reduced due to limited funds to meet the local match to the federal grant. The grant was funded with AIP discretionary funds so the change in scope reduced the grant funds. The airport is currently closed. The Airport requested that the contractor start the project in late 2018 knowing that the runway would not be open before winter shutdown. Paving will be in the spring. The airport desires the runway to be open for their busy summer season.
Reconstruction of runway 14/32, included narrowing the width from 100’ to 75’ and new runway lights. Pavement section same as prior runway project and where able to use the preliminary findings from previous project. Contract was ready to go as soon as funding was in place. Project is substantially complete. Contractor: Ideker, Inc. (St. Joseph, MO) Consultant: Benesch FY17 grant for engineering services for $366,000 ($406,667 project) FY18 grant for construction for $2,668,000 ($2,964,444 project)
Reconstruct runway 18/36, formed WWII airbase Includes runway width reduction from 150’ to 100’, correction of line of sight, realign existing taxiway connectors, runway lighting & signage, relocation of FAA owned NAVAIDS Received a 2017 grant, original planned for spring 2018 construction start, city desired earlier completion date so worked with contractor to start this year. Talked with airport manager last week and they are very pleased with progress Consultant: Alfred Benesch & Company Contractor: Paulsen
Entire airport 47B Example of airports that would benefit from the Mod to Standards that would allow State concrete specifications. Expensive project with two bidders.
The Plattsmouth Municipal Airport was originally designed as an airport with visual approaches supporting light aircraft. Their role has changed as there is demand to serve larger aircraft. The airport currently has non-precision GPS approaches and there are possibilities of future approaches with precision type minimums. The problem: The first three T-hangars were constructed in the object free area for C-II aircraft. Finding funding the relocation has been an struggle for many years. Funded in FY2017 with NPE transferred from other Nebraska airport. Construction/grading started last fall. Paving is scheduled for next spring.
Construct partial parallel taxiway A complicated EA was needed as full parallel taxiway impacts Soldier Creek. Hope to complete taxiway before EA expires.
The 2018 grant were issued even later than the year before. The congressional releases were delayed and the grants must be released before they can be issued. First grants were not issued until June.
Requested 12 projects, received funding for 2. AIP is currently funded through January 19. not sufficient funds to run FAA formula. Aurora – original project scope included rehab of all asphalt pavement Beatrice – original scope included taxiway and apron work as well runway width will be reduced by 25% new lights installed plans have been submitted for review
Funding for construction projects remains one of our biggest challenges. Includes local, state, and federal funding. The runway pictured in these slides was constructed in 1997 for light aircraft with a state grant. The airport is currently being used by heaver jets and the pavement is feeling the stress. These operations are supporting the economic activity in several counties. Although the airport is eligible for federal funding, the airport sponsor does not know if they will be able to fund their share of an AIP grant.
That concludes a quick overview of airport projects and funding. Any Questions?
Supplemental Appropriations!Supplemental Appropriations!
• $1B available through Sept. 30, 2020$1B available through Sept. 30, 2020
• Priority consideration given to classifiedPriority consideration given to classified
general aviation airports outside of ageneral aviation airports outside of a
metropolitan/micropolitan statistical areametropolitan/micropolitan statistical area
• Small hub airports also eligibleSmall hub airports also eligible
• About 1,400 airports meet criteria forAbout 1,400 airports meet criteria for
priority considerationpriority consideration
• Federal share is 100% for GA airportsFederal share is 100% for GA airports
Round 1Round 1
• Criteria published in July 9 FederalCriteria published in July 9 Federal
• Applications due in AugustApplications due in August
• Projects must be bid prior to September 1Projects must be bid prior to September 1
• FAA received $1.1B in requestsFAA received $1.1B in requests
• Selections made based on eligibility andSelections made based on eligibility and
schedules, non-priority airports not eligibleschedules, non-priority airports not eligible
Broken Bow Municipal AirportBroken Bow Municipal Airport
Round 2Round 2
• Requests for remaining funds were dueRequests for remaining funds were due
October 31October 31
• Anticipated selected projects to beAnticipated selected projects to be
announced the end of January, currentannounced the end of January, current
status unknownstatus unknown
• All Nebraska requests are for projects atAll Nebraska requests are for projects at
general aviation airports, most pavinggeneral aviation airports, most paving
FAA Reauthorization Act ofFAA Reauthorization Act of
• Extends Airport Improvement ProgramExtends Airport Improvement Program
(AIP) through 2023(AIP) through 2023
• Lots of changes but need FAALots of changes but need FAA
Headquarters interpretations beforeHeadquarters interpretations before
• Authorization AppropriationsAuthorization Appropriations
Economic Impact Study!Economic Impact Study!
• Nebraska Aviation Counts!Nebraska Aviation Counts!
• Goals to provide data on the impact ofGoals to provide data on the impact of
aviation in the State of Nebraskaaviation in the State of Nebraska
• Contracted with GBAContracted with GBA
• Last updated in 2002Last updated in 2002
• Currently in the data collection phaseCurrently in the data collection phase
• Funded with a grant from the FAAFunded with a grant from the FAA
Study Kickoff Meeting, Oct. 12Study Kickoff Meeting, Oct. 12
Origins of flights into FETOrigins of flights into FET
2018 Federal AIP Grants2018 Federal AIP Grants
Nebraska airports received 26 grantsNebraska airports received 26 grants
– Grant funds of just over $29MGrant funds of just over $29M
– Construction projects include:Construction projects include:
Alliance: rehabilitate runway 8/26Alliance: rehabilitate runway 8/26
Aurora: rehabilitate runway 16/34Aurora: rehabilitate runway 16/34
Beatrice: rehabilitate runway 14/32Beatrice: rehabilitate runway 14/32
Broken Bow: rehabilitate runway 14/32Broken Bow: rehabilitate runway 14/32
Lincoln: rehabilitate runway 17/35Lincoln: rehabilitate runway 17/35
State Grant ProgramState Grant Program
• The program includes state grants andThe program includes state grants and
matching grants for federal projects.matching grants for federal projects.
• All licensed public-use airports are eligibleAll licensed public-use airports are eligible
to receive state grants.to receive state grants.
• Funded from aviation fuel taxes.Funded from aviation fuel taxes.
• 2018 State Grants Allocated on Oct. 122018 State Grants Allocated on Oct. 12
• Bloomfield: asphalt crack repairBloomfield: asphalt crack repair
• Hastings: rehabilitate taxilane/apronHastings: rehabilitate taxilane/apron
• North Omaha: construct apronNorth Omaha: construct apron